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Dr Tessa Grigg, (PhD, Dip Tchng)
Tessa is the Research and Education Manager at Toddler Kindy GymbaROO and KindyROO, a part-time lecturer at the University of Canterbury, NZ, a teacher and producer of children’s music.

Dr Jane Williams, (PhD, RNPaeds)
Jane is a Director at Toddler Kindy GymbaROO & KindyROO, and Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Discipline of Nursing, Nutrition and Midwifery, James Cook University. Find more articles written by Dr Jane at



Primitive Reflexes – Why parents need to know about them.

Dr Jane Williams, Dr Tessa Grigg and Bindy Cummings   Primitive reflexes are on our minds as Dr Jane and Dr Tessa attend a conference in London with a focus on ‘Movement and Cognition’. The conference participants understand that if… Continue Reading >

Helping children learn: What is the right speed of activities?

You may have noticed that children like to take their time – something small holds their attention for ages, especially when the adults are in a hurry!! However we can manage this better when we understand the process behind their… Continue Reading >

GymbaROO-KindyROO Nurtures Brains – Parents in Partnership

Dr Tessa Grigg (PhD)   Parents do the very best they can with the information and resources that they have to raise healthy happy children. With increased education and information there is a higher chance that the outcomes can be… Continue Reading >

Creativity and its relationship to Covid-19

For an experienced cook, the task of making a meal based on the ingredients available in the fridge, cupboard or garden is simple. Assess what you have, and then with some curiosity, creativity and imagination combine what you have into… Continue Reading >

Motor planning – What is it and how does it develop?

Dr Tessa Grigg and Dr Jane Williams Every day we plan many actions, from brushing our teeth to playing a game of tennis or football. We take it all for granted and do not give the motor planning involved in… Continue Reading >

Physical health, vision and screen time: not such great playmates!

Dr Jane Williams and Dr Tessa Grigg The research on the development of your child’s vision and the regular use of small screens and mobile devices is now very clear… Professor Molina, an Optometrist who lectures in Clinical Optometry,(Molina, 2018)… Continue Reading >

What is the value in Sensory Motor programmes?

Written by Dr Tessa Grigg   In our world of ‘time poor’ parents and there being so many demands on the time we have available, how can parents make decisions about the best way to use this precious commodity? In… Continue Reading >

Getting ready for school

Dr Jane Williams and Dr Tessa Grigg   The readiness of any child for pre-school and school must be considered on an individual basis. The most important aspect to consider is to think about how your child is developing, more… Continue Reading >

Making the Most of the Holiday Season

Dr Jane Williams and Dr Tessa Grigg   ‘ ‘Tis the season to be jolly’, or so the carol goes, but for many parents the holidays present additional stress. This article looks at why it is important to engage your… Continue Reading >

Grandma goes to GymbaROO and does other cool things!

Not every family has the luxury of having grandparents in close proximity. But for those of you that do, and for those that are lucky enough to have connected with a non-related grandparent figure, this article is for you. What… Continue Reading >

Transforming Bodies and Minds – Your house as the playground

Dr Jane Williams and Dr Tessa Grigg In the past few years there have been lots of media articles warning us about the escalating numbers of children who are inactive, overweight and risk long-term health problems. Furthermore, children who are… Continue Reading >

Why Babies need to Rock and Roll

Many parents instinctively work out that they can settle their new baby though gentle movement. Yes, that is why you sway in the supermarket queue even when you don’t have the baby with you!! So why do babies like movement… Continue Reading >



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