Sherpa Kids is an international company which runs before and after school clubs and holidays activities in schools and other community facilities. Our organisation, which has some 115 franchises worldwide, looks after around 8,300 primary school-aged children every day.
Sherpa Kids’ activities include arts and crafts, music and drama, sport and games, cooking and technology. Many of them are based on specific themes, such as the circus, recycling, sporting events and space, and they are tailored to fit in with the individual requirements of schools and their curriculums. More than 80 themes have been prepared, equating to more than two and half years of fun and educationally engaging activities.
The founding company, Safe Kids in Daily Supervision (sKids), was launched in New Zealand in 1996. In 2006, two mothers, Dawn Engelbrecht and Bev Parsons, who were existing sKids franchisees, purchased the New Zealand franchisor business, which had 19 locations at the time. Under their leadership, sKids now operates in more than 150 New Zealand primary schools and is supported by more than 60 franchisees. The company continues to operate under this original name in New Zealand, but as part of the Sherpa Kids International network.
The concept of better, more structured out-of-hours care was introduced to Australia in 2011. It has since expanded into South Africa, Ireland, England and Canada.