Gymnastics for young children is an excellent way for them to participate in a physical activity, whilst learning important skills such as gross motor, co-ordination, social and emotional development.
London Mums Group has found some fantastic organisations and clubs around London that hold gymnastics classes for little ones and preschoolers:
Enjoying the soft play at Heathrow Gymnastics Club
1. The Little Gym Location: Various London Locations Website: The Little Gym
The Little Gym is a fantastic way to introduce your child to gymnastics. They hold regular classes in several London locations, which are filled with music, movement, learning and laughter. Classes start for little ones from just 4 months old and go up to kids of 12 years old, so there's something for everyone.
2. TJ's Gymnastic Club Location: Wimbledon Website: TJ's
Structured classes are available for young children, where they will learn basic gymnastics skills and have access to the fun soft play equipment. Parents are asked to be involved with the toddler gym class, whilst the older preschool classes are for just the children.
3. Tumble Tots Location: Various London Locations Website: Tumble Tots
Tumble Tots is the UK's leading physical play programme and winner of the 2017 Tommy's Award "Best Children's Activity Provider". Classes are available from 6 months of age and aim to develop children's physical skills through a structured programme, whilst making use of the brightly coloured Tumble Tots equipment.
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4. Flying Angels Gymnastics Club Location: Streatham Website: Flying Angels
Preschool gymnastics classes at Flying Angels Gymnastics Club start from age 2 and run for 45 minutes. Flying Gymnastics Club is a well known club, with older children competing in local and regional competitions.
Heathrow Gymnastics Club is one of the most successful gymnastics clubs in the UK and runs a fantastic preschool program, called Gymlets, for little ones aged 20 months to 4 and a half years. At Gymlets, children are given a gentle and informal introduction to the world of gymnastics. During the day, Heathrow also holds "Playgym" sessions, where toddlers and young children can enjoy the soft play equipment and the awesome play structure.
6. Richmond Gymnastics Association Location: Richmond Upon Thames Website: Richmond
The Richmond Romper programme, for children aged 8 weeks to 5 years, provide wonderful preschool gymnastics classes, teaching little ones balance, co-ordination and other basic gymnastic skills. All classes are structured, delivered by qualified coaches and are taught through a variety of fun activities each week.
7. East London Gymnastics Centre Location: Beckton Website: East London
Preschool gym classes at East London Gymnastics are fun and exciting for children aged 3 to 5 years. Soft play sessions on all the soft play equipment, gym apparatus and the awesome 3 storey jungle gym are also available through the week.
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