About us

Welcome to our sKids Grey Lynn where "Kids just LOVE it!"

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

Meet our team:

Jin Ping Tay, Programme Owner

JP and her husband Ray became the proud owners of sKids Grey Lynn in January 2013. JP graduated from University of Waikato in 2007 with a conjoint bachelor degrees in Management Studies and Laws (1st Class Hons). She has five years of HR experience working in the private and public service in Wellington. When Ray was offered a new role in Auckland, JP decided to take the opportunity to take her HR skills into new directions as a sKids franchisee.

Anthony Kalolo, Programme Assistant

Anthony joined us in late 2014. Having spent two years working with our children, he decided he wanted to be a primary school teacher! Anthony is currently pursuing a teaching degree with University of Auckland. He loves playing basketball. He was selected to play for a club level franchise in Ireland for two months in 2015. Anthony is a welcome addition to the team as the children love challenging him at various ball sports. You will see him at Grey Lynn School sports and athletics events cheering the children on and doing the heavy lifting.

Eleanor Taito, Programme Manager

Eleanor started working at sKids Grey Lynn in February 2012. She is also a Learning Assistant at Grey Lynn School in February 2016. Eleanor has always worked with children as she grew up in a big extended family, is a children’s Sabbath school teacher at her church and worked five years as a Child Care Supervisor at the Ponsonby community centre. Eleanor is a well-regarded leader of the team for her dedication, creativity and passion for children. In return, the children, parents and the Grey Lynn school community adore her too!

Isabella Watson, Programme Assistant

Ella is currently studying medical and health science at Auckland University. She has experience in both her school's peer tutoring programme and an out of school tutoring programme helping primary school students. Her interests include art and playing sport, especially soccer! She also enjoys dancing, playing the piano and guitar. "I love working with kids and have a great time helping at the after school and holiday programmes. I am really excited about being a staff member at sKids and helping to make it as fun as possible!"

Kelsie Joyce, Programme Assistant

Kelsie has worked at different sKids sites for a few years. She has always loved working with children and with people doing things she can learn from and have fun with. She is currently studying her Bachelours of Arts degree in sociology and pychology at Auckland University. In her spare time she plays guitar in two punk bands and tour the country, write music, learn instruments, grow vegetables, sew clothes and hang out with her pet rats. Kelsie is currently away looking after her new born baby Cinnamon.

Letti Taito, Programme Assistant

Letti first started volunteering at afterschool care/holiday programmes while she was still at school and have now worked in this sector for over 10 years.  She has also doubled as a youth leader, a children’s teacher at church, a baby-sitter. She's helped to organize children’s events and birthday parties.

"During that time, I have learned:

  • 5+ ways to get a ball off a roof
  • An acorn is so much more than an acorn!
  • Art projects for the not-so-arty
  • Always carry a plastic bag for “treasures” we’ll find on our “adventures”
  • Laughter is STILL the best medicine

Some people work well with kids because they have a gift for it and are talented/skilled at it,
others work well with kids because in reality, they ARE kids. I’m still not sure which category I’m in :)"

Paul Semmons, Programme Assistant

Paul comes from a large tight-knit Cook Islands and Maori sporty family. Therefore he spends a lot of time with his nieces and nephews, and finds that he enjoys looking after them.

This led Paul to work as a programme assistant in early 2015 at sKids Matipo. He realised that he was good at engaging with children and had a positive experience working for sKids. So he reapplied to the neighbouring sKids programmes when he relocated to central Auckland to pursue his computer science degree at AUT University.

Paul now works for JP at sKids Grey Lynn and Devonport.

More significantly, Paul has also decided to continue his study with an education degree!

*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 Grey Lynn is a private out of school care and recreation provider based at Grey Lynn School. We operate from 7.15-9am and 2.30-6pm during the term, and 7.15-6pm 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 will:

  • love working with children and have proven experiences
  • have great customer service skills
  • be energetic, reliable and patient, and
  • have special talents that they can't wait to share with us

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 greylynn@skids.co.nz.


Our contact details are:

Onsite Mobile: 027 316 3293

JP's Mobile: 021 185 1239

Email: greylynn@skids.co.nz

You are most welcome to visit and talk to us onsite. We are based in Room 15 at Grey Lynn Primary at 44 Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn from 7.30-9.15am and 2.30-6pm during the term and 8-6pm during the school holidays.


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