Term 3 dates: Tuesday 13 July – Saturday 18 September 2021
HOLIDAY PROGRAM – September/October 2021
Monday 20 September – Thursday 23 September 2021 and
Monday 27 September – Friday 1 October 2021
Term 4 dates: Tuesday 5 October – Saturday 18 December 2021
WHO CAN JOIN OUR CLASSES?
Our classes are open to anyone and everyone with the spirit of adventure and a ‘can do’ attitude. The classes are designed for children 2 years of age in our Playful Tots classes, children in their late teens in our Sport Specific classes and right up to old timers (like me) in our Adult classes. We cater to everyone just starting out in the “art of movement” right through to an advanced level.
IS IT SAFE TO COME TO KIDS IN MOTION?
Your safety and health is our number one priority at Kids in Motion. We have installed touchless hand sanitiser units at the entrance and throughout the studio. We will encourage all our visitors to wash their hands during their visit to our studio. We will also be sanitising our equipment regularly during classes to minimise the risk to the children. We will practice social distancing within our gym and monitor the kids to ensure these distance protocols are being met at all times. We will also educate the kids about hygiene and personal safety. To protect family members, our common areas and high-touch areas will be sanitised regularly throughout the day.
WHAT DO THE KIDS DO?
They will be welcomed into a safe and nurturing environment where they will be encouraged to … jump, roll, climb, throw, catch, learn, twist, squat, swing, run, land, fall and get back up again bounce, fly, flip, encourage, problem solve and think and generally … have a whole lotta FUN.
We will be teaching your child how to step out of their comfort zone and break their own limitations.
WHAT DO THE ADULTS DO IN A CLASS?
The adults do everything the kids do and more, obviously taking into account their fitness levels and past injuries. The adults will play on the tramps, climb the walls, swing on ropes, play tramp basketball, perform traditional gym exercises you come to expect in a cross fit gym and other fitness challenges using a range of unique equipment. If you have ever dreamed of joining the circus, having the strength of a gymnast or re-claiming your childhood … this is for you! Lots of fun and loads of fitness, strength training and cardio work!!
HOW DO I ENROL?
All our classes can be booked online and paid by credit card via our secure gateway. If you have missed our enrolment period prior to term classes commencing, please call as we may still have some availability – yes you can commence classes once term has started. Please contact us via email [email protected] to discuss availability for your child.
HOW WILL PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO FOOTAGE OF MY CHILD’S CLASS BE USED?
We often film our classes and use these videos for in house trainer development. This is an important part of meeting our core value of EXCELLENCE. We also use photographs for use on our website, in marketing material and on social media. If you do not wish to have your child filmed or photographed, please email us at [email protected] to let us know.
WHERE ARE CLASSES HELD and WHAT DAYS ARE YOU OPEN?
Most of our classes are held at our main studio in Port Melbourne.
|Address:||KIDS IN MOTION
11-15 Rocklea Drive
Port Melbourne, 3207 Victoria
|Phone number:||03 9681 9407|
|Open:||Tuesday to Saturday- Scheduled Classes|
Our studio can be accessed by the Route 606 bus that runs between Elsternwick Station and Fishermans Bend. There is a bus stop on Salmon Street, very close to the intersection of Rocklea Drive, before the bridge. We recommend the Moovit website to plan your trip.
Car parking is available in Rocklea Drive and at the end of the lot. Our spaces are well signed and there is plenty of street parking without time limits. Please note, during business hours, there are no car parks directly out the front of the building. These belong to our neighbouring businesses and we would appreciate and respect you not parking in their signed spots. Thank you.
CAN MY CHILD DO A TRIAL CLASS?
Yes of course. We would love the opportunity to introduce your child to our wonderful space and programs. As long as we can fit them into a class at a convenient time, they are more than welcome to try it out in our All Round Development Program. Contact reception to find out about trial class availability. Please note we only book 6 children into a class – our classes are kept small and intimate so that your kids get the most out of their training and development at Kids in Motion.
IS IT GYMNASTICS?
NO! We are something entirely new. In fact, we are not in any way associated with or affiliated to, the gymnastics model or industry. Therefore we are not beholden to the out of date, governing body in what we teach or the equipment we use. We have far greater flexibility to keep with the times and be innovative and creative in our program and structure. We are not gymnastics … we are a unique movement program for the next generation.
CAN I STAY AND WATCH MY CHILD’S CLASS?
Yes. It’s always nice to see parents admiring their child’s accomplishments from the comfort of our parents lounge. This gives our parents a birds-eye view of their child’s class. Alternatively, settle back into the couches, make a cup of tea and read the papers. And if you need to drop and run, that’s OK too.
WHAT DO WE NEED TO BRING TO CLASS?
The first thing to pack is the kids themselves, don’t forget them … the next is a space helmet, golf gloves, cowboy boots and a water bottle. If that’s too hard … just come in some comfortable stretchy clothes (singlet, shorts, trackies, leggings, socks). Please always have your child’s hair tied back and remove all jewellery and watches. AND of course their Kids in Motion T-shirt (uniform) too!
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR PROGRAM AND OTHER PROGRAMS?
This is one of the few programs in the world that it is ahead of the curve in multiple ways.
The ‘old way’ was to stick with traditional sports and pick one from an early age, but this leads to burn out mentally and repetitive strain injuries on joints that forces most kids to retire from the sport right at the time they should be on their growth trajectory.
Instead we offer a broad base, multiple sports, we re-invent games, have creative challenges, a diverse range of equipment and continually expose you to new and confronting challenges that fire multiple neural pathways in the brain and let you become familiar with the unfamiliar. Like any great pyramid, the broader the base the higher you child can climb.
The broader your base before take off and the more diverse your exposure has the positive results of achieving the following:
- develops a mind set to be prepared for the unexpected and gives you confidence to try new sports
- it reduces repetitive strain injuries in young joints for continually repetition of the same movement patterns and
- it develops muscles, big, small obscure and stabIliser so that your body is equipment for the new challenge and
- your expose your brain to new neural pathways each week and help grow the brain.
The other key difference is the age and experience of our coaches, which allows us to mentor our students and not just give them confidence … but teach them how to earn it.
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
Every age group from 2-14 years of age has a series of skills and challenges assigned to it, that the children try to complete. These have been worked out based on my 35 years of teaching and cleverly woven together to link from level to level. These challenges fall under foundational categories like: strength in relation to body weight, balance, landings, rotational awareness, brain gym and crossing the center line, ball skills to name a few.
The gym is then broken into 8 sections (trampolines, rockwall, rings, ball room, upstairs, fast track and ropes) and every child will rotate clockwise around the gym through 3 stations every week, rotating every 18 minutes. What this means is that they will be in each station for only 18 minutes every fortnight. Imagine trying to learn basketball and only doing it 7 mins a week. It becomes quite hard to master complex skills.
Therefore our primary focus is not on skill development … it is on exposing children to new challenges each week.
Greater exposure to new and different challenges builds greater confidence and self belief in a child and this has far more wide ranging positive effects than skill development. The effects can be seen in all parts of a child’s life, not just in sport, but academically and socially as well. It is this confidence that builds a momentum of its own and has a big effect on a child’s life.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN’T MAKE CLASS?
If you know you are going to be away or you wake up with a sick child the system allows you to go online and make yourself absent from the class. The system will then give you a credit to use as a make-up. The power is back in your hands to find a time that suits.
You have 2 make-ups per term and the make-ups must be used within the term. Make-ups do not rollover to the following term.
CAN I COME CASUALLY?
You can for sure … it works well if you are looking to do a one-off … or you have a friend in town from interstate or overseas.
But if you want to come for the term and come casually then you will need to call each week to see if there is still a spot available. Please note the system does not stop someone booking in for the term and taking your spot. We do not advise trying to secure a term spot casually.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MY CHILD GOES UP IN AGE?
Generally nothing. The reason being is that we spend a lot of time initially grouping kids together who are within 6 months of each other, and getting the mix of kids right. Therefore, if your child is the first to go up in age from say 4 yrs of age to 5yrs (effectively moving from Sky Walkers to Swinging Monkeys) and it is now time to re-book … do you book them now into a Swinging Monkeys class? Generally NO. If they love the group and the coach, the others kids will turn 5 in the following term and then we just change the name of the class to a Swinging Monkeys. That way you get to keep the coach, with the same friends and the same day and time and don’t need to look for a new class. Easy!
DO I NEED TO WAIT TO THE START OF THE NEXT TERM TO ENROL?
NO … you can join us now!
If the term has started and you would like to start you can start at any point in the term and you will only need to pay pro rata for the weeks remaining in the current term.
HOW DO WE PAY?
Just like swim classes, you pay upfront before the term commences to secure a spot for the term. That then allows us to secure a coach and cap the class at a maximum of 6 children per class (for 90% of classes).
Please note that under our terms and conditions if you have not paid before the start of term you forfeit your position.
WHAT AGE DO THEY START ON THE ROCK WALL?
We have 2 rock walls … a little one designed for the 2 and 3 year olds (although there are some great challenges you can do on that wall for teens and adults). And the big wall, which is designed for children aged 4 and up.
In fact, it is not until they are in the Swinging Monkeys (age 5 and 6) that we require them (within the program) to climb the big wall. We may get them on the wall sooner just to whet their appetite but I discourage coaches doing it frequently for the 3 and 4 year olds (Star Jumpers and Sky Walkers) because it is not an effective use of time in order to gain upper body strength … there are far better ways to do this within the gym … and maximizing their time and your value is a key priority of ours.
CAN ADULTS DO IT?
Hell Yes! They sure can … and we love to see them in the gym. The big plus you get from it is:
1: You begin to appreciate how hard your child is working and the challenges they face;
2: You find a new sense of freedom and fun in the way you can move.
It looks daunting and all adults feel the same before they start … but take the step over the threshold … come join us … it’s the only way to grow.
WE HAVE A CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS – HOW DOES THIS WORK?
One of the big advantages of not being beholden to the gymnastics program and curriculum is that we can tailor it to individual needs. We advise you to email us ([email protected]) and give us as much history as you can. If you have any OT reports send those through as well. Then we can devise a plan.
We recommend beginning with a private class and doing it at a time when the gym is quiet. That way we have far greater chance of having a successful and positive session without working with factors such as excess noise in the gym or excess distractions (other people in the gym). The only factor we are then evaluating is the plan, the application of the plan and the coach. Once we get these factors right we start to introduce the other elements. Private lessons for special needs kids will consist of 45 minutes of activities followed by 10 minutes of debrief and note taking. Give us a call … we’d love to chat to you.
CAN I CLAIM MY FEES VIA THE NDIS?
Kids in Motion is not a registered provider for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) but we have many children who claim classes with us against their plan. Please contact Jackie ([email protected]) to get an invoice/receipt prepared that is suitable for claiming.
DO YOU HAVE SHOWER FACILITIES?
Yes we do. You can come work your butt off and be fresh for work.