About us

Welcome to our sKids programme where the safety and care of your child is our #1 priority.

If you're looking for a safe, structured and fun environment for your children then you've come to the right place.

Our team has been police-vetted and rigorously interviewed by JP and the children. Our training include induction, behavioural management and child protection. We are also certified first-aiders and trained in water safety.

We are based at Devonport Primary School where kids are already familiar with the school environment. We are also very fortunate to have access to the best facilities DPS can offer. They include the swimming pool, sports equipment, the library, computer lab, forest and playgrounds! In supporting us, you are also supporting DPS because 10% of your child's OSCAR fee is returned to the school as rent!

Meet our team:

Jin Ping Tay, Programme Owner

JP is the successful owner-operator of sKids Breakfast Club, After School Care, and Holiday Programmes at both Devonport and Grey Lynn School.

With a background in the HR & Legal professions, JP jumped at the chance to be inspired daily by children and the dynamic sKids team in 2013.

Our Vision is to be the childcare and programme provider-of-choice to our school community

Our Mission is to inspire our people and children to thrive and grow.

Having developed successful programmes at Grey Lynn School with her very capable team, she felt it was time to expand her horizons. When she was approached to restart sKids Devonport, JP and her husband moved into the community within a month. With the support of Principal Melinda Bennett, sKids Devonport reopened in February 2015.

JP’s career highlights so far include: (1) getting involved in the sKids Systems Committee which brought out AIMY, the OSCAR industry’s first parent portal and booking system; (2) bringing three very excited Devonport children to the TV One Breakfast show to announce our FoodStorm cooking programme; and (3) serving families in the Grey Lynn and the North Shore Peninsula by caring for their children while the adults pursue their careers and interests.

JP is now on the sKids National Events and Marketing committee and recently joined the Entourage programme, a school for young entrepreneurs. She now lives in Devonport with her husband, who is enjoying the ferry commute to his work in the CBD.

Jacinta Fraser, Programme Assistant

Jacinta is an only child but she has younger cousins who see her as a ‘big’ sister. With a background in the hospitality and customer service industries, Jacinta wanted a challenging yet rewarding career. Since joining sKids in September 2016, she discovered a passion for working with the younger generation and helping children grow and develop. Jacinta has been accepted to pursue her studies in teacher aiding and will be commencing her work placement at both Devonport Primary and Vauxhall School in 2017. When not working, Jacinta enjoys music, arts and crafts, socialising with her friends, reading and keeping active. Her favourite colours are blue, pink, black and red. Jacinta believes everyone is a superhero in their own unique way but if she could be one she would be superwoman so she could fly and rescue those in danger!

Gabrielle Jarvis, Programme Assistant

My name is Gabby Jarvis. I am 19 years old and have lived in Belmont, Auckland my whole life. I went to Belmont Primary, Belmont intermediate and Carmel College. For the last two years I have been studying psychology at university but this year after working with sKids I have decided to become a primary school teacher, my degree starts in 2017 and will finish in 2020. Coming from a family with 20 first cousins, I have been growing up taking care of them since I am the fifth oldest cousin in the family. Three of my aunties are teachers and we say it runs in the family. I joined Skids only two months ago and have absolutely fallen in love with the company. Not only is the team amazing to work with but the children outshine everything else. My favourite colour is light blue like the sky on a beautiful day. If I could be any superhero I would want to be a Wonder Woman because there's nothing more wonderful than being a woman.

Steffi Burrowes, Programme Assistant

Prior to joining the sKids Devonport family, Steffi coached children in athletics, football and netball. This is because she has a strong sporting background and currently plays club football and competes in athletics. Steffi really likes to get children involved in sports and give something new a try. “Teaching the children new skills and watching them gain confidence is something that I am very passionate about!” Steffi is in her final semester studying psychology and employment relations at Auckland University where she aspires to be a child psychologist or health psychologist.

*WANTED: SUPERSTAR Programme Assistants*

  • Do you LOVE working with children, contributing to their learning and growth?
  • Are you looking for a meaningful work, which require you to have fun?
  • Do you want to hone your skills now for a future career in sports or education?

sKids Devonport is a private out of school care and recreation provider based at Devonport Primary School. We operate from 7.30-9am and 3-6pm during the term, and 7.30-6pm during the school holidays. We are on the look out for SUPERSTAR programme assistants to join our team.

You will be assisting in the day-to-day running of the sKids programme, ensuring that all children attending receive optimal care at all times. This includes preparing healthy snacks, running fun activities and help with their homework. You will be engaging with children, teaching them good values, and working as part of the team.

The successful candidates must:

  • have great customer service skills
  • be energetic, reliable and patient, and
  • have a can-do attitude.

If you hold a current first-aid certificate and a full driver’s licence, your application will be advantageous. The preferred candidates will ideally be an all-rounder in arts and craft, music, sports and food technology.

In return, we will provide you with the opportunity to develop and grow your skills in a fun work environment.

Your application must include a cover letter and a CV explaining why you are the best candidate for this role.

If you have any questions, please contact JP Tay, Programme Owner on 021 185 1239 or devonport@skids.co.nz.

Our contact details are:

Onsite Mobile: 022 173 7289

JP's Mobile: 021 185 1239

Email: devonport@skids.co.nz

You are most welcome to visit and talk to us at DPS!

Yes we are based at school in Room 1 at Devonport Primary at 18 Kerr Street, Devonport. We are very fortunate to have access to the best facilities on offer at the school.

During the term: 7.30am - 9am and 2.45pm - 6pm

During the holidays: 7.30am - 6pm


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