Sherpa Kids South Africa | Before & After School Care, Holiday Care

About Us

We want all kids to feel AWESOME!

We are a family of families dedicated to growing awesome South African children!

We offer affordable out of school care to pre-school and primary  school children at our centres across the country. More than 3000 children come through our doors each day and we consider it a great privilege to support parents, schools and communities.

We want all kids to feel AWESOME about who they are, so our programmes have been designed to grow core capabilities in kids, so they flourish in life. We offer a range of programmes including, our after school, before school and school holiday programme.

Sherpa Kids SA | Meet the Team

Sherpa Kids South Africa | Management & Franchisee’s

We aim to deliver a ‘fresh and vibrant’ approach to Out Of School Care, and to “give children such a great time that they do not want to go home!”, so we believe:

That every child should be safe and cared for

That every child has a voice

That every child should be encouraged to be themselves

That all children, no matter what their background, should have the same opportunities

That having strong relationships with our schools, families and children is vital for growing awesome South African children

In being pioneers, in the out of school care industry by leading the way in offering new innovative programmes

Our core values

These are the values you can expect from us, and the values we look for in franchise owners working in our local communities.

We Care

For our communities, the children we are entrusted with and our fellow franchisees


In creating opportunities, growing relationships and giving back


The system, our colleagues and ourselves


By example and as pioneers


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


Opportunities for growth and development for all our stakeholders


Supporting our local communities

Sherpa Kids SA | The Operations Team

Genevieve Allen

Managing Director

Genevieve’s twenty years experience in Education focused on brand development and operational excellence which is in tune with customer needs and market trends.Her experience was gained at the JSE listed Advtech Group in the position of managing director of two of their tertiary education brands, Rosebank College and College Campus. While at Advtech Genevieve served as a member of the Group Executive Committee for over five years.

She holds an undergraduate qualification in Marketing, an MBA from Edinburgh Business School and has recently attained a Masters in Business Innovation from Deusto University in Spain.

“After working in the education industry for 20 years, I have a passionate commitment to learning in South Africa. As such, I was motivated to launch this business and offer an out of school hours programme that works.”

Sherpa Kids SA | The Operations Team

Doriann Hewlett

Doriann has 18 years of experience in working with children from teaching to being a principal of a nursery school.

She studied towards her ECD qualification. She is very passionate about working with children and helping them become the best they can be. She has run and managed a few aftercare centre’s over the past 3 years. Doriann has also assisted in the training of Sherpa Kids staff and working on the ground with a few of our partner schools.

Sherpa Kids SA | The Operations Team

Stephanie Carter

Operations Manager

Stephanie has her Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management and brings along with her a number of tutoring and lead teacher positions at various schools within Johannesburg. She has also held a Principal portfolio where she gained experience in managing and maintaining an effective operational school that included aftercare and ensuring the fostering of parent as well as student relations.

Stephanie is responsible for quality assurance, franchisee and staff operations support as well as heads the training portfolio for our teams working at our various Sherpa Kids centres.

Sherpa Kids SA | The Operations Team

Sean Coughlan

Training Manager

Father of five boys (aged 8 to 26), Sean holds an M.Ed. with post-graduate specialisation in Special Education (Remedial). Sean’s almost 46 years in the education sector includes 20 years at Rhodes University as a lecturer in the Education Department and many years as a High School and Primary School teacher. In addition, he was Education Officer for the 1820 Foundation in Grahamstown where he was responsible for administering and planning Southern Africa’s (annual) English Olympiad, National School’s Festival of English and many other varied educational offerings.

Sean is perfectly positioned to ensure that Sherpa Kids out of school hours (including before school, aftercare and holiday care) solution is perfectly matched to the needs of South African parents, their children and our schools. Responsibility for Training and Quality Assurance completes Sean’s Sherpa Kids portfolio.

Sherpa Kids SA | The Operations Team

Ray Wilke


Ray started his career in the Building Society field and moved onto a career with Major Companies in the FMCG Industry. He has held roles as Regional Sales Manager, National Sales Manager and National Accounts Manager. He has been employed by NCP Yeast, Illovo Sugar and Rainbow Chicken Limited.

If we look internally into anything we do, being it within our own business or personal life, it is those very important people that we deal with on a daily basis, how we treat and respect them is the key to success.

Our Staff

When interacting with your children

When interacting with your children, our staff will:

  • establish a rapport with your children
  • encourage children to communicate, explore and be creative and spontaneous
  • allow children to make decisions, problem solve and express and share their thoughts and opinions
  • assist children in developing positive relationships with other children
  • use praise and reinforcement with children to boost self-esteem
  • encourage and motivate good practice
  • celebrate children’s efforts and achievements

Sherpa Kids programmes are developed to:

  • provide challenging and interesting age appropriate activities
  • engage and stimulate children’s physical, intellectual, social and creative abilities
  • plan for a range of daily indoor and outdoor
  • enable children to participate in quiet/active activities, as well as small group or individual activities
  • encourage children to feel part of the school and wider community
  • be evaluated regularly by children, parents and staff using a variety of assessments and strategies


Why do people love us?

Excellent admin; children well provided for; exciting themes that engage children’s interest.

Barbara Burns

“As a full time working mom and dad with no close family, Sherpa Kids at PCS has been a life saver. Connor loves attending the holiday club. It is a perfect balance of structured activity, free play and relaxation for the kids. The staff are caring and we have the peace of mind of knowing our precious child is well taken care of, while we work.”

Anisha de Meyer

As a young start up team they are endeavouring to build a strong aftercare program. We find them to be professional and effective, providing well planned and engaging activities in the afternoons. Students go home excited and parents have peace of mind that their children are well taken care of and the bulk of their homework has been done. It is a pleasure to work along-side a service provider who is open to discussion, learning and has the Lebone community at heart.

Diane Roberts

“Amanda thoroughly enjoyed the Fairways holiday school. She had such a ball!  Thanks to everyone  🙂”

Nicoletta Maraschin

“Sherpa Kids offers a professional and excellent aftercare service. They come fully recommended for the quality of communication, service and care for children.

Graeme Edwards