Building Confident Learners

Mission & Vision:

Our Mission is Building Confident Learners. By building confidence- discover the power of play and exploration to prepare children for a lifetime of learning with passion, compassion, and love.

Our Values

  • Child Development

  • Community and Friendship

Our Values

Child Development:

0-2: Whole child development, with our innovative playscapes, music & lesson plans. Our equipment is designed for your little one to try, learn, play, fall and try again. We reconfigure our modular proprietary playscapes every three weeks, where children experience new challenges in an ever-changing environment. Researched, tested, and expertly executed lesson plans allow children to learn different concepts.

2-5: Our engaging academic themes are the first step to their academic experience. Introduce children with early literacy and numeracy in a private, small classroom setting, and gradual entry allows children to adapt to their first-time separation from their parents. With our signature lessons with the global context in mind, our children explore the world through singing, dancing, drawing, and languages and become global citizens.

Community and Friendship:

At Gymboree Vancouver, we strive to create a sense of community not only for the children but for their caregivers as well. Through friendship, children discover the world around them. Building and strengthening personal connections allows children to develop social skills. Our classes provide an inviting space for everyone to feel comfortable, invited and safe.

Joanna Pang


Joanna is passionate about bringing children and families a fun and loving hub. Joanna was inspired by the teachers at one of the Gymboree Play & Music Centers in China, the classes supported her son, Winston’s early development. She decided to bring Gymboree to families in the Lower Mainland, envisioning that the professionally designed programs could benefit families and children.

Joanna holds two Master's Degrees from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. She oversees the center's operations, marketing, programming and training. When she is not at work, she enjoys hiking with her family, snowboarding on the mountain, and travelling.

Chang Qian

Advisory & Director

Chang is a senior management and IT consultant; he always brings a different perspective on how to run the business efficiently. With his extensive consulting experience with many large enterprises, such as Lululemon, and BC Hydro, Chang designs Gymboree Vancouver's operations, marketing, and human resources plans.

Chang holds three degrees in Finance, Mathematics, and Computer science from the University of British Columbia. He oversees the center's finance and strategic planning. Chang enjoys reading, snowboarding, and spending quality time with his family.

Holly ten Haaf

Operations Lead

Holly is a senior Gymboree Vancouver teacher; she teaches Play & Learn, Babies, Art, Explorers and Preschool Prep with HOMER classes. Holly also creates all engaging and educational events. Holly trains new teachers and writes new lesson plans when she is not teaching in the classroom.

Holly is pursuing her music degree at the University of British Columbia. And she is very passionate about music and art. She enjoys spending time with her family and making crafts when she is not at work.

Ani Tanwar

Lead Writer & Administrative Assistant

Ani teaches Play & Learn, Music and our drop-off programs. Outside of the classroom, she also leads email marketing campaigns and contributes to event execution.

She is pursuing a Psychology degree at the University of British Columbia. She has a passion for child development and in her free time, she enjoys film analysis, music & reading.

Jenny Chen


Jenny teaches Play and Learn, which ranges from a variety of different age groups.

She is pursuing a Psychology & Interpersonal Development degree at the University of British Columbia. She is passionate about helping the little ones to learn and have fun. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, music & playing badminton.

Zoe Lin


Zoe teaches Play & Learn along with our drop-off programs, Little Architects & Mandarin Immersion, and leads administrative work in the centre.

She holds a degree of Fine Arts and Biology from the University of British Columbia. Her passion and love for design will help little ones gain better understanding in architecture and fine arts. She loves reading books in her free time.

Contact Us

Email us at

Call us at 604-220-8171

Visit Us at: 1538 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V6J 5K9

Opening Hours

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 9am - 4:30pm

Wednesday: 9am - 1pm

Thursday: 9am - 6pm

Friday: 9am - 3pm

Saturday: 9am - 4:30pm

Sunday: Closed

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