Hi my name is Tania and I started Yikes. I call it "our story" because without a lot of dedicated people behind the scenes there would be no "My Story". But "My Story" with Yikes started when I was working in a local school environment and I would see children who had been at school all day, getting picked up by a local after school care agency. These kids would line up waiting with the carers to go to the programme. Not just as an educator but as a mother of four I was concerned and felt I would not want my kids being picked up by these staff whose demeanour suggested they had no real passion for what they were doing or perhaps they had not been trained properly.
I approached the principal about starting up an after school programme onsite with two motivations: 1] to solve my concerns around the standard of care, by providing a high standard of care and professionalism and
2] offering access to new technology as that was my field of expertise in primary aged education.
To be honest it was only going to be an extra arm of work to my existing role. I had no idea at the time of the demand and need in our community for after school care and holiday programmes. Parents are working longer hours with less holidays it would seem. We now live in an economic climate where two incomes are almost a necessity. Two other schools approached me about bringing our programme onto their school.
I now have a passion to develop after school programmes that are constantly at the leading edge of professional care combined with opportunities and a nurturing environment.
We want to see your child flourish and have opportunities put before them that develop their creativity or stretches their development.
I endeavour to find staff who carry the same vision and heart for your child that I do.
We would love to see your child join us after school and we can guarantee a happy child at the end of the day.
It is my belief that our children are our greatest investment
Director - Yikes
My husband Brett and I at Marahau (local) beach with our four children.