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AUCKLAND & WAIKATO: Fun, child-centered, physical activity and movement to music classes for babies and pre-schoolers ages 6 weeks to 6 years. Enjoy playing with your baby, meeting like-minded parents, learning about your baby’s brain development and developing essential safety skills. Specially designed equipment and qualified instructors provide educational activities in a positive, safe space developing a foundation of confidence and self-esteem.
AUCKLAND & WAIKATO: Fun, child-centered, physical activity and movement to music classes for babies and pre-schoolers ages 6 weeks to 6 years.

Enjoy playing with your baby, meeting like-minded parents, learning about your baby’s brain development and developing essential safety skills.

Specially designed equipment and qualified instructors provide educational activities in a positive, safe space developing a foundation of confidence and self-esteem.

Our friendly team of Jumping Beans licensees welcome you and your baby/pre-schooler to any of our centres throughout NZ:
   
  • Susan Blackwell, Licensee, Jumping Beans Auckland Central, Auckland East & Ponsonby - sue@jumpingbeans.net
 
“If you were granted 3 wishes for your baby or children in your care, what would you wish for? Health, happiness, self-esteem?

Our goal at Jumping Beans is to empower you, as parents and caregivers, to raise happy, healthy and confident children for a peaceful and sustainable future.

You have one of the most important jobs on this planet because you are responsible for your child’s brain development which happens most rapidly in the first five years.

Your baby’s brain is formed through what he or she experiences in this highly sensitive time.

The name Jumping Beans represents the tremendous potential and zest for life that all children are born with. Just like a little seed, given appropriate nurturing, our children have the potential to grow into strong, healthy and resourceful individuals with high self-esteem.

We take a playful, fun and child-centred approach at Jumping Beans where each child is respected, cherished and valued.

At Jumping Beans we recognize the importance of emotional connectivity as the foundation for learning and self-esteem, and that you, as the nurturer, also need nurturing.

Parenting in our nuclear society can be an isolating experience and we welcome you to join our Jumping Beans family where we offer support and friendship.

Jumping Beans is a great place to meet new like-minded friends.

The activities at Jumping Beans are designed to support you in supporting you child’s development and learning. As you play alongside you child, our trained instructors explain how each activity links with your child’s brain development.

The core programme of Jumping Beans follows the developmental stages of your baby’s brain.
  • The first part of the brain to develop is the Brainstem. This is developed through lots of love, hugs and cuddles with mum or a consistent loving caregiver.
  • The next part of the brain to develop is the Midbrain, formed though lots of music and movement experiences.
  • The next part of the brain is the Limbic System, formed through positive social interactions and the final part of the brain to develop is the cortex, responsible for complex thought processes such as reading, writing, arithmetic, and humour.

FAQ's

What happens in a class?
  • Jumping Beans qualified instructors use a child-centred focus with parental involvement.
 
  • Custom designed, colourful gym equipment is used to enhance early childhood development. The class includes movement to music, ball skills and rythmics, for balance and hand-eye co-ordination. Music, dance and singing develop language and self-esteem. Interactive play encourages Emotional Intelligence (EQ).
 
  • Children work at their own pace through a structured program. They learn successfully in child sized steps. Action-packed classes meet developmental goals of your child’s growing ability level.

Ages and Stages at Jumping Beans?
  • IT IS MORE IMPORTANT FOR YOUR CHILD TO BE IN AN ABILITY RELATED CLASS. Please note that all ages are guidelines only. If you are unsure which class is right for your child, please talk to us.
 
  • Baby Beans classes for infants from 6 weeks: Learn how to encourage your baby's natural development stages (e.g. "tummy time" and postural control enables your baby to crawl and sit) in a safe and friendly environment. Meet other parents. Join in the fun and learning.
 
  • Crawler Beans classes for babies on the move, up to approximately 15 months: Learn fun, appropriate sensory-motor exercises that will help with your baby's co-ordination and balance (essential for walking).
 
  • Toddler Beans classes for up to approximately 24 months: Learn essential safety skills (e.g. climbing down safely) for your increasingly mobile toddler. Help your toddler develop safe grips and motor planning - developing enhanced lung capacity and agility.
 
  • Runner Beans classes for the "terrific two's" - plenty of aerobic exercise to tire them out! Learn about essential eye control exercises, for hand-eye co-ordination and later reading and writing at school. Developing language, listening and musical skills.
 
  • Gym Beans classes for approximately 36 months up: Assist with your pre-schooler's agility, gymnastic skills and fitness. Learn to develop your child's social skills - vital for emotional intelligence, confidence and self-esteem.
 
  • Bigger Beans classes for 5 to 8 yr olds, focus on building confidence and self-esteem through educational gymnastics, perceptual motor programmes, brain gym, flexibility, balance, coordination, ball skills, cooperative games and team building exercises.

What if my child seems reluctant to join in at first?
  • Children have different learning styles and respond individually to a Jumping Beans class. Some rush in regardless. Others consider each move carefully and spend a lot of time watching. Sometimes they try out activities at home, before venturing to try them at Jumping Beans
 
  • It may take a number of sessions before your child begins to get very actively involed. At Jumping Beans we encourage each child to join in at their own pace, and to participate in the activities of their choice. They gradually gain the confidence to try most things.

Does my child have to do all the suggested activities?
  • Jumping Beans provides a wide range of activities to challenge children in different ways. When children are ready for a new skill they will learn quickly and easily.
 
  • We encourage these times of readiness. Sometimes a a child is not ready for a particular challenge. We should be sensitive to this, and our instructors are happy to suggest alternatives.

How can I assist my child to get the most out of Jumping Beans?
  • Children love encouragement and reinforcement of what they do. Non-verbal reinforcement works well.... "Oooooh!" "Yahoo!", and nothing replaces a hug.
 
  • Describing what children do helps by giving them understanding and control. "You walked the full length of the beam looking straight ahead!" "You landed on two feet!" "You watched the ball!'

For how long can my child benefit from Jumping Beans?
  • Families who participate in Jumping Beans for several years achieve the most long lasting results. Some benefits reported to us are CONFIDENCE, PHYSICAL SKILLS and SOCIALIZATION. These benefits transfer to many other areas of our children's lives. They form a strong foundation for early learning.
 
  • Jumping Beans provides a weekly or bi-weekly opportunity for your pre-schooler to explore their physical potential in a safe, positive and stimulating all-weather environment.
 
  • Learning a new skill involves patience, repetition and commitment. Just as an increasing number of adults realize the benefits of regular exercise and join adult gyms, so increasing number of parents are giving this opportunity to their children by joining Jumping Beans for their pre-school years.

Children learn more in their first five years than they will for the rest of their lives. We welcome you and your child to become a member of our Jumping Beans family from 6 weeks to 6 years!

For more information about us visit www.jumpingbeans.co.nz or email sophie@jumpingbeans.net.
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