About Us

Meet the people at Sherpa Kids HQ who provide a wealth of knowledge and legendary ongoing support for you and your teams.

Sherpa Kids is an international company specialising in childcare and holidays activities for kids from age 2 to 18. Sherpa Kids has over 120 franchises worldwide, 265+ locations and looks after around 9,000+ school-aged children every day.

The founding company, Safe Kids in Daily Supervision (sKids), was launched in New Zealand in 1996. Dawn Engelbrecht and Bev Parsons purchased existing sKids franchises in 2000 and 1998 respectively, before going onto purchase the New Zealand franchisor business, which had 19 locations at the time.

Under their leadership, sKids now operate in more than 165+ New Zealand locations 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.

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 concept of better, more structured childcare was introduced to Australia in 2011 and has since expanded into South Africa, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England and Canada, with other countries being developed due to the growing global demand.

THE SHERPA HEAD OFFICE SUPPORT TEAM

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MEET DAWN ENGELBRECHT, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF SHERPA KIDS INTERNATIONAL.

The foundation of the Sherpa Kids ‘family first’ culture was formed from my sense of fun, empathy and innate ability to take the rough with the smooth. 

In 2000, after learning that my kids made up 50% of the local after school care program, I jokingly said “I should just buy that business”. 3 weeks later, I brought the franchise!

It is my belief that all families should have access to quality childcare around the world. With today’s society getting busier and busier, and the pressures on families in local communities, the need for care that is local and engaging has never been stronger. This belief has been the driving force behind the sKids and Sherpa Kids businesses growing from 10 sites in New Zealand to over 260 worldwide in just 20 years.

I look forward to discussing with you how you can make a difference in your local community.

Regards.

Dawn Engelbreght
Simon Barnes

Simon Barnes

Operations Support
Simone supports our franchisees from an operations and management point of view. He is the glue that binds the Sherpa Kids network together.
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Business Development
Our new business specialist who works between the Master Franchisees and Head Office.
Simon Bell

Simon Bell

Marketing & Comms
Simon supports the franchise network with marketing and brand development, and all the important pretty pictures.

OUR CORE VALUES

As a franchisee, you have the opportunity to succeed by consistently following our company values, created by our team @ Sherpa Kids HQ. These are the values you can expect from us, and the values we look for in franchise owners.

WE CARE

For our COMMUNITIES, the CHILDREN we are entrusted with and our fellow franchisees

WE BELIEVE

In CREATING opportunities, GROWING relationships and GIVING back

WE TRUST

The SYSTEM, our COLLEAGUES and OURSELVES

WE LEAD

By example and as pioneers

WE PROMISE

To look for solutions, to uphold Sherpa Kids standards and be honest in all our dealings

WE SEEK

Opportunities for growth and development for all our stakeholders
Janine Hammond from Sherpa Kids South Africa discusses OHSC on Afternoon Express, a lifestyle talk show in South Africa.

THE SHERPA KIDS MODEL IS SIMPLY THE ‘EVERYONE WINS’ PARADIGM, AND THERE ARE NUMEROUS AUDIENCES THAT BENEFIT FROM SHERPA KIDS FRANCHISES.

  • FAMILIES – managing time/stress and priorities through reduced fragmentation of out of school hours care
  • SCHOOLS – supporting them through educationally beneficial outsourcing and with a solution that allows principals and teachers to focus on their core function
  • CHILDREN – improvement of self-esteem through improved results and social benefits
  • COMMUNITIES – the collection of all the positive benefits together with providing jobs/business opportunities for local suppliers/entrepreneurs
  • TEACHERS – potential post teaching career change

What do our Country Master Franchisees have to say?

We love our Sherpa Kids Master Franchisee’s, and they love us. Read the feedback from the existing team to help you understand, you aren’t in this alone. We will help you build your business, we are right there next to you.

Are you ready?

Make a difference in your local communities. Contact the team @ Sherpa Kids to find out more!