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The GymbaROO program is designed to guide and educate parents in providing their children with sensory stimulation and motor development activities within a fun and supportive environment.

At Box Hill North GymbaROO, parents learn how to involve their babies and infants in activities that will provide them with a solid foundation in development and learning. These are everyday activities that have been lost in our busy schedules... activities that you can take home with you and intergrate back into your daily experience with your little one.

GymbaROO offers a structured, strategic ‘Parent Education Program’, supporting your ‘whole new life’ when baby arrives.

The activities at GymbaROO are not designed to speed up development, but to ensure that each baby/child gains full benefit from each developmental stage.

For the human cortical brain to read, understand the spoken languange, follow and sequence information, walk, run, talk, write and spell, we are dependent on a good foundation at the brain stem level.


Toddler Kindy GymbaROO’s adventures with development and learning began over 30 years ago when Margaret Sassè co founded ANSUA, (A New Start For the Under Achiever) in Melbourne.

The work of ANSUA focused on helping children who were struggling with learning at school.

Ten years into working as the Director of ANSUA, Margaret Sassè had insights that the problems these children were facing could be picked up and corrected in the early years. Margaret had the foresight to realise that if her program could help under-achievers, it could also bring great benefit and solid foundations to every child.

Margaret was the pioneer implementer of the natural development process, whereby natural brain development could be directly related to naturally repeating physiological activity. She identified that children who missed out stages that occurred in the 0-5 year age timeframe, or had minimal time in those stages, and who later had reading and learning difficulties could be recovered by repeating the missed stages. Such was her success with children with reading and learning difficulties from primary to secondary school ages that she helped others to emulate her methodologies, and then decided that rather than continuing to address the symptoms she should address the core issues. The core issue being that modern life means many parents are not aware of the natural developmental stages their babies from birth to five years old need to pass through to maximize their learning potential. Thus GymbaROO was born; the main objective of which is parent education, the secondary objective of which is to provide a highly specific physiologically stimulating environment to aid children's physiological development, and the third objective was for it to be an enjoyable experience for the parents and the children.

GymbaROO receives international recognition by a world authority Professor Frances Glascoe who has also come on board as a GymbaROO Patron. GymbaROO continues to gather acceptance as more centres open both locally and internationally as it begins 2016, its 34th year, and Margaret’s daughter Dr Jane Williams continues to increase her profile and prominence in GymbaROO’s area of expertise excellence.

GymbaROO is constantly broadening its research base and tweaking the program to remain at the forefront of the health and education system.


Dr Jane Williams, Director, Research and Professional Development GymbaROO, continues in Margaret's footsteps. Take a look at The Genius of Natural Childhood – Secrets of Thriving Children by Sally Goddard Blythe MSc. International Director of The Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology in Chester.

In her book "Sally Goddard Blythe draws on neuroscience to unpack the wisdom inherent in lullabies, nursery, rhymes and fairy stories. She explains why movement experience in the early years is essential for healthy child development and why music helps to develop and enhance language. Dr Jane Williams, Director of Toddler Kindy GymbaROO in Australia provides a starter pack of games and activities which parents can do with their children. The final chapter provides a series of check lists of signs to look out for in children who may need additional help in getting ”ready” for school.

According to statistics from the USA: 30% of children will enter kindergarten developmentally delayed; 30% of children are obese; 20% of children require special education assistance; infants watch 2.5 hours per day of TV and toddlers watch 4.5 hours per day TV; Elementary children use 8 hours per day of combined technologies and in the UK 40% of parents admit they have never read to their child." Reference, www.sallygoddardblythe.co.uk

Come along to GymbaROO to ensure your child has the best chance to reach their very best potential.


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