26 September 2016

They bring to 14 the number of Sherpa Kids services across Ireland and shows the surge in popularity and demand in this relatively new and unique childcare provision that works in partnership with schools.


The new Sherpa Kids services in Cork are among eight new Sherpa Kids services across Ireland this school term and are located in Rochestown Educate Together and Ballygarvan N.S.


All four Cork franchises of Sherpa Kids are owned by Teresa and David Bebb from Kinsale, who opened two other Sherpa Kids franchises in Scoil Naomh Eltin, Kinsale and Carrigaline’s Educate Together last year.


Sherpa Kids offers an on-site, flexible affordable and high quality, before and after-school childcare service, in partnership with schools who themselves understand the logistical challenges and expense that working parents have to organise wrap-around care for their school-going children. The service is also available on a full day basis during most school closures and holidays to cater for this gap in childcare.


Teresa and David’s whose background is in finance and accountancy, came upon the idea of opening a Sherpa Kids franchise when Teresa was unable to return to work when she couldn’t find an affordable childcare option that would give her the work-life balance that she so desperately needed for her two young children.  They are now responsible for providing the ideal childcare solution for hundreds of working parents in Cork.


Dr. Alan Sheehan, of Rochestown Educate Together N.S is among the principals who are delighted to welcome Sherpa Kids to their school.

“Sherpa Kids offers an invaluable service to our families where our pupils are cared for in a safe and welcoming environment. The feedback from our families has been overwhelmingly positive and parents are very appreciative of the flexibility of care that Sherpa Kids provides. We are delighted to be partners with Sherpa Kids as they embrace the child-centred spirit of our school” 


Teresa Bebb thanked Rochestown Educate Together N.S and the other schools it partners with in Cork.


“We are delighted to be working with Rochestown Educate Together NS, opening our fourth school in the Cork area and we would like to thank the school, staff, parents and children for their support. Running Sherpa Kids Is only possible with the close collaboration of all our schools which we value so much. 

“We are continually touched by wonderful stories from parents and children with who have used Sherpa Kids, and is it rewarding to know that we are making a real difference to families.”


John Miles, CEO of Sherpa Kids said; “We opened our first Sherpa Kids in 2014 as we saw a real and serious gap in childcare and the barrier this placed on working parents. Our priority is ensuring we deliver the highest standard of care and service that helps children to develop their potential through educational and fun programmes that support the school and parents.


“We’re excited and very proud to be able to provide a childcare solution that benefits and supports children, schools and allows parents the flexibility and affordable solution that allows them to maintain employment and earn a living.”


Sherpa Kids provides a wide range of activities devised to weekly themes which include arts, crafts, music, drama, sports, baking, technology, and games – ensuring children are engaged and challenged while having fun and making new friends.


For parents who require an early start, Sherpa Kids open the school doors early to allow them to drop their children directly to school where breakfast and fun activities kick start the children’s day. The after school service then allows parents to collect their children directly from the school later in the evening at a time that suits them. Children will also get a tasty snack and have their homework supervised as part of the service.


For more information in relation to the Sherpa Kids schools, visit www.sherpakids.ie or call 087 7718664.