Kids After School was started in 1998 by a parent who had a child at Pukekohe Hill School. She saw a need in the community for an after school programme. Parents were not happy with some of the options available, so she decided to set one up to meet their needs.
Carolyn Payne bought the business in 2005. At that point she was working for a forklift company and wanted a change. She had also been involved with Kids After School doing the accounts.
Having already raised one son (her oldest is now in his 20s) a toddler and pregnant with her youngest, Carolyn knew she could do the job. “I’m organised and good with kids,” she told herself at the time. “I knew I could do it and got really excited about it.”
Since then the business has grown and developed. New programmes were opened at Bombay School in 2006, Patumahoe School in 2007, Harrisville School in 2009, View Road School in 2011 (moved to Waiuku Primary in 2014), Karaka School in 2018 and Pokeno School in 2020.
Kids After School is a really popular choice for parents with children at schools in the Franklin area. Find out why.