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Club Engage is seeking to work with local like-minded business partners who have a passion for child-care combined with strong business acumen. Do you love working with people and making a difference in your community? Are you passionate and energy filled? Does running your own business excite you? But you are looking for the support that a franchise network provides as you work for yourself but not by yourself

We have the collective knowledge that comes from our experience as South Africa's largest provide of out of school hours care solutions as well as our international play-based association memberships.  As leading child-care providers we retain a personal touch by employing, community focused team members. Our impressive history has been underpinned by a high level of knowledge, integrity and expertise that professionalises our brand, our systems and most importantly, our people.

We create and deliver customised services via a fun, structured and engaging programme. Our model will allow you to focus on a target market within a localise territory of 3500 enrolled pupils which could translate to around 8 -10 schools/venues. 

We hope the information on this page helps you make an informed decision that could be a life changing experience.

Genevieve Allen

Managing Director, Club Engage

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Club Engage | Genevieve Allen | Managing Director

The facts about the childcare market

There is a market demand nationally

  • Massive growth industry for South Africa
  • You have the potential to become a multi-unit franchisee
  • Grow your programme in a number of schools - we are not looking for you to operate in one school but several
benefits to joining club engage
  • Your role is to recruit and manage your staff
  • Develop the relationship with the school community
  • Grow the business as the demand of your services increases with enrollments
  • We see our business as a management franchise that provides services to the childcare industry
  • Receive on-going Head Office support and access to our “best in market” parent booking, site finance and staff training systems
  • National marketing support provided to you – reducing your cost of acquisition
  • Schools contact us – looking for site operators with a passion for childcare and client service

01 Financial

A Club Engage franchise has a low cost entry. There are no expensive and high long term retail rents – in some cases no lease fees paid at all. The business has a proven model and provides a solid return on investment. Lastly, it is recession proof.

02 Operational Onsite

We have designed highly structured programmes ready for your engagement that meet and exceed national guidelines. Each day there are set programmes Before Care, Aftercare and Holiday Care programmes You work within the local community as you work within school grounds – operating onsite at the school provides familiarity for parents and children.

03 Business Operations

Business mentoring is provided from head office when and where its needed. We will assist you with your business planning and there is a suite of operations available online 24/7 including: HR, Marketing, Administration, Business Operations, Finance, Onsite Policies and Procedures.

04 Lifestyle

We will assist you to transition smoothly from your current role into your new Club Engage business, and we run and encourage you to be involved in local and international Professional Development events.

05 Support

You won't be doing this alone, you will be supported by a highly skilled and trained franchise team. We offer ongoing business support and opportunities to up-skill and build a strong, financially secure business. Our team assist you to develop your marketing plan and we build a strong networking base with other business owners.

06 Administration

We operate online platforms for business administration and use on a day-to-day basis specialist childcare management software.

from our franchisees!

Tell us a bit about you as a person?

Mother of 2 beautiful boys who are the epicenter of my world. I’ve enjoyed an exciting and fulfilling career in the corporate world but have changed gears so as to allow me more time with them. I hold a BCom in Business Management and a Postgraduate in Communication. A lifelong learner who believes in staying relevant in an ever-changing and more complex landscape.

What led you into the world of franchising?

My milestone of my 40th birthday was a target to live an enriched life by being in control of my time and the outcome of the things that I did with my time. I wanted to own my own business but wanted guidance, support and a framework of policies and procedures. The obvious choice was a franchised business.

What first attracted you to the Club Engage franchise?

I knew that I wanted to do something in the child-care industry. After many “expeditions” I settled on pursuing the Club Engage Franchise because it resonated with my value system but I also felt I could add value in this particular space.

What have been some of your highlights as a Club Engage franchisee?

• Meeting like-minded individuals within the network.

• Exposure to a completely different environment from what I was typically used to.

• Adding value to every child’s life by providing a service that is impactful


What makes Club Engage different to the other after-school and holiday care programmes out there?

• The planned activities specifically the play- based model.

• The ratio of staff to children


What gives you the greatest joy in your role?

• Having parents compliment a well-run service.

• When the kids don’t want to leave because they’re having such a fun time.

• Seeing children return

Please let me know about some of the personality traits and skills that you think make an ideal Sherpa Kids franchisee?

• Resilience.

• Networking.

• Organisational skills.

What are your top three pieces of advice for anyone wanting to open a franchise?

Do your homework intensively, meet other franchisees and spend time in their businesses and interrogate critically if you are a fit or not.


What are your top three pieces of advice for anyone wanting to open a franchise?

Research the company well and if possible, speak to other franchisees.

Does your personality fit the role, working with children and parents? Are you a people-person or prefer behind the scene kind of role? This is a mix of both.

Don’t expect success overnight. It’s takes a lot of time, building and sacrifices


ELISHA CHETTY | Centre Director
Are you ready to make a difference in your local communities. Contact the team @ Club Engage to find out more!

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