Sherpa Kids School Body Engagements 

  • Attended the SAPA - South Africa Principals Association - Regional Conferences: 2014/ 2015/ 2016 and 2017.
  • ISASA Dep Heads Conference 2014/ 2015/ 2017
  • ISASA Bursars Conference 2016
  • ISASA Heads Conference 2016
  • Proudly Primary 2016
  • Eduweek 2014 (speaker), 2016 (finalist Basic Education Supplier), 2017 (Panel Judge) 
  • ICP (International Confedration of Principals)- 2013 Sherpa Kids International at Cairns Australia, 2017 Sherpa Kids South Africa Cape Town
  • GBF (Governing Body Foundation) National Executive – Sun 17 Aug 2014. Sean Coughlan arranged for Sherpa Kids to present at the GBF board meeting. Genevieve and Sean introduced Sherpa Kids and discussed opportunities for standard settings and quality bench marks in the South African OSHC Industry. 
  • Intro meeting with FEDSAS (Federation of Governing Bodies ofSouth African Schools) Gauteng Regional Heads 

 Sherpa Kids Media Magic

  • ADELAIDE ADVERTISER : Mid Oct 2013. Sherpa Climbing to Global Heights
  • SUNDAY TIMES: 26 Jan 2014 : Taking Aftercare off schools’ busy hands
  • FNB BUSINESS SHOW: 03 Mar 2014 - 1st Radio Interview 3 Mar 2014
  • THE STAR : Wed 9 Apr 2014 : Franchise Companies resilience following global trends
  • BUSINESS FRANCHISE AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND : Apr 2014 : International Expansion with Local Engagement
  • EDUCATION SA: May 2014 - Article written by Genevieve on making Primary Schools profitable by outsourcing services i.e. Aftercare. 
  • ENTREPRENEUR Magazine - May 2014 - News Kids on the Block : 
  • JO’BURG TV: 26 Aug 2014 - Featured Sherpa Kids Holiday Club Summit School. 2 ½ mins.Interviewed both Emma and Mariska. 
  • YOUR BUSINESS MAGAZINE - Aug 2014 - Three page feature 
  • DESTINY Magazine: Aug 2014. Two page feature. 
  • CNBC Africa: 3 Sept 2014 - Fifteen minute Live Studio Interview with Genevieve. Feature on Innovation in Education. Please click on link to hear interview :  


  • FNB BUSINESS SHOW: 10 Sept 2014  - Follow-up on 1st Radio Interview 3 Mar 2014. 

New Kids On The Block: Sherpa Kids
Sherpa Kids ready to bring quality after-school care to a market in need. By Tracy Lee Nicol May 26, 2014 4:10 am - Entrepreneur Franchisezone.
                                  Jay RSA                         Team Sherrpa

Vital Stats
Company: Sherpa Kids. Est: 1996, Brought to SA: November 2013. Contact: +27 (0)11 792 4679. Website: www.sherpakids.co.za 

What is it?
Sherpa Kids is a franchised out of school hours care (OSHC) service founded by ex-South African Dawn Engelbrecht, in New Zealand 1996. It operates in over 150 schools in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and has arrived in South Africa.
“Unlike traditional after-care services that schools run because they have to, the Sherpa Kids programme allows schools to outsource the responsibility and provides a stimulating, engaging, fun and educational child-care environment that complies with an internationally benchmarked after-care curriculum,” says South African master franchisor and MD, Genevieve Allen. 

About the franchisor
Geneveive has over 20 years’ experience in the education sector having been MD for two Advtech Group brands, and a member of the group’s executive committee.
“I took a sabbatical that included studying my Masters in Business Innovation, and an assignment got me researching education innovation. That’s how I found Sherpa Kids in Australia.”
Allen saw a gap in the market locally for quality OSHC. “Many working parents need after-care services but don’t really have a choice in the quality. Many schools have to provide aftercare but are over burdened and under resourced. I realised the opportunity for Sherpa Kids in SA,” says Allen. 

Sherpa Kids and schools
Sherpa Kids officially launched in SA in November 2013. Sherpa Kids offers before-school care (including a breakfast club); after-care for homework supervision and engaging structured activities; and holiday care and stimulation.
“Our pilot sites will be operating from the April holidays as it’s a time of great demand from schools, and we have a number of franchisees in the pipeline.”
What’s more, the model is scalable. “This can be, but isn’t restricted to being a single site, owner-operated type of business. Depending on career goals, a franchisee can run OSHC at a cluster of primary schools in their area provided they have qualified staff supervising children.” 

Ideal franchisees
“There are many teachers and retired teachers attracted to franchising because of its structure and don’t feel like they’re running a business on their own. Sherpa Kids is also an ideal flexible, part-time business.”
Franchisees must have passion for working with children, blended with strong business and customer acumen. Sherpa Kids suits professionals with childhood development/social work/child psychology backgrounds.
Provided Sherpa Kids centre managers are qualified in education or childcare, and the assistants skilled (graduates or final year students), franchisees needn’t be education professionals. 

Sherpa Kids assists franchisees with:
Development of territory and broad business plan
Training and ongoing support during and after start-up
Franchisee guidance with activities and planning. 

Benefits of the model:
Low barrier to entry and customizable
No rent or lease agreements for existing schools’ facilities
Franchisor assists with school proposals
No direct competition.

Sherpa Kids visited more than 50 Gauteng schools (primarily Joburg North, South, East, West) engaging one-on-one with Principals and Deputy Principals. So far, a total of 160 schools have been contacted during our first year.



Sherpa Kids South Africa extends a warm, sunny South African, welcome to Mr John Miles, newly appointed Country Master Franchisee for Ireland. John, a former financier who moved to rural Ireland from London with his young family, said Irish families were crying out for affordable, high quality, school-based care. John is a results driven director with a proven track record of successfully shaping and managing businesses to deliver improved bottom line results as well as operational and regulatory excellence. 

His strong background in leadership, driving change management by mentoring start-up businesses across sectors in the UK and Ireland, arms him with the skills, drive and gravitas for the changing Irish child care environment. The environments in which John excels are generally characterized by a focus on continuous improvement, creative idea generation, clarity of decision making and the capacity and  mandate to mobilise solutions. His mantra – making the complex simple!

Ireland in the stream                                  John Dawn Vicky

1st Sherpa Kids School opens St Joseph’s National School in Clonakilty, Cork, Ireland, Sat 6 Sept 2014. 


More activities thanks to mum - Sherpa Kids South Africa congrates mom, Navdeep Sandhu on joining the Sherpa Kids International Team.................. Published: Sat, 06 Jun 2015 08:30:05 GMT - Newbury and Thatcham Chronicle

UK Mom Jun 2015   Vicky UK

A THATCHAM mum has been appointed as the local franchisee for an international company that runs primary school-aged care. Navdeep Sandhu has been chosen to represent Sherpa Kids, a company that runs before and after school clubs and holiday activities for youngsters. She will be giving primary schools in Thatcham and Newbury the chance to run the company’s programmes including arts and crafts, music, drama, sport and cooking. The programmes are tailored around the school and adhere to early learning frameworks.

Ms Sandhu said: “As a mother of two young children I understand how difficult it is for many women to go back to work due to the high cost and shortage of childcare in many parts of the UK. “There are many wonderful child-minders and nurseries in our area, however, I believe that many parents would like to see more after-school care and holiday clubs available in local primary schools too and I hope that I will be able to help them through my new post at Sherpa Kids.” The company currently has more than 100 franchises worldwide, in locations including Australia, Canada, Dubai, Ireland and South Africa, and it intends to continue to expand across the UK. 

- See more at: http://www.newburyandthatchamchronicle.co.uk/news/newbury/articles/2015/06/04/966850-more-activities-thanks-to-mum/#sthash.YHK7AqSk.dpuf 


Sherpa Kids Franchise - An Engaging Child Care Franchise Model

7 May 2014

What is Sherpa Kids?

Sherpa Kids is an Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) business available in the country as a successful franchise model. OSHC is a new category of childcare in South Africa and comprises aftercare, holiday care and before school (breakfast club) care. The centres are run directly on school properties. Centres are staffed by qualified personnel who meet minimum standards as prescribed by the brand as well as International Best Practice and managed by the owners of the Sherpa Kids franchise. Each franchisee may operate multiple, closely located and similar – in – profile schools.

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Taking aftercare off schools’ busy hands

7 May 2014

GENEVIEVE Allen is a franchisor and licence holder for Sherpa Kids South Africa, which runs after-school programmes on school properties. She tells Margaret Harris that her experience as the eldest of six children means management has been her profession since she was three years old.

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