Welcome to our sKids Centre @ Grey Lynn, 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.

We’ll feed them, help them with their home work, let them play then do a fun activity with them so you can rest assured that they are safe, secure and having the time of their life.

Our daily before school care format includes:

Our daily after school care format includes:

3pm – 3.30pm Children arrive at the sKids room, wash 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 child is picked up by parent or caregiver

Note: Weekly themes are incorporated into the daily format. The daily format is an indication, only of the types of activities the children will be involved with at any given time. However, depending on the children’s enthusiasm and interest, it may be varied at the discretion of the staff.

We also offer a Holiday Programme (7.30am – 6.00pm).

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.

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.




For more information about our programmes please contact us.

  • Programme Owner – Jin Ping Tay
  • Onsite Mobile – 027 316 3293
  • Programme Manager – Elanor Taito
  • Mobile – 021 185 1239
  • Emailgreylynn@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.


What our parents and kids say

14 April 2016

Hi there,

Thank for having them this term. Your team are amazing and the kids really love coming to SKIDS.

They love the variety in activities you provide, always interesting and relevant to things going on in the community too.

Will definately use you guys again.

Kind Regards

Cam Swainson

(Angelica, Valentino & Leonidas’ Dad)

22 December 2015


Tovin is loving Skids and I must say that your team are fantastic with him and with us as well. Nothing is ever an issue and they are so friendly and personable.

Happy holidays to your Skids family and your own.



12 October 2015

Awesome holiday programme by the way and great staff.  My kids enjoyed the whole two weeks very much.

Thanks JP


7 October 2015

Leo had a fantastic time!  He’ll definitely be back for more and it took some persuading to have him leave the school on Friday afternoon to come home!

Thanks again,

Regards, Angela

13 March 2015

Hi JP,

It looks like we will need before school skids for this Thursday as well!

Kaia and Nora really enjoyed yesterday morning. Kaia insisted on making scrambled eggs for dinner by herself tonight to demonstrate her new cooking skills.


8 December 2014

My two children (5yr and 6yr) LOVE coming to Skids, they’ve done before school, afterschool and holiday programme at different times and I have no hesitation (or guilt) enrolling them because they enjoy it so much. In fact someone usually cries if I say we aren’t going to SKIDS today! The support staff are very kind and caring and provide a very warm environment for the kids. The programmes are well thought out and JP always takes pride in developing activities the kids will enjoy.


14 October 2014


James had such a good time at your holiday programme that he has asked to go next holidays. So I will definitely be more organised next time and book him in. He also asked to stay longer and didn’t want to be picked up. Thanks again.


Stacey 🙂

14 October 2014

Hi JP,

Amelia and Zoe had a lovely time at the holiday programme, thanks to you and your staff for taking the time to organise so much cool stuff to keep them entertained! Thank you, too, for looking after Zoe’s diabetes so well – I always feel confident that I am leaving her in good hands for the day because I know you’ll follow the program and ring me immediately with any questions or problems that come up. I think you and your team do a terrific job, we will see you in the summer holidays.


Rebecca Gillman

23 April 2014

Hi JP – just a quick word of thanks and admiration for the stellar work you do with these kids.

Geoff absolutely loves Wednesdays because it means he can come to skids.  Please hold a spot for us for Term 2 Wednesday afternoons.

Well done you!



4 March 2014

Thanks for looking after our kids so well, the staff are so friendly and engaged and always have the time to tell us how the kids have been that day, and what they have been doing after school. It’s great to know they are in such good and capable hands.

All the best

Lisa (Francis & Noah’s Mum)

31 January 2014

I was so impressed to witness the kids having afternoon tea after a long hot day on their scooters. The food being served was nutritious and perfect for hungry tummies – fresh fruit (served first!), wholemeal sandwiches and watered down juice (VERY much so – as i had some myself!). Keep up the good food choices!

Catherine Tong (Emily & Charlotte’s Mum)

23 December 2013

Merry Xmas to you and the team, thank you so much for being so very awesome. It’s fantastic to know that we have a great place for our girls to go to with people that look after, and have fun with, them when we can’t be with them. Have a lovely, well deserved break and we’ll see you in Jan.

Happy holidays!!!!

Corinne, Gerard, Charlize and Kassidy x

17 October 2013


I think you do a tremendous job and have turned sKids at Grey Lynn school around. Your energy is infectious and I can see how much fun the kids have with you and your team.

Keep up the great work and I hope you remain at Grey Lynn School for a few years to come!


Niranjali (Naomi’s mum)

7 October 2013

As we mentioned earlier, thank you for all your hard work. The children are loving your programme. You and your team are fantastic, and it shows that you are having fun too. We will be back and will continue to pass on the word about your awesome team. Thanks to all of you!

Kara (Morgan and Tessa’s mum)

28 July 2013


So glad you had the holiday programme it made our lives a lot easier. Really like the photos you’ve put on facebook too – it’s nice to see what they got up to. Hope you aren’t too exhausted after that!


Kate (Maya’s mum)

26 May 2013

Hi Jin Ping,

Marvin has been loving his sessions with you and the great activities you get up to – thank you for taking a lot of stress off!

Best wishes


2 April 2013


Thanks so much for the lovely intro into Skids – Lola is LOVING it.

Really appreciate your smiling faces and the extraordinary amount of prep that you obviously put into looking after our littles!!!!


Anna Graves (Lola’s Mum)

20 March 2013

Good afternoon

Thanks for the update on SKIDS, I just wanted to complement you on the significant improvement to the SKIDS programme since you took over, I am very impressed by the quality and organisation of the programme and Emily and Charlotte are very happy to go to SKIDS. If there is anything I can do to support please let me know in the future.

SKIDS makes our life a lot easier so we are very happy that it is running at Grey Lynn School.

Thanks again

Catherine Tong and Nicholas Allan (Emily and Charlotte’s parents).

9 March 2013

Hi JP,

I’m extremely happy to know how organized and well planned your administration is and glad that Megh enjoy it there with you. That is the most important thing to me.


Sepalika (Megh’s Mum)