Sherpa Kids Centres 

The all important staff to pupil ratio
Staff ratios are aligned to International Best Practice at 1 staff member to 15 children for After Care. In comparison to most South African After Care providers, this is, at least, twice as many staff caring for your children.

Our programmes are
Fresh, Innovative, Engaging, Collaborative
Egaging. Each is well-researched and modern, designed to meet needs of the local community.  Using our extensive and well researched themes and programmes – we evolve and grow with our activities from within our Sherpa Kids international network. 
We utilise a national network pool of unique service providers to assist in “extra curriculum activities” on an ongoing basis.

Homework at Sherpa Kids?
We designate a specific time for this activity to occur. This is particularly important, as it allows children to focus on homework tasks in a supervised environment. If a child has no homework, or finishes prior to the time allowed, they will be able to choose a suitable activity to carry on with.

How is children’s behaviour managed?
Sherpa Kids behaviour management procedures are in line with school policy.
We ensure our environment is a safe happy place for everyone. We maintain an emphasis on being polite, considerate and cooperative, respecting each other and the property/equipment on-site.
Children will be encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour through offering them choices and implementing logical and natural consequences, including involvement of parents (if necessary). If we experience behavioural problems with a child, we will contact the parent for discussion.

What are our fees?
Our fees vary per school.  Please call the local programme manager directly to discuss.

What time does the centre close? 
Most of our centres are open until 6pm daily, and children must be collected by closing time.

Can I send a friend/relative along to pick up my child?
Names of persons authorised to collect your child from the centre should be written on the Sherpa Kids enrolment form. Parents will need to advise the centre manager timeously and in writing if there are any changes to the person/s authorised to collect their child.

Do you provide food for the children?
We aim to provide nutritious food and snacks to children in order to promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage positive food habits. The weekly menu will be displayed at the service, and we welcome suggestions from both children and parents. Occasionally, special foods or treats may be served as part of cooking experiences, special events or celebrations. If your child has any special requirements, please discuss them with Sherpa Kids staff. Any breakfast or light lunch served are included at no extra cost.

What if my child has medical conditions or requirements?
At the time of enrolment, parents/guardians must advise the programme manager of any existing medical conditions such as allergies, anaphylaxis, diabetes or asthma. You will also need to indicate if there is any medication (either prescription or homeopathic) to be administered to your child during any session of care.
You will need to discuss the specifics with Sherpa Kids staff. In some instances, Medical Management Plans, Risk Management and Minimisation Plans or equipment and other resources may need to be provided before your child can attend the service.
You will also need to supply all prescription medication in its original bottle with your child’s name, appropriate dosage, frequency, date of dispensing and use-by date.

My child has additional needs. How is this handled?
If your child has a disability or additional need, please arrange a time to discuss it with the centre manager prior to enrolment, to ensure appropriate care can be provided.
Detailed information about your child’s requirements and specific behaviour or medical management information must be provided to the centre manager when submitting the enrolment form.

Do you run excursions?
During school holidays your local Sherpa Kids centre take children on special outings from time to time, away from the school-based site. These excursions may attract additional costs which will be communicated to parents together with the holiday programme.   

Dear Parents
Do you have a question you would like answered, if so please ask Sherpa Kids by completing below.  We will be more than pleased to assist where possible.