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Play & Learn classes in Gymboree

Postby eldadas » Wed, 24 Mar 2010 9:13 am

Hi all,

Our experience with the gymboree in tanglin mall after registering to 12 classes of play and learn for our 20 month old boy and then noticing that the classes are always the same.

I was wondering if anyone else had this experience and if they allowed them to transfer to another class?

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Rachel

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Postby movingtospore » Wed, 24 Mar 2010 1:28 pm

I actually didn't like their programs very much. Too much structure, and too much sitting for toddler, IMHO anyways! We dropped out halfway through as I found most of what they were doing to be inappropriate for the age group. I'm not sure how well qualified their instructors are for what should be a learn through play environment.

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Postby hbw65 » Wed, 24 Mar 2010 4:03 pm

absolutely! not only are theclasses repetitive, but the teachers are so hard to understand that I think I they are modeling the wrong English for my son so I pulled him out after 2 terms. I think it's good for the 12 months - 18 months and that's about it. We now go to Little Gym which is more challenging for my 2 year old and the teachers are fantastic!

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Postby eldadas » Thu, 25 Mar 2010 10:02 am

Good to know we weren't the only ones.

The problem is that they don't give money refund and also don't allow to change classes even though the other classes are cheaper. Go figure...

We are going to try out littleGym the next time.

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Postby cbavasi » Thu, 25 Mar 2010 9:07 pm

If you are really disappointed write a letter to the woman who owns the franchise here in Singapore (she is part of Harry's - you can Google the info). I had a terrible experience with Gymboree here in Singapore 3 years ago (after using centers all over the world) and could not believe how the staff dealt with it. I wrote a letter to the owner and heard back within a couple of days and the matters were addressed quite proficiently. That being said, I didn't want to go back - left such a bad taste.

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Postby movingtospore » Tue, 30 Mar 2010 9:24 pm

Glad I'm not the only one who thought they were bad. I was surprised - I guess as it is an american franchise (I think) I had expected a completely different style and qualified staff. I walked away thinking that they really, really, didn't have a clue how to deal with young children. They've started a preschool type program at Tanglin - wouldn't send my child there in a million years.

Maybe we should send a letter to the corporate office in the US re how the franchise is run here. Gives Gymboree a bad name!

Sky Gym up at turf city was pretty good for a tumbling class for toddlers and caregivers. And a bit cheaper than other places I looked into.

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Postby irreplaceable » Wed, 07 Apr 2010 4:06 pm

that's strange... my boy seems to like Gymboree very much. The centre is very clean. I was recommended when I first came to Singapore last year. I tried a number of places before settling down at Gymboree.

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Postby irreplaceable » Wed, 07 Apr 2010 4:16 pm

any recommendation for a good preschool in Singapore? I am still new here looking for help? I heard about Julia Gabriel, is it good and anyone knows the fees?

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Postby hbw65 » Wed, 07 Apr 2010 4:51 pm

it depends on what classes you do at JG as some are once a week, twice and three times. For older children, there's nursery as well that meets every day. My 2 year old son does the mandarin playclub twice a week for a total of 4 hours. It's around $950 SGD/term (10 weeks). This is his 3rd term and we love his mandarin teacher, but I am not sure about the English teachers...I've done make-up classes in their bilingual class that meets only on Mondays in both the Forum and Evans Road and I must say, I am NOT impressed at all with how it's run.

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Postby mr hutchkinson » Wed, 07 Apr 2010 8:44 pm

I had a great experience with Gymboree! the staff are very accomodating and well trained.my son had a great time.In fact im getting ready to take my younger one along as well.My elder one is moving up soon and Im so happy with his progress. :) Good job you guys!!!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 08 Apr 2010 12:00 am

mr hutchkinson wrote:I had a great experience with Gymboree! the staff are very accomodating and well trained.my son had a great time.In fact im getting ready to take my younger one along as well.My elder one is moving up soon and Im so happy with his progress. :) Good job you guys!!!


I reckon you are either an employee or a shill. :-|

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Postby mr hutchkinson » Fri, 09 Apr 2010 8:46 am

[quote="sundaymorningstaple"][quote="mr hutchkinson"]I had a great experience with Gymboree! the staff are very accomodating and well trained.my son had a great time.In fact im getting ready to take my younger one along as well.My elder one is moving up soon and Im so happy with his progress. :) Good job you guys!!![/quote]

I reckon you are either an employee or a shill. :-|[/quote]


im sorry but im not. :)

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Julia gabriel classes

Postby pm1901 » Mon, 26 Apr 2010 9:57 am

Any suggestions on Julia Gabriels. I was considering that for my 11 mth old bb.

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Postby hbw65 » Mon, 26 Apr 2010 12:45 pm

My son has been at JG (mandarin program) since 20 months at the Forum location and has loved it! He is now 28 months.

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Postby pm1901 » Mon, 26 Apr 2010 12:59 pm

hbw65 wrote:My son has been at JG (mandarin program) since 20 months at the Forum location and has loved it! He is now 28 months.


Did he attend the play nest??


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