“From my initial contact with Vicki and the Sherpa team, I have found them to be an outstandingly proficient and extremely professional organisation. It was from these first impressions that convinced me that I had to be a part of the Sherpa Kids operation. Since making this decision I have not had an opportunity to look back as the initial phase of my business has been fast and effective. They have done everything to set me up to succeed and are extremely supportive on guiding me to achieve success. I can now look forward to the next phase of my business."
Mick Rasmussen, Sherpa Kids Narellan
From the very first moment I met with Karl Barry I knew he had something special to offer and I was not disappointed. Karl outlined his childcare service, ‘Sherpa Kids’ and I thought this is just too good to be true – how wrong I was? It is all true and even better than he outlined, if that is possible?
‘Sherpa Kids’ service complements the school day perfectly, whether full day, half day or even a closed day – Sherpa Kids are always there, five days a week, all year round. They are with us for a year and they grow daily as their reputation spreads. We now have children from all three schools in the town and beyond. The families and children are delighted with the Service and I have yet to hear any comment other than praise for Sherpa Kids.
Karl’s professionalism and attention to detail trickles down to his staff who are highly trained and passionate about the children they care for. The children love going and parents are delighted with Sherpa Kids – both for the ‘regular’ and ‘drop–in’ service. Sherpa Kids immediately fitted in with the ethos and culture of St. Joseph’s. I have never to be concerned about the children in their care and they operate almost entirely independently of the school, which is of course every Board of Managements dream.
I would highly recommend talking to Karl and Sherpa Kids if you would like to offer the perfect model of child care for schools, parents and children. Having them on-site with us makes it seamless for staff, children and parents alike. I wholeheartedly recommend them to any parent, child or school.
Karl Barry is a consummate professional, with a lovely warm manner and a sense of humour which is so essential when working with children. He deserves to succeed with Sherpa Kids and I wish him the very best and am confident he will grow from strength to strength.
Sherpa Kids opened its doors at Ballyshannon National School in April 2016. We consulted with Karl, Sherpa Kids owner and in a short space of time we started preparations to open Sherpa Kids at our school. Karl and Sherpa Kids staff prepared a classroom which is used for the club. It was brightened with murals, shelving and colourful table tops. There are specific zones for light meals/snacks, homework, rest time and play. Parents drop their children early in the morning and use it after school for short periods or until 6.00pm when Sherpa Kids closes in the evening. Each morning and evening the staff at Sherpa Kids leave the classroom very clean and tidy and ready for class. The club has lots of themed activities which are carefully planned by their staff.
Sherpa Kids has blended in very well at Ballyshannon NS and there has been no disruption to the everyday running of the school. We have built up a very good relationship with Karl who has been most helpful. He offers a great care service with dedicated staff who consider parents’ and childrens’ needs.
Principal Sherpa Kids began in Scoil Chaitriona September 2016. The personnel from Sherpa Kids were always professional in dealing with all members of the school community: staff, Board of Management, parents and students. Their preparation was done with the utmost care, yet it was unobtrusive to the day to day running of the school. The children enjoy the before and after school activities and Sherpa Kids facilitate parents hugely. They liaise with the staff re. termly / monthly themes and this is of great benefit to the children involved. Sherpa Kids is an asset to the school and we wish them every continued success.
“What I was impressed with was that they adapted to the schools needs because it was important for us that we tailor a product that the parents would need. The children have really enjoyed it and they participate in so many different activities after school that are a great benefit to them.
“Sherpa Kids offers an invaluable service to our families where our students are cared for in a safe and welcoming environment. As a parent, I understand the importance of a secure and reliable childcare and on behalf of our school population I thank Sherpa Kids most sincerely for choosing our school.”
“Sherpa Kids provide an excellent after school service in our school. Their approach to the service is marked by positivity, flexibility, and top class organisation. Their communication with the school and parents is exemplary. Feedback from parents, children and school staff is unanimously positive. When children say positive things about you, you know you must be doing something right! The programme of homework, games and other activities means that the children are constantly stimulated. The food break provides excellent nutrition for the children and gives them an opportunity to have a chat with each other. As Principal, I have to say that the service Sherpa Kids provide is a template of excellence for other after school service providers and I have no hesitation in recommending Róisín and her team.”
We are delighted that the Good Shepherd National School in Churchtown was the first school in South Dublin to welcome Sherpa Kids to our school. Róisín and her Sherpa Kids team offer a fantastic, professional service to our parents and pupils. It’s ‘One Stop Drop and Collection Service’ gives parents’ peace of mind that their children are being cared for in a setting they are familiar with and are experiencing fun, stimulating before and after school activities with their school friends.
“The personnel from Sherpa Kids were always professional in dealing with all members of the school community: staff, Board of Management, parents and students. Their preparation was done with the utmost care, yet it was unobtrusive to the day to day running of the school. The children enjoy the before and after school activities and Sherpa Kids facilitate parents hugely. Sherpa Kids is an asset to the school and we wish them every continued success”.
“We are absolutely delighted with Sherpa Kids. Our biggest worry was that we didn’t have room for them but that was not an issue because Sherpa Kids operate a pop-up service. There is no additional workload on our staff and the room is left absolutely spotlessly clean – and the boys love it !”
“Sherpa Kids offers an invaluable service to our families where our pupils are cared for in a safe and welcoming environment. The feedback from our families has been overwhelmingly positive and parents are very appreciative of the flexibility of care that Sherpa Kids provides. We are delighted to be partners with Sherpa Kids as they embrace the child-centred spirit of our school”
“I am delighted with Sherpa Kids in Ballyshannon. Aoife is so content and loves the stimulation through the structured and fun activities. Sherpa Kids is a fantastic service and it’s great that the school and the service can offer this in a partnership approach. The family environment you are leading is second to none. I would highly recommend the service to anyone and encourage everyone to utilise it as it’s such an easy transition for the children. Things can change so quickly and we went from relying on my wonderful parents to not being in a position to do so. This is where the Sherpa service has something to offer everyone be it before or after school or during holiday time for camps.
Thank you and Karl. Sherpa Kids are now like part of our family!”
“With regard to the above my son Tom has been attending sherpa since they arrived in the school and I have to say it is an excellent service. I find the staff excellent and very reliable and trustworthy and tom really enjoys his time there.”
We have recently started our daughter with Sherpa Kids and as a parent you’re always worried about your children’s wellbeing. The team in Sherpa Kids Scoil Chaitriona have been amazing, Sarah, Amy and Niamh have made Poppy so welcome, it is an amazing setup full of activities, that are challenging and allow for creative learning. We use Sherpa’s pre and post the school day as both of us are working professionals, we need a caring and safe environment for Poppy and the Sherpa team provide this and more! We love the communication we get too as we are always kept in the loop on what’s happening. Keep up the great work!
“Thank you so much for the photos, they are lovely. And thank you so much for all you have done so far – the festive artwork is now adding to our decorations here in the house. You really do fantastic activities with the children and provide such great care for them. We are so glad we made the decision to switch to your service this year you have already proved 10 times over that it was worthwhile and 100% the best choice.
“You have no idea how much peace of mind you have given me, thank you.”
“He is very happy going to Sherpa, it is such a great help having that service in house at the school, thank you!”
Sherpa Kids is a great service, lovely atmosphere and happy kids going home each day! Staff are reliable, friendly and fun.
Sherpa offers an unrivalled professional service alongside a very happy warm and caring environment. As a parent, it means so much to know my son is safe, happy, stimulated and extremely well cared for……this kind of reassurance is priceless. The patience, understanding and of course welcome smiles of staff members at Sherpa are so appreciated. The staff at Sherpa are always, energetic, attentive, and willing to work individually during homework time with the boys who attend. The systems that is in place, priority to homework, after school snacks and the variety of other activities all contribute to making Sherpa the place my boy wants to be. He often gets annoyed that I am picking him up “too early”. I feel very lucky indeed to have such a creative, fun –filled and “top-class” facility on my doorstep.
We have been using Sherpa Kids in Clonakilty on an ad hoc basis since last October and we have found it excellent
I am writing to highly recommend Sherpa Kids childcare, the afterschool club affiliated with St Joseph’s School in Clonakilty.
Our little boy (8) attends Sherpa Kids in Scoil Na mBuachailli’s and our little girl (6) at St Joseph’s. Both love attending and look forward to it immensely. As parents, we always feel our kids are safe, well looked after and happy – which is the most important thing. Sherpa runs a very flexible service which suits perfectly our particular needs, which can vary significantly from week to week. Undoubtedly though, It is the playfulness and warmth of the staff that makes Sherpa great.
“Such a really fantastic service, all of my kids just love going so much!! And it’s great for me obviously too. Definitely the best of its kind around. I have friends in other schools who are very jealous!
Wishing ye great success on the way forward.”
“Sherpa Kids is more than simply a before and after school club, we couldn’t be happier with how things have turned out, the time our daughter spends at Sherpa Kids is her favourite part of the school day and we know she will be in safe hands. I would highly recommend Sherpa Kids to anyone and especially for unexpected emergencies. Friendly, dedicated and fun”
My kids adore Sherpa. I only work part time and have an au pair now, so shouldn’t really need it. But they beg. And beg. and beg!
My husband David and I bought the Franchise for the Kinsale and Carrigaline area back in May this year and we have just opened our first two schools with a third looking likely after Christmas. We have no experience in childcare other than we are parents of three, two of which are 8 and 5.
I started looking at opportunities as I wanted to do something that would still leave me free for the kids and I found Sherpa Kids.
It’s a wonderful concept and one where there is an untapped market. Its unique selling point is that Sherpa Kids are 1. Onsite, 2 flexible and 3 affordable. Just what parents need.
It has been a big learning curve but a very rewarding one. Having the franchise has made the structure and organisational side of setting up a school so much easier. I would never have achieved it on my own. We have lovely qualified staff running the schools so we can use our time to target the next schools we want to open.
We have no regrets and we have not been on our own, John and Ann Marie have been helping us each step of the way and we now are offering support to other franchisees in Dublin and Kildare.
I hope this email helps you make a decision to contact John and find out more.
From initial contact we found Sherpa kids Ireland to be professional and enthusiastic. As two mums with children of school going age wanting to return to work, it was a service we were looking for ourselves and decided to introduce it to our area.
The Sherpa kids model is in a league of its own when it comes to its offering of afterschool care. From the training and support from head office to the programs which we offer we have full confidence approaching schools and being part of the Sherpa Kids family. Our working background is far removed from the childcare industry but the Sherpa kids franchise is so comprehensive that we had no hesitations in joining the family and providing these much-needed services to our local area.