All posts by Dr Jane Williams

Important reasons not to ‘walk’ your baby by holding their hands. GymbaROO BabyROO

Important reasons not to walk your baby by holding their hands

Reasons why not to ‘help’ your child to walk by holding their hands or ‘finger-walking’. The skill of learning to balance upright and to take tentative first steps without your help are actually essential to your baby developing core strength, muscular control, visual-spatial orientation, timing and judging distances, coordination and postural development. Read more...
Why GymbaROO BabyROO kids excel academically

Why GymbaROO kids excel academically

GymbaROO children have skills that are a very welcome addition to classrooms around the country. Teachers tell us that not only are the children physically fit, socially adept and emotionally mature, they are ready to learn, and do so with ease and confidence. Many teachers have reported that GymbaROO children “stand out in the classroom.” What is it we do at GymbaROO that prepares children for learning and academic success? Read more...
Setting up your nursery so it’s best for baby development GymbaROO BabyROO

Setting up your nursery so it’s best for baby development

At GymbaROO we place a great deal of importance on the developmental benefits of nursery equipment. Not all nursery furniture or ‘nursery items’ are equal when it comes to developmental considerations. Sifting through the marketing spiels and drilling down to ‘what’s developmentally best for my baby’ can be hard work. The following information will make that task easier. Read more...
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Is my child’s brain the same age as he is? Neurological age versus Chronological age

During my travels I meet many parents of young children and I am often asked the question: “At what age should my child start school?” To answer this question it’s important to understand the difference between chronological age and neurological age. While a child may be at the recommended chronological ‘age’ to start school, their ability to function well in the classroom is reliant on their neurological ‘stage’ of development. Dr Jane Williams writes for GymbaROO BabyROO Read more...
A happy baby crawling on the Gymbaroo equipment and developing strength at Gymbaroo Babyroo

GymbaROO and KindyROO: Who, what, why, when, where and how

All about GymbaROO, what it is, how it works and why it's Australia's most popular and successful parent/child education program for children from birth to 5 years. Note: GymbaROO is known as KindyROO in southeast Queensland and internationally. Our program for babies from birth to twelve months is known as BabyROO and our free online 12 part series for parents and babies (birth – crawling) is called the Active Babies Smart Kids: BabyROO series. Read more...
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Bare feet for babies and children – Improves memory!

Those who come along to BabyROO, GymbaROO and KindyROO know how insistent we are at having babies and children remove their socks and shoes for playing and climbing. Bare feet not only stimulate healthy development of the muscles and tendons in the feet and legs, but also provide us with important balance and navigation skills and, as new research tells us, improved memory. Read more...