The Bugs Group, proud to add DanceBugs to their creative child development classes

The Bugs Group is the UK’s leading provider of Children’s activities offering unique programmes for children as from the moment they can walk – 12 years. Our programmes have been tailor made to enhance a child’s learning experience by using the power of stories and imagination and by building key skills such as confidence and social interaction. The BugsGroup activities encourage children to enjoy sport from a young age.

At The Bugs Group our aim is to create and develop a wide range of high quality activities and sports that places the child’s overall wellbeing at the forefront of everything we do!

Our ethos is to help every child reach their true potential in a supportive and safe environment…whilst having fun!

But did you know….

DanceBugs has recently launched in Birmingham, and is taking Solihull by a storm! Offering fun and creative dance classes for children from 3-9 years in a variety of styles from ballet and freestyle to cheerleading and tap.

All classes encourage children to express themselves positively through music and movement and they grow in confidence as they learn dance in a fun and pressure free environment.

Currently DanceBugs classes are being held at: Solihull Sixth Form College Dance Studio, Widney Manor road, Solihull, B91 3WR.

Dates with classes available:

Dainty Dancers – Ballet for children 3-5 years at 10am-10:30am

Mini Movers – Freestyle for children 3-5 years at 10:30-11am

With more classes coming SOON!

If you would like to attend a free taster at a DanceBugs class in Solihull please contact Sam on 0121 777 7792 / sam@dancebugs.com

Big Welcome to Somer Lynn

YogaBugs are pleased to announce that we have a new Franchisee who has joined our team and will be stretching the imagination of children in her territory from January 2016!

Somer Lynn will be taking over the Ipswich and Colchester area by storm when she completes her training in January 2016.

Somer comes from a previous background in sales and just loves the YogaBugs ethos and cannot wait to contact schools in her area to spread the word of the fantastic child development programmes that YogaBugs have to offer.

When we asked Somer what interested her in becoming a YogaBugs franchise she said:

“Having worked in a corporate environment previously, i look forward to achieving success and after having a family i am particularly interested in helping others, this is why i feel that YogaBugs is the perfect opportunity to contribute positively to my community and family, while building a successful business in my area”.

To find out what our franchisees think about being a YogaBugs franchisee and what made them join please click here.

If you would like to find out more information about becoming a YogaBugs franchisee and to see if your area is available please contact Lisa Applebee-O’Connor on 0121 777 7792 /franchise@yogabugs.com

Meet our franchisees

YogaBugs is the largest children’s yoga inspired activity in the UK offering classes for children from walking age to seven years and beyond, with franchisees all across the UK stretching the imagination of thousands of children, our franchisees are the forefront of our business.

And we would like to introduce you to some of our YogaBugs Regional Managers and why they LOVE the YogaBugs ethos and why they chose to join our Team.

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Francesca Kleanthous- Kastelanides

YogaBugs SE & SW London – Wandsworth & Lambeth Regional Manager since 2009

“Growth is the key to this business. I love the Yoga and the uniqueness of YogaBugs means I really stand out from the competition of other more traditional children’s activities. I take this message and I share it with as many people as I can reach, and I understand the need to fully put into practise and use the support tools HQ provide me with. For me this is a full time business and one I take very seriously. We have an important message to deliver, but the beauty is the more children I inspire to be active the more I earn”.

 

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Karen Butcher

YogaBugs Derbyshire & Borders Regional Manager since 2011

“I began as a YogaBugs teacher. I loved it so much eventually I knew I had to make it my business. The unique approach, the story telling, the creative use of rhymes and music and of course the exciting adventures mean I am delivering a product be like no other. On top of that in helping on the YogaBugs mission to inspire children to be active every week, I am given great materials from HQ to support the parents outside of the classes. The earning are great and I love being in control of my own diary. Yes I work hard but I work hard for me and for the children I work with”.

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Simon Duong

YogaBugs North & West Central London Regional Manager since 2012

“This is a truly wonderful business with a powerful reason for doing it. Every child I reach through the classes that my business offers means we get one step closer to inspiring children every week. The product can at times almost sell itself and Head Office are continually developing new tools and spending money to help me get more customers. This was simply the best decision I ever made.”

 

To hear of more of our franchisees and what they think about being a YogaBugs franchisee and what made them join please click here.

If you would like to find out more information about becoming a YogaBugs franchisee and to see if your area is available please contact Lisa Applebee-O’Connor on 0121 777 7792 / franchise@yogabugs.com

Well done to YogaBugs Franchisee Karen Williams celebrating her 1st Year with YogaBugs!

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We would like to say a BIG congratulation to Karen Williams our YogaBugs Teesside Regional Manager, who is celebrating her first year With YogaBugs in style by securing 45 hours per week in schools and nurseries in the Teesside area for the new school term in September.

Since Karen joined YogaBugs in August 2014, she has been off to a flying start with so many Head Teachers and PE Co-Ordinators loving the YogaBugs’ ethos and recommending her to others in the area – she is proud to be stretching the imagination of so many children in schools and nurseries in her territory.

Please see below a fantastic testimonial from one of the schools Karen is currently working in….

“The days Karen comes in to work with our nursery children are always so exciting for us all – children and staff love her!  She has a really good manner with the children and always tries to link with our curriculum which has been lovely to see.  As this year is progressing we can see how well the children are responding to the exercises she does with them, now she can say the name of one of the familiar postures and the children respond by getting themselves into the correct position.  We are all big advocators of YogaBugs in Nursery and Karen is doing a marvellous job with the children”.

Kate JukesNursery Teacher at Green Lane Primary Academy, Acklam. 

When we caught up with Karen and asked her what made her choose YogaBugs this time last year this is what she said…

“Following eleven years as a primary school teacher and after having my two children, I began looking for a better work/life balance that would allow me to combine my love of working with children and my desire to run my own business. When I came across YogaBugs I knew it was the right thing for me! Children can be introduced to the benefits of yoga whilst most importantly using their imagination and having fun I love seeing the impact that YogaBugs can have on children who take part in our classes”.

Karen has truly taken her first year with YogaBugs by storm, and we cannot wait to see the growing impact that she will have on schools and nurseries in her area in the 2015/16 new school term!

Well Done Karen,

Keep up the great work!

If you would like to find out if your area is available and how to become a successful YogaBugs’ franchisee like Karen, Please contact Lisa Applebee-O’Connor on 0121 777 7792 / franchise@yogabugs.com.

YogaBugs has been delivering fun and educational programmes in schools for over ten years!

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Our most popular programmes is Impact and Change, which is a results driven child development programme that helps children develop both emotionally and physically through stories, yoga inspired moves, breathing and relaxation techniques.

With YogaBugs, children learn through play, they engage in the stories which increases their concentration and listening skills, which in turn helps improve behaviour.

YogaBugs is all inclusive and non competitive, meaning children of all abilities can participate and progress at their own pace. Children feel proud of what they can achieve, which helps them grow confidence!

YogaBugs can be run as a before or after school club or within PE curriculum time, If you would like to recommend that your school starts YogaBugs from September 2015, please click here and complete the form and we will get in touch with your school when the new term starts!

For more information on the classes or birthday parties that YogaBugs has to offer in your area and to attend a FREE taster session please click here

 

Franchising is a short cut to success with the bespoke training and support that YogaBugs offer!

The success of our mission is to inspire children to be physically and emotionally active every week, is totally dependent on the success of our franchisees. As such we pride ourselves on offering bespoke training and support to ensure your business grows and helps as many children as possible. Your YogaBugs training is all inclusive and we train your first 3 teachers for free as well!

Teacher Training

Your initial 2 day teacher training will bring out your creativity. YogaBugs is so much more than just a yoga session and in this 2 day course you and your teachers will be encouraged to use your imagination as your learn the YogaBugs ethos. Training covers both practical and theory. We shall be teaching ground breaking yoga techniques as well as health and safety and ways to manage your children. By the end of these 2 days you and your team will be ready to inspire your potential customers. The training is led by leading yoga instructors.

Business Training

This core 2 day course is the perfect way to get your business off to a flying start. Led by the Birmingham business man Mark Goode, CEO of The Bugs Group and General Manager, Lisa Applebee, you will be taken step by step through the YogaBugs business model, how to plan, how to deliver and how to make the most of the reward.

Supported by a world class team of marketing and business experts

You will be talked through sales materials, logistics and marketing strategies to ensure you know exactly how build your business from day one. You’ll leave the business training with a detailed action plan, and this will be your guide in the months and years ahead as a successful YogaBugs Franchise.

Bespoke Support

With a dedicated support team, we can help you will all aspects of the business, you name it, we’ve been there and done it. Any problem, no worries…we can help! Whether it is a technical issue, a business question or you just want a friend to support you after a challenging day we are there to support our franchises. We know that franchising is the shortcut to success. As such we have already done the hard work so you don’t have to. Insurance, booking systems, DBS checks, policies, artwork and suppliers. We already have it covered. All you have to do is follow your bespoke action plan and concentrate on growing your business.

We hope that you have found this information useful and it has excited and motivated you to take the next steps into investing into a YogaBugs franchise.

To see if your area is available and to speak to a member of team for more info, please call us on 0121 77 77792 / franchise@yogabugs.com www.yogafranchises.co.uk

The Bugs Group – Putting the FUN into children’s fitness and wellbeing

The Bugs Group is the UK’s leading provider of Children’s activities offering unique programmes for children as young as 3 – 11 years. Our programmes have been tailor made to enhance a child’s learning experience by using the power of stories and imagination and by building key skills such as confidence and social interaction. The BugsGroup activities encourage children to enjoy sport from a young age.

At The Bugs Group our aim is to create and develop a wide range of high quality activities and sports that places the child’s overall wellbeing at the forefront of everything we do!

Our ethos is to help each and every child reach their true potential in a supportive and safe environment.

Each of our Group companies have their own specific expertise and experience that have built successful and enjoyable programmes which are extremely fun as well as being highly educational. All of our programmes meet the criteria for Schools and Child care providers and with proven statistics that show how we develop children emotionally and physically, our programmes are in high demand across the UK.

Please see below some of the fantastic programmes that we offer as part of The Bugs Group.

With YogaBugs we have ensured that the core benefits of yoga are entwined with interactive stories that stretches imagination builds self-confidence and enhances self-esteem to support each child both physically and mentally. Each and every YogaBugs class is taught by experienced instructors who not only share our passion but also believe in the importance of encouraging children to lead a happy and healthy life.

 

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With FootieBugs we have underpinned the benefits from one of the world’s most popular sports to create a specific programme that incorporates balance, co-ordination, flexibility and focus with the importance of teamwork and social interaction. Our coaches have achieved great success in their own football careers; they fully understand the value of a healthy lifestyle including diet, exercise and above all; fun and laughter.

 

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With DanceBugs we have created funky and fun dance classes for children to encourage them to express themselves positively, gaining confidence and social skills through music and movement. DanceBugs classes have been designed age appropriately using the same concept of YogaBugs and FootieBugs, with a big emphasis on creativity and fun. At DanceBugs we offer a variety of different styles of dance classes from Ballet and Tap to Freestyle and Street!

 

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For more information about The Bugs Group and the different programmes and franchising opportunities we offer in your area please click here or alternatively you can call The Bugs Group hotline on 0121 777 77792 / info@thebugsgroup.com

Top Ten Tips To Get Your Child Fit & Healthy over the summer holidays

  1. Get your child to YogaBugs. YogaBugs is great exercise for all children and fully inclusive for children of all abilities with different classes for various age groups. YogaBugs not only works the body but also develops concentration, self-esteem, literacy and numeracy. YogaBugs uses yoga as a medium to tell stories and inspire children. Please click here to find your local class
  1. Eat slowly and in moderation. In a day and age when nearly a quarter of children are obese or overweight, this is really important. Control portion sizes and you will be able to continue to offer a wide variety of food. Also make sure they eat slowly. This will allow their brain the time to realise they are actually full.
  2. Get a minimum of eight hours sleep. Sleep shall help your child keep to the right weight. Sleep will rest their metabolism and prepare it for burning fat the following day.
  3. Give them a choice. Turn the television off but then give your child a choice of activities. This leaves them feeling empowered and more inclined to join in the physical activity because they have actively chosen it.
  4. Get dancing. Use your love of music to get your child active. Have lounge discos and they will be getting exercise whilst having loads of fun and bonding with you.
  5. Involve their friends. Children are far more likely to be active if they are playing with their friends. Just make sure the games consoles are out of reach.
  6. Ditch the car. Walking to and from shops and parks in the morning is not only great for the environment, it makes sure your child has done some physical activity before they have even truly begun their day. It won’t hurt you either.
  7. Turn TV commercials into fitness breaks. Nobody really likes it when adverts ruin their favourite show. Invent funny names for simple exercises like squat thrusts, press-ups, and sit-ups, and then do them together till the show comes back on. This will really add up over the course of the day.
  8. Get charitable. Exercise for exercise sake can be difficult to motivate yourself for never mind your little ones. Yet, it becomes far easier with a focus. Sign up for a charity fun walk. Children have great empathy and they will love being able to help those less fortunate and will be proud to tell their teacher and class mates when they go back to school.
  9. Get them in the garden. Love it or hate it there is no doubt that gardening is good physical exercise for everyone. Get your children involved and not only will they be doing something healthy they will also be learning new skills.

We hope that you have found this information useful and it has excited and motivated you to take the next steps for yourself and your child to keep fit and healthy over the summer holidays.

To find your local YogaBugs class or to attend a free taster session please visit: www.yogabugs.com.

If you would like to join our talented team of franchisees and bring the benefits of YogaBugs to the children in your area, please visit www.yogafranchises.co.uk

Concentration develops over time

My child won’t do as they are told…how many times have you said that being a parent?

At YogaBugs we work with children aged 3-12 years old. However we not only work with the children but also the parents. Our regular contact with parents means that our instructors often feedback and we notice some interesting trends in the children that regularly attend our classes..

One of the most common trends is that “my child struggles to concentrate.” Sometimes parents are so worried by this perceived problem that they are almost reluctant to let their child participate in a class. They are concerned their child is ‘not ready’ “Sean doesn’t always follow instructions’, or ‘Faye will often just do what she wants and that will ruin the class.’

The concern these parents have for how their child may have a negative impact on the class for others is commendable but at YogaBugs we have great news for them. All children struggle to concentrate. We are able to tell parents ‘Your concerns are totally normal and we have done the research to make sure our classes develop this part of the brain and keeps children engaged.’

Toddlers and young children’s brains work differently to those of fully grown adults. Amazingly adults can find this a very difficult concept to grasp. The truth is toddlers and young children are so interested and excited in their surroundings that their innate desire to explore the world around them means that sitting in one place for an extended period of time is of little interest to them. Young children are notoriously self-directed, quite simply they have not yet developed their brains to fully understand social norms. A young child is still developing their emotional intelligence and as such they lose the urge to stay involved once their interest has faded.

We love this about young children. At YogaBugs we work with children to help them retain this fascination with the world and we believe it is our job to be entertaining and inspire the child to engage throughout the whole session. Yes young children may struggle to sit and listen for extended periods of time, but YogaBugs engages their imagination and keeps them busy physically.

Developing the ability to concentrate

Young children are constantly on the move and with boundless energy move quickly from one activity to the next. They have so much energy they are actually hit with an overwhelming urge to move onto something else. Again this is almost incomprehensible to adults.

As a child matures their attention span develops and matures over time.

Passive to active. – When your child was a baby they could only look at and interact with objects directly in their line of sight. As a toddler they then develop the ability to look around and choose objects. As they continue to grow they will begin to make choices. It is then up to the adult to help the child make the right decisions.

Unsystematic to systematic searching. –  A baby will just gaze at objects in a haphazard way and then put the other end in their mouth. As a baby becomes a toddler it will begin to investigate the object systematically and methodically. As they continue to grow, they will begin to make choices on what they search for, becoming more able to discern what is and what is not of interest to them.

Broad to selective. – A baby struggles with filtering out other sources of information. Toddlers however are able to concentrate more selectively. Eventually children are able to multi-task, after all even young children can play a DS and watch television at the same time.

What can parents do to help improve concentration?

  • Minimise distractions
  • Avoid games and television that foster short attention spans
  • Actively encourage children to look for things
  • Create a quiet area
  • Keep the house tidy
  • Develop with the child, as a child progresses so must the parent
  • Encourage use of eye contact
  • Bring your child to your local YogaBugs class

 

YogaBugs and Concentration

The ability to concentrate is a key life skill. All YogaBugs classes are specially designed to improve concentration for young children by combining fun with exercise; children go on wild adventures where they may roar like a lion or blast into outer space. Through our creative visualisation techniques in our classes we help all children believe they are unique and special.

To find your local YogaBugs class or to enquire about joining our team of talented franchises and to give something back to the children in your area please visit: www.yogabugs.com / www.yogafranchises.co.uk 

Eating healthy over the six weeks holidays.

During the six weeks of summer holidays, children will tuck into 126 meals before they go back to school.

Fast food is a big part of modern life these days, making it incredibly hard to teach a child how they should eat healthy. The cheapest and easiest foods are those that are normally the least healthy for us.  If you give your child the choice between healthy food and junk food, you are more than likely not like the results.

Even though it isn’t possible to get a child to like all healthy foods, there are some ways to get your child/children to try and hopefully like at least a few of them during the holidays. You can be as creative as you like, getting kids to eat healthy foods can be a little harder than people think.

Here are some great ideas to make eating healthy fun for your child/children.

  • Sneak the healthy food in.  Even though it would be great if your child to understood the importance of fruits and vegetables, this isn’t always the case. If you can’t get them to eat good food willingly, there are ways to sneak them in, such as making
    muffins out of bananas or apples, or pizza with spinach on it, or blending vegetables into mash potato.
  • Call fruits and vegetables by funny names.  You can refer to broccoli as “trees”, making them more fun to eat. There are many different names you can call fruits and vegetables, even making up your own if you prefer. Majority of children prefer to eat foods that sound fun.
  • Try to make the foods taste better. Ranch dressing is great for broccoli, while peanut butter is a great topping for celery. There are several combinations for vegetables that can make them taste much better for children. You can let your child pick a topping for a vegetable; even if it’s something you wouldn’t normally like yourself, they will think this is fun and will make them want to taste it as they have chosen what to out onto it.
  • Dress the vegetables and fruit up.  Just as much as calling them names help children eat healthy foods, making them look funny also helps. You can do this by making funny designs on the plate, or setting them up to look like people.

 

For example you could draw a funny face onto a banana skin and call the banana ‘Barry the banana’. Although some parents don’t like their children playing with their food, sometimes it helps to get them to eat healthier.

There are several ways to make your kids eat healthier, but in order for them to enjoy it also has to be fun as well, this means the parents interacting with them and making it fun.

Getting children to eat healthily isn’t always an easy task, because children usually don’t like foods that are good for them. It can however, be done with a bit of creativity and fun. Hopefully, doing this will help your child develop a love of healthy foods for the rest of their lives.

Coming up with delicious dishes every day is hard, especially when kids can be such fussy eaters.

 

Please click here to download our Fun and Healthy recipes to try with your child at home.

To find your local YogaBugs class or to enquire about joining our team of talented franchises please visit: www.yogabugs.com / www.yogafranchises.co.uk