Welcome to our sKids Centre @ Devonport, where the safety and care of your child is our number one priority. If you’re looking for a safe, structured and fun environment for your children then you’ve come to the right place.

It’s all about having lots of FUN and your kids will have so much fun at our sKids Centre that they won’t want to leave.

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!

Our wonderful team of programme assistants will:

  • provide a variety of healthy breakfast and afternoon tea
  • help them with their home work (be it reading, spelling, writing or basic facts)
  • freeplay with them (some of the all time favourites include: ball tag, Marco Polo, Piggy-in-the-middle)
  • engage them in a fun activity.

You can rest assured that your children will have the time of their lives while you pursue your careers and interests.

Best of all, we are based at Devonport Primary where we have access its many facilities such as: swimming pool, sports equipment, the library, computer lab, forrest and playgrounds! In supporting sKids Devonport, you are also supporting DPS as 10% of your child’s OSCAR fee is returned to the school as rent!

Our daily breakfast club format includes:

7.30am onwards Healthy breakfast served. We will also be serving hot breakfasts at least twice a week with the kids’ help in the hall kitchen. French toast with fruit salad have proven to be a hit!

8-8.30am Homework help in a quiet area is available to those with unfinished homework. Those with completed or no homework can get straight into an activity related to the theme of the week

8.45am Children pack up and get ready for class. We walk the younger children to their classes and help them settle into their morning routines

Our daily afterschool care format includes:

3pm – 3.30pm We collect younger children from their classes. Older children arrive at the sKids room within 10 minutes. Children wash their hands and enjoy a healthy afternoon tea

3.30pm – 4pm Free play at the playground weather permitting

4pm – 4.30pm Children begin homework, reading, completing worksheet or quiet activity

4.30pm – 5pm **Special activity**

5pm – 5.30pm Finishing projects and clean-up

5.30pm – 6pm Small group activity until parent arives.

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.

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




For more information about our programmes please contact us.

  • Programme Owner – Jin Ping Tay
  • Onsite Mobile – 022 173 7289
  • JP’s Mobile – 021 185 1239
  • Email – devonport@skids.co.nz


To find out more about the programmes we offer and our opening hours please call or email us.


All fees are based on your booking requirements with full time, part time and casual options available.

Please contact us directly for more information about fees.

All our programmes are OSCAR approved by the Ministry of Social Development and thus parents may be able to apply for Work and Income OSCAR subsidies towards the cost of their childcare. Eligible families could pay as little as $2.00 per day.

Come and visit us onsite to discuss your requirements.


We can’t recommend sKids highly enough. The staff are fantastic and our daughter loves the sessions and often talks about the teachers and other children at home. She has made a lot friends in the programme. She even loves that they do homework at sKids, because it means she doesn’t have to do it later at home. Initially we tried sKids because being on-site, it was convenient and our daughter could join Skids at 4pm when other after school activities finished. However, it soon became obvious the programme was a better fit for our daughter. The key things in the programme which we love are the structure, the focus on developing social skills and the individual attention each child receives. Together these things have resulted in our daughter being less tired and better behaved, and she has stopped complaining about being bored, which was an issue with her previous programme.

We have been really impressed by the responsiveness of the teachers who are really attuned to the children and what is going on at school. JP is constantly adapting the programme to accommodate the particular interests of the children, or to work in with what is being taught in school. No other programme is this dynamic and while we initially thought too much proximity to school might be a bad thing, it has turned out to be a real advantage. We have been equally impressed with the before school programme which we’ve used on occasion, and the holiday programme which our daughter now regularly attends.

– Richard & Danae Begg, October 2015

“We tried sKids because we were dissatisfied that our kids (5 and 7) were watching rather a lot of television at the alternative (very busy) after-school care option.

We couldn’t be happier with sKids! The program is structured and innovative (and TV-free), and our boys have a lot of fun there. There is physical play, the homework gets done, and then there’s an interesting project each day. The teachers are young and fun and obviously love what they do, and they work hard to teach social skills as well, with a star-based rewards system for behaviour that certainly pushes our kids’ buttons!

It is so much more than a babysitting service, and whenever I sign the boys up for a session I am confident I am giving them an enriching afternoon. It’s practical too – it is based at the school, and has a new internet booking system that is very user-friendly. We also put the boys in for a solid week in sKids’ high-quality holiday program, and they loved every day.”

– Sharon, Devonport, September 2015

“Everything you want from your before and after school care – structured, nurturing, educational, inspiring, and fun! JP and Austin are a great team who really keep the kids stimulated. Only problem is trying to get them to leave at the end of each day!”

– Helen Skelton, August 2015

“Matthew was very excited this morning to have another sKids session as he enjoys it so much. Thank you!”

– Rachel Kirk, May 2015