Franchise New Zealand - Year 27 Issue 04 – Summer 2019

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Franchisee demonstrates the values that make sKids the best

Ingrid Godden with four of her eight children


sKids (Safe Kids in Daily Supervision) has around 70 franchisees operating over 170 sites across New Zealand which provide regular before- and after-school care, as well as holiday, cooking and intermediate programmes. Franchisees are therefore a crucial part of the communities they serve, helping children learn, develop and grow in a safe space.

sKids director Chris Bartels says, ‘Schools are increasingly seeking us out, not just because of the excellence of our programmes, but because increasing regulation and training requirements make it hard to operate after-school care on an informal basis. As a result, we are looking for new franchisees to join us throughout the country, with investment starting from advertiser info $45,000 +gst. We will find you a suitable site locally and Safe Kids in Daily Supervision provide full training.

One of those franchisees is Ingrid Godden, who operates four sites around Wellington. Ingrid joined sKids three years ago when, with 8 children under 16 in her blended family, she needed something that would allow her flexibility while still providing a good income.

‘You don’t need pre-school or teaching experience, so if you are passionate about kids and passionate about your community, give me a call.’

hen sKids franchisors Dawn Engelbrecht and Bev Parsons went up on stage to collect the Community Involvement Franchise System of the Year Award, there were tears. The sKids franchise has won many awards in the past but, says Bev, ‘This is the one that means most to us. Communities are what we are about.’

looking to the future ‘I was an Early Childhood teacher but I hadn’t worked for about nine years while having kids,’ Ingrid says. ‘Once I got re-married and we combined our households, I looked at my options and soon found sKids. I looked into other childcare providers as well, but sKids really aligned with my values – it has the best practices and procedures, and also has a good business model.’ With a focus on safety, education and a healthy serving of fun, sKids is constantly expanding its offer. ‘sKids is a very proactive franchise,’ says Ingrid. ‘We’re constantly looking to the future, with new programmes being developed and ongoing training from the franchisor team to keep us up to date with new ideas, not to mention compliance issues.’

an opportunity to

make a difference

in your local community Now is a great time to invest in a sKids franchise.

One such programme recognised in the Award is FoodStorm, which teaches kids food safety, basic cooking skills and simple recipes approved by the Heart Foundation. ‘We’re already running it in one class,’ Ingrid says, ‘and I’m very excited to start FoodStorm in all my schools next year. We’re teaching the children in our care important life skills, giving them confidence in the kitchen and they’re having a ton of fun in the process!’

New Zealand’s Out of School Care (OSCAR) industry is thriving and families need quality OSCAR programmes. We consider it a great privilege to support our families, schools and communities.

For Ingrid, the benefits of owning her own business are considerable. Apart from the flexibility she needed, the structure and support of a strong, reputable franchise has given her the confidence and ability to grow her initial investment from one site into four in just three years, with another planned for 2019. ‘When I first started, they asked me how many sites I would like to grow into. I said eight – as many as we have kids! ‘I’ve learned that by finding the right staff to manage things and looking after them as their employer, that goal is definitely achievable. We follow the same procedures in every site, so it’s easy for me to move between them and still be involved as an assistant. I enjoy spending time with the kids and leave the managing of day-to-day operations to my capable team, which gives me time to focus on the business side of things.’

Contact Chris Bartels P 0-9-576 6602 P 0800 SKIDSBIZ 0800 754 372

We are looking for local partners like you who have: • A passion for working with children! • Strong leadership • Superb organisational skills • Great communication skills

it’s about people

Does this sound like you and are you interested to know more?

Ingrid says, ‘My favourite thing about sKids is being around people – kids, their parents, the schools, my community, other franchisees and my staff. To succeed in this business you have to be passionate about people. You also need to be open to trying new things, because we are always evolving and sharing ideas amongst our network to help build better programmes and keep our young clients engaged and coming back.’

Please contact Chris Bartels on 021 974 221 or


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