Gym Nippers - Preschool Gymnastics and Trampolining
Preschool Gymnastics and Trampolining teach balance, jumping, co-ordination and motor skills using large, small and hand apparatus as well as introducing children to different social, creative and educational elements. Our qualified coaches use play, song, dance and movement in the sessions and this playful environment is a great way for children to have lots of fun and lay valuable foundations for a healthy, active lifestyle. Progress within these classes will be monitored against the Edinburgh Leisure class competencies and you can keep a track by signing up to our home portal.
Annual Festive Gymnastics Display Tickets 2023 are SOLD OUT!
Book your tickets today for our Annual Festive Gymnastics Display!
The Gymnastics Display has always been a fantastically popular event with large audiences enjoying gymnasts teams and individuals performing routines throughout the day. It is an amazing spectacle and gives some of the Edinburgh Leisure gymnasts and visitors the opportunity to showcase their achievements.
Tickets are now sold out but click below to see details of the event including the running order.
Baby Nippers (Walking - 18 months)
This 30-minute Adult and Child Gymnastics class is suitable for children who are confidently Walking - 18 months. In our safe environment, it encourages the development of your toddler’s fundamental gross motor skills such as balance, rolling, sitting, crawling and walking using a variety of music, songs and rhyme as well as sensory toys, soft play equipment and gymnastics apparatus. It helps develop inquisitiveness through creative play and stimulates their senses and body awareness. These classes are also perfect for socialising with other babies and adults in a friendly and inclusive environment.
Gym Nippers (18 months - 3 years)
This 45-minute Adult and Child Gymnastics class is suitable for preschool children 18 months - 3 years. Throughout class an Adult stays with the child to encourage and assist with the activities and join in all the FUN!
Gym Nippers (3 - 5 years)
This 45-minute independent Gymnastics class is suitable for preschool children 3 - 5 years. Using large and small apparatus this preschool class teaches gymnastics skills, balances, rolls, jumps, swings and introduces vaulting and floor work.
Gym Nippers (18 months - 5 years)
This 45-minute class is a combination of our Gym Nippers age groups and ideal where you have 2 preschoolers of different ages (one over and one under 3).
Jump Nippers (3 - 5 years)
This 45-minute independent class is suitable for preschool children 3 - 5 years. Using the full-size trampoline is the perfect way to coach basic trampoline and rebound skills. Our qualified coaches use play, song, dance and movement in the sessions to encourage further social, emotional and language development. This is a great way for children to have lots of fun and lay valuable foundations for a healthy, active lifestyle.
Gym and Jump Nippers (18 months - 3 years)
This 45-minute Adult and Child Gymnastics and Trampolining class is suitable for preschool children 18 months - 3 years. Using large and small apparatus - including a full-size trampoline - this gymnastics class teaches gymnastics and trampoline skills, balances, rolls, jumps, swings and introduces vaulting and floor work. Throughout class an Adult stays with the child to encourage and assist the child with the activities and join in all the FUN!
Gym and Jump Nippers (3 - 5 years)
This 45-minute independent Gymnastics and Trampolining class is suitable for preschool children 3 - 5 years. Using large and small apparatus - including a full-size trampoline - this gymnastics class teaches gymnastics and trampoline skills, balances, rolls, jumps, swings and introduces vaulting and floor work.
Rising Stars (Invitation only)
This 45- minute, invite-only, independent Gymnastics class is suitable for preschool children 4 - 5 years and is set up to provide participants who have shown natural talent within Gym Nippers the opportunity to develop their skills at a pace in line with their ability. It will give the participants more opportunity and focussed time to learn skills of a higher level and build on their strength and flexibility.
Participants are asked whenever possible to arrive ready for their activity as some venues have very limited changing space. Children should wear appropriate stretchy and comfortable clothing that they can move around and be active in, for example T-shirt and shorts, tracksuit bottoms or leggings or a gymnastics leotard (dresses or skirts are not suitable). For reasons of safety at all ages, longer hair should be tied back off the face and jewellery must be removed or taped over for duration of the class. Participants should bring a water bottle with them. They will take part in the gymnastics lessons in bare feet.
Can I be involved in my Childs learning?
Parents of children in our Baby Nippers and Gym Nippers classes (up to the age of 3) are an important part of the class where both the children and adults have great fun learning and socialising together. Adults are encouraged to really get involved as the more they do then the more the child will take part. Adults are also advised to wear comfortable clothing.
3 - 5 yrs Gym Nippers, Gym and Jump or Jump Nippers classes -
Parents/carers of these independent preschoolers must remain in the venue
throughout the class and may be called upon during the session if needed.
Throughout the year every participant is regularly assessed against the expected skills level for their class. The skills and their progress can be viewed by you at any time through our Coaching Portal.
We do not have spectating areas in our gymnastics halls and all parents/guardians are required to leave the area except during Adult and Child classes.
Yes, they can. For participants in our adult & child gymnastics we strongly recommend a ratio of 1 adult per child if at all possible as the adult is required to physically support the child through some skills, under instruction from the coach. We recognise though that there are circumstances when 1 adult to 2 children is necessary, for example, if there are twins, siblings of close age, a childminder with 2 charges or a grandparent with 2 grandchildren/cousins. As we like to assist customers to attend whenever possible, we would ask them to book in and to speak to the Gymnastics Co-Ordinator (or Coach) to make us aware when they first attend class. The coaches will try to help whenever they can however overall class management and supervision is their priority. Close supervision of both children by their adult is essential at all times and we reserve the right to discuss this with the adult again if we feel it is not working for some reason.