Sherpa Kids open in Tamworth

7th May, 2013 General News

Safe, fun after school

ST EDWARD’S Primary School and Kootingal Public School are the first school in NSW to adopt the Sherpa Kids out-of-school-hours program.

“St Edward’s is thrilled to welcome the Sherpa Kids program,” school principal Gary McSweeney said. Sherpa Kids is partnering with primary schools in NSW to provide in-school care for students, before and after a school day, including during the school holidays. It is based on the popular Safe Kids in Daily Supervision program from New Zealand and focuses on providing primary school-aged children with meaningful learning and recreational experiences that complement what they’re taught during normal school hours. “When children were enrolled the parents were asking whether there was a care option for their child. Now, thanks to Sherpa Kids, there is a program, and parents have warmly welcomed this,” Mr McSweeney said. “The school conducted a survey to see who would send their child or children to the program, and results indicated a high level of interest. “We have 15 children already enrolled and we expect that to gradually grow.”

AFTER SCHOOL FUN: Mackenzie Hyde, Holly Beard, Caleb Syphers, Tim Aspinall and Josh Beard, with principal Gary McSweeney, left, and Ted After School Fun mNguyen. Photo: Geoff O’Neil.

Sherpa Kids’ NSW area developer Ted Nguyen said it could be difficult for parents to find safe, structured and fun out-of-school-hours care for kids, let alone one that works around their busy schedules. “Importantly, we will engage with local school communities and dedicate ourselves to improving the outcome for principals and teachers, while supplementing good parenting standards too,” Mr Nguyen said. The program can accommodate up to 40 kids and parents interested in the service should call the school.