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Safe Kids in Daily Supervision (sKids), was launched in New Zealand in 1996 when two mothers recognised the need for structured Out of School Care for primary school aged children.

Dawn Engelbrecht and Bev Parsons, sKids franchisees  purchased the New Zealand franchisor business in 2006, which at the time had 19 locations. In 2010, Chris Bartels joined as a director shareholder along with Dawn & Bev.

Under their leadership, sKids has become New Zealand’s largest private out of school supervised care provider at schools throughout the country, offering before and after school care, holiday programmes, as well as specialty programmes including; cooking, music and multi-sports.

170+ Centres across Aotearoa

170+ Centres across New Zealand | click on the map to find one near you.


Managing Director


in 2000, sKids Managing Director, Dawn Englebrecht after learning her kids made up 50% of the after school care program jokingly said “she should just buy the business”.
3 weeks later, she did!

Dawn firmly believes all kiwi families should have access to quality childcare, and it is this belief that has been the driving force behind sKids footprint growing from 10 sites to over 170 in just 20 years.

With many adventures under her belt, Dawn’s sense of fun, empathy and innate ability to take the rough with the smooth has formed the foundation of the sKids ‘family first’ culture.

Business Development Director


As Director of Franchise Development, Chris is passionate about inspiring others.
One of the things that gets Chris out of bed in the morning is hearing the success stories from our franchisees. Many were previously stuck in the daily grind. We get a great thrill from their personal successes, from sharing those wonderful “Ah Ha” moments that kids have in their care to buying their first home.

Operations Director


sKids Director Bev Parsons has dedicated her life to making a difference to children. Being a kid at heart is what led her to invest in sKids back in 1998 when she purchased her first franchise. Today, she is the director in charge of compliance, safety and operations, with a special interest in Child Protection and she still firmly believes in kids being allowed to be kids and learning through play.