Sherpa Kids International global expansion continues with sale of UK (England) Country Master Franchise


Award-winning Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) franchise business, Safe Kids In Daily Supervision (sKids), is building on 16 years of success with the sale of a Country Master Franchise in the United Kingdom (England).

Established in New Zealand in 1996, sKids is now offering services to almost 100 sites across the country, and successfully launched into the Australian market in July 2011, with eight franchisees and growing.

On his purchase of the UK Master Franchise, sKids UK Master Franchisor John Geers said,

“I was looking for a business that above all offered me potential; and sKids has that in bundles. The OSHC market in the UK is huge but very immature and fragmented with the service levels provided to schools, parents and their children very inconsistent. The sKids brand and operational excellence will set us apart in this market.

“With the depth of expertise from New Zealand and Australia behind us, we in the UK will raise the standards and expectations of what OSHC should be, creating the gold standard for the industry which schools, parents and children will come to expect and to which the competition will aspire.”

Vicki Prout, sKids Australia Managing Director, said the appointment of Mr Greer would allow tested and proven sKids programs to be made available to English parents and children, adding value to OSHC services through the provision of a fun, caring, learning-based program that provides a safe and secure environment for the care of school-aged children.

Dawn Engelbrecht, sKids New Zealand Managing Director, said “Our key point of difference is that sKids franchisees enjoy ownership of a financially and emotionally rewarding business that provides them with flexible lifestyle options, supported by a highly skilled and trained franchise team.”

sKids offers a structured and well-balanced OSHC program that offers a variety of planned activities such as arts & crafts, music & drama, sport, technology and other fun activities that kids love. sKids also offers Vacation Care programs during school holidays that are designed to amuse, challenge and entertain children.