This is the text of the email that has been sent out to anyone who expressed an interest in Summer Term 2021 preschool Classes at the gym.
You are receiving this email because you previously signed up for information regarding our ‘parent and child’ preschool gymnastics sessions at Meridian in Yaxley.
We are delighted to say that preschool classes will return to Meridian with the opening up of gymnastics facilities in line with the government Covid-19 roadmap. At this time we anticipate a return from week commencing 19th April to week ending 16th July with a break for Half Term 31st May to 4th June.
Our preschool classes are a 45 minute guided session with parental involvement – the gymnasts do a floor warm up and circuit, a track and vault circuit and beam and/or bars. Over the course of the term our 3/4 year old gymnasts work towards the British Gymnastics Preschool Proficiency badges (A for Active, B for Balance, C for Co-ordination) which is awarded at an additional cost of £5 at the end of the term. Our 1/2 year old gymnasts work to the same syllabus and we award them an in-house certificate at the end of term so that they can complete the badge in their final year before school and a move up to evening gymnastics.
There must always be an adult parent/carer attending the session and able to join in with the child; babies are able to sit at the side but as coaches cannot touch or support gymnasts at this time due to Covid-19 it is vitally important a carer is able to assist the gymnast. We’ve found these parent involvement sessions are hugely beneficial anyway and build great relationships not only between children and parents but also between the gym and you, the future parents of gymnasts we hope to know for many years.
Gymnasts in our preschool programme will always go to the top of our waiting list when it is time to move up to after school classes and it is a wonderful foundation for those sessions.
Preschool in the Covid-19 era
For the foreseeable future classes will still be limited to 12 parents (with 1 or 2 paying children) to allow for Social Distancing and staffed to allow for additional cleaning. Babies in carseats can sit at the side. Adults wear masks during a socially distanced warm up on our floor area but then can remove these (under current guidelines) for the full session which has even more space around each person. Unless it is cold and wet, we will make the gym very airy by opening our large roll up front door for ventilation.
We will ask you to protect us by not attending if you believe you are ill or may have been exposed to Covid-19.
Some of our lesson provision has had to change; this is because our staff provision has altered due to the changing circumstances we are all living with, not least trying to fit in a job between wildly varying school drop off and pick up times. We sincerely hope you’ll be able to find a class among the sessions below that fits with your week. We’ve tried our hardest to vary times to try and make sure that we cover the bases of nap times, lunch times, school drop offs etc so I do hope we have managed that!
Should a lockdown re-occur during this term period, you will be refunded the appropriate portion of your fees.
Booking and Tasters for Summer Term Classes
If you have not yet attended a Meridian Preschool class, please let us know which class you are interested in and you can attend the first session without payment in advance and then decide if you would like to join us.
Summer Term will befrom week commencing 19th April to week ending 16th July with a break for Half Term 31st May to 4th June. As there is an additional Bank Holiday for Monday sessions within that period, the final Monday sessions will run on Monday 19th July.
Because places are limited, please fill in a separate form below for each child you would like to attend and pick a first and second choice session. We will let you know asap what session we have allocated. You CAN attend with a 1 year old if you wish – we’ve had lots of success with walking, confident 1 year olds, but the sessions are best suited to 2+. No age ranges are set in stone, they are a guideline, so you can pick the best single session for siblings if you would like to.
This class is organised as follows:-
12 weekly sessions in the AutumnTerm
12 weekly sessions in the Spring Term
12 weekly sessions in the Summer Term.
Sessions are rebooked for the following term on a first come, first served basis. The sessions are £80 per term with the option to pay in 3 monthly installments (£28.67 to cover additional card fees).
Please let me know which class you would like to attend and we will add you to the class and send out details the week before – this applies whether you are a new or returning member. You will NOT BE CHARGED until the first week of term and then only if things are looking like we can confidently expect to run a terms worth of sessions. There is the option to pay in 3 monthly increments for preschool and I strongly recommend you do this so that should another lockdown occur, we can stop payments for later months in the term.
***We will send out repeats of this email for the next 3 weeks to anyone who has not filled in the form or indictated to us that they wish to be removed from the mailing list(you can also do this via the google form). After this, we will remove anyone from our database who has not joined the club.***