Jumping Jacks is more than a job or business to me; it is also a hobby that has many rewards. From being a teenager, health and fitness has always been a huge part of my life. After qualifying as a fitness instructor & sports leader, I started leading fitness based sessions in the community for Sure Start Children’s Centres & also worked as a fitness instructor for Liverpool City Council.
The classes I lead were for adults initially and I saw a gap in the market for parents with no childcare who wanted to do exercise. I was also leading sports based sessions for children but with no music. I also have music qualifications & combined my love of music with ideas I had for a session parents/carers and their children could enjoy together. Many ideas were trialled on local schools & nurseries and that is how the structure of sessions was formed along with a lot of extensive research to add an educational/learning element to the sessions. After having my two younger children with a 2 year age gap between them I wanted to make the sessions suitable for preschool children of differing ages to enjoy together so the sessions were adapted to be more inclusive and appeal to a wider age group from 3 months to 5 years.
Ideas for Jumping Jacks sessions were initially developed from January 2002. In 2009, Jumping Jacks ABC Ltd was formed but we had been trading as Jumping Jacks ABC for quite some years prior to this.
The company now has two Mumpreneurs as company directors. Myself and Sara Smith. Sara had been attending Jumping Jacks sessions in 2007-2009 with her own child and three other children in her care as a child-minder. Sara was extremely impressed with the sessions being inclusive for all of the children’s differing ages & abilities as well as the sessions being lots of fun! It was great to welcome Sara into the business as a company director in 2009. Both myself & Sara have expertise in different areas which complement each other.
As well as being dedicated to the business and working very hard, we are also dedicated to our families and have five children between us from the ages of 1-14. We are often working long hours and making sacrifices to create a better future for our children. It is important to create a good balance between work & family life. Sometimes this means us having to do paper work after our children’s bedtime or during lunch with a sandwich at the computer but it’s all worth it. Multi-tasking is definitely a skill we have developed over the years. We appreciate the quality time that we spend with our families & make the most of our days off. We also believe that our hard work sets a good example to our children and gives them a strong work ethic for their own future.