Gym Jams is overseen by Jon’s wife, Amanda, who has written the policies, procedures and has risk assessed all the equipment. Amanda has an enhanced DBS, is qualified to degree level in Leisure Management, and also has qualifications in childcare learning & development, play work, gymnastics coaching, paediatric first aid, first aid at work, mental health first aid, health & safety, and child protection. She trains professionals in safeguarding, special educational needs & disabilities, and in behaviour management of children. Amanda owned a pre-school playgroup for over 8 years and in Local Authority in Play and Youth Development for 11 years. She is now an Operations Manager for a private childcare company. You can, therefore, rest assured that Gym Jams soft play in very capable hands.
Jon and Amanda`s three children often help out with the mid-week sessions and parties too, resulting in an all-around family affair, creating a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all. Their oldest two children are now at university, so their appearances at Gym Jams are based around the academic terms, but the youngest child is there most days after school, helping Jon pack away the equipment. He is a cadet for St Johns Ambulance so can be an especially useful young man to have around at times
As well as creating a fun environment, Gym Jams is educational for pre-school children in terms of providing practice in motor skills and socialisation with their peers. The majority of our regulars come as part of their child’s ongoing development, rather than seeing soft play as just a rare treat. Our facilities are affordable, and we provide a range of hot beverages for the adults, so they can get the chance to relax, and socialise if they so wish too.