Gym Nippers

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. 

We are delighted to be running our classes again. The benefits of being physically active are more important than ever and we remain committed to helping Edinburgh keep active and well - always.

It is very important that you read our safety guidelines below before attending any class. These include where to drop off and pick up children at each of our venues and much more essential information to help everyone have an enjoyable and safe Edinburgh Leisure experience.


IMPORTANT - for Gym Nippers
One adult per child in classdue to current restrictions all preschool children must be accompanied by an adult who can physically support them in the class, with instruction from the coach. The current guidance does not allow any coach (whatever their age) to carry out hands on coaching with any child (whatever their age). Preschool classes are therefore strongly recommended to have a ratio of one adult per child to ensure that the child can safely participate in the class and to enable them to take part in all the activities. In certain circumstances, this can increase to a maximum of one adult to two children however this has to be agreed in advance with our gymnastics coordinator or venue management. All children and adults in the area must maintain physical distancing from all other adults (including coaches) during the class in line with Scottish Government regulations. As ever, we are subject to Scottish Government and National Governing Body guidance and this may change 

No accompanying siblings: We’re sorry but governing body guidelines mean we can only let one adult per participant (with no accompanying siblings) into the Gymnastics area. We know this may be difficult but there are strict restrictions around the number of people we can have in our areas at one time – and these guidelines currently count all ages in this calculation, including babies.

How to book a class

See our class timetable, space availability and request to book a class. Click below to find out how.


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 Please read 'Important Information' above particularly regarding accompanying adults/siblings in Gym Nippers classes. 

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!

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.

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).  The children who are 3 and over will follow the same structure as our 3 – 5 years classes while the younger children (18 months – 3 years) need to be accompanied by an adult and supervised around the equipment. 

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.

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! 

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.


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.

Specifically designed for 3 – 5 year olds, this class will focus on jumping techniques which promote self-confidence and social skills while having fun. Coaches will deliver the class using  the trampoline and dive board in the dry land diving area . Children will learn how to land, shape and twist and will be a great starting point for progression to trampolining, gymnastics or diving classes from P1. We ask that a parent please be willing, if necessary, to assist their child.



On our class timetable you can check spaces, request to book a space, here's how:

  1. Check where and when your class will be on when we reopen and whether it has spaces using the 'Class timetable and availability' button below. 

  2. If there are spaces, you can complete a 'Booking Request Form'. Your space is not guaranteed at his stage. We will check and get back to you to confirm we have held a space and what the next steps are.  Your space is guaranteed once we have your Direct Debit instruction and we have emailed confirmation to you. Normally we collect Direct Debits on or around the 1st of each month. The monthly amount is calculated and collected over 12 months.



Are there any opportunities for competition?

Current guidelines do not allow for competition. Usually, every year we run an annual gymnastics display, and an annual gymnastics competition, plus in-house gymnastics competitions at every venue for every child. Throughout the year every child is assessed against specific skills to enable them to progress to the next level.

What clothing is needed?

Children should wear appropriate comfortable clothing that they can move around and be active in, for example T-shirts and shorts or leggings (note dresses or skirts are not ideal). Please tie long hair back and remove any jewellery, and children should take a water bottle into their class with them. They will take part in the gymnastics lessons in bare feet.

Can I be involved in my child's learning?

For Gym Nippers, due to current restrictions all preschool children must be accompanied by an adult who can physically support them in the class, with instruction from the coach. The current guidance does not allow any coach (whatever their age) to carry out hands on coaching with any child (whatever their age). Preschool classes are therefore strongly recommended to have a ratio of one adult per child to ensure that the child can safely participate in the class and to enable them to take part in all the activities. In certain circumstances, this can increase to a maximum of one adult to two children however this has to be agreed in advance with our gymnastics coordinator or venue management. All children and adults in the area must maintain physical distancing from all other adults (including coaches) during the class in line with Scottish Government regulations. As ever, we are subject to Scottish Government and National Governing Body guidance and this may change   

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