Here at Kapai Kidz® we’ve been running Out of School Care Programmes for 14 years and know what works when it comes to keeping kids happy, stimulated and keen to come back for more.

As a parent, I’m aware how important it is to know that your child is safe and enjoying themselves when you can’t be there.

We like to think of our place as a home away from home and our team as big brothers and sisters. We believe positive role models are essential for the growth of our young people. Each team member brings something special to Kapai Kidz® such as a passion for sport, art or drama. Something they all have in common is wanting to make kids smile and have a great time.

We are focussed on making sure your child feels included regardless of their abilities and personality.

Every child is encouraged to take part in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities. There’s something for everyone – Rippa Rugby, Frisbee challenges, a games table, art activities, dress-ups, themed days and much more. We constantly review and add activities to keep children interested and eager to participate.

Parents often ask if we provide time and space for homework so they don’t have to battle with their tired children to get it done. From Monday to Thursday we set aside time for homework with our staff on hand to assist.

As well as keeping the children safe and stimulated through play, we instil a respect for oneself, each other, our surroundings, the environment and other living creatures. While the main aim is to have fun, we model kindness and respect at Kapai Kidz® and expect the children to follow. Good, old-fashioned manners are at the forefront of our programmes.

Linda Robinson. Owner/Operator

Kapai Kidz® is the perfect business for me as I love children, my community and making a difference.

It all started in 2002 when my daughters were at Bellevue School. I responded to an ad in the school newsletter that immediately appealed. It was an opportunity to provide out of school care for local children. I have always wanted more children and Kapai Kidz® has given me a whole lot more! It has put my management experience and interests to good use.

25 years working in various management positions in the travel and tourism industry provided me with the skills to make sure the business runs smoothly and my interests have proved invaluable in designing programmes and interacting with the children. I enjoy most sports (supporting rather than playing), dance, music and am passionate about conservation and animal welfare.

I am of Cook Island Māori descent, born and bred in Wellington. I am married with 3 adult children.

I don’t regard my role at Kapai Kidz® as a job as the children make it joyful and keep me young. I really value my staff who put so much effort into their work and the children.

THE TEAM

Meet our fantastic team of carers

OLIVIA LEWIS

I joined the Kapai Kidz® team in 2014. My plan is to study primary school teaching so when I got offered this job, I was so excited and couldn’t wait to start. I love working with the children because they bring fun and laughter into my day. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, perhaps walking around the waterfront or going to the movies.

JADE MITCHELL

Kia Ora. I’m in Year 13 at Newlands College and have many interests including art and netball. After I leave school, I’d like to study nursing specialising in pediatrics, so working with children is a great experience and opportunity for me.

It’s special watching the children grow and develop their own interests. I’ve got an older sister with young children and that’s helped me gain the skills needed to work at Kapai Kidz®.

OLIVIA CORNWELL

I’m interested in sports and academics. I particularly like doing arts and crafts and playing sports with the kids. It brings a smile to my face to see them laughing and having fun.

ERUERA IVA-REEDY

I am a current Year 12 student at Newlands College. I have a variety of interests, including games, sports and art. Coming from a large family with a lot of young children, I am usually entertaining them with many activities, that I and the young ones enjoy.

CALEB RIKIHANA

I’m currently studying at Newlands College and have many interests. I like playing sports such as rugby, softball and basketball. I have a lot of extended family, which means I have experience with children and have the skills to entertain them. I am very friendly and outgoing, which children respond to.

DONNA JOSEPH

Hi! I’m Donna Joseph a Year 13 student at Newlands College. I was so excited to be offered a job at Kapai Kidz as I have a large extended family and love spending heaps of time playing and caring for my nephews and nieces. My goal for the future is to work with children so Kapai Kidz is a great start!

Child Team Leaders

There is a leader (child) assigned to each area of the school

The senior, middle and junior blocks. The leader’s task is to buddy our new children, remind their peers of rules and boundaries and generally be a role model.