45 minute class. Instructor to student ratio - 1:5
A 3 year old is placed in a learning situation where someone other than mom and dad has authority. This may be easy for some children, but very difficult for others. Often a 3 year old has not yet learned to view people outside of family members as authority, nor have they been exposed to the fact they must cooperate with others. It is for this reason that many 3 year olds may have trouble adjusting to a class situation. Hence the low student ratio.
The third year of a child's physical development accelerates rapidly. They learn to use different parts of their body independently (like hopping on one foot, for instance). This is also the age when they begin to challenge their own physical potential. They try to run faster, climb higher, etc. This "no fear" age is another reason for our small ratio. Gymnastics Central provides a safe environment for this part of their development.
Although socialization is our main goal at age three, their fast developing physical attributes allow for them to achieve a lot of skills. These may not be pure gymnastics skills, but are pretty complex for a three year old. These skills include inversion, swinging and climbing, pushing and pulling, throwing and catching, and of course, running.
We would expect that by the time a child turns 4, they are ready for learning basic gymnastics skills.