Our Team

Jumping Beans was founded by, and is operated by, experts in the field of exercise, sports and early childhood education. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that the Jumping Beans programme delivers the highest quality (and most fun!) active learning environment for you and your child.

Meet the Jumping Beans Directors!

Sophie Foster, Founding Director

B.A.(Hons), L.T.C.L., Dip. Suzuki Music Pedagogy, Dip. Early Childhood Read More

Simon Rickman, Director

BMS (Hons) Read More

Ajmol Ali, Director

PhD Read More

Meet Our Licensees!

Karin Pautz

Jumping Beans Auckland North Shore and Hibiscus Coast Licensee Read More

Karin has a varied career, spanning over 20 years, including owning a Clamber Club (equivalent company to Jumping Beans) in South Africa, teaching toddler stimulation classes, Bodytalk Therapy, Banking, and owning and running an art shop...

Martisa Vermaak

Jumping Beans Auckland East, West, Ponsonby and Grey Lynn Licensee Read More

Maritsa recently arrived in New Zealand from South Africa with her husband, Anton, toddler son, Andrias, and daughter, Aimee.

Paula Poihipi

Jumping Beans Waikato Licensee Read More

Paula is the proud mother of two talented, creative and gifted daughters whom she has home schooled for many years. Paula has been involved with Jumping Beans for over 14 years. Her passion for the Jumping Bean...

Robyn Kromhout

Jumping Beans Nelson/Tasman Licensee Read More

Robyn has recently moved to Nelson from South Africa. She is an experienced Gymnastics coach with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Movement Science. She started gymnastics at the age of 3 and went on to compete at high levels until the age of 18. She is a former Sport...