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School Age Children

Extended Day Programs for Kindergarten (44 months to 68 months) and School Age (68 months to 12 years) Children 

Staff in extended day programs work closely in partnership with HWDSB staff to provide a consistent experience for children and their families Before and After School.

Before School Programs

Before school programs begin at 7:00 am. Parents are required to bring their children into the school building to assure their safe arrival into the program. Children remain in the program until the morning school bell rings.

A morning snack, consisting of items one might eat for breakfast (e.g. cereal with milk, muffins, toast) is offered. The menu is posted in the Parent Information Area in each program.

A variety of activities, designed to stimulate all areas of development, and based on the observed interests of children, is provided.  The weekly program plan is posted in the Parent Information Area.

After School Programs

After school programs begin as soon as school is dismissed in the afternoon. Parents are required to pick up their children by 6:00 pm.

An afternoon snack (e.g. fresh fruit, cheese and crackers, sandwiches, vegetables and dip, etc.) is offered. The menu is posted in the Parent Information Area in each centre.

A variety of activities that are of interest to school-age children (e.g. arts and crafts, games, puzzles, sport activities, music, etc.) are offered each afternoon, based on the observed interests of children. The weekly program plan is posted in the Parent Information Area.

Children participate in active outdoor activities each afternoon, so it is essential that children have appropriate clothing (e.g. running shoes, outer wear, etc.).  Our outdoor session is longer than a 15-minute recess period, so hat, gloves, sunscreen, etc. are a necessity!

Extra Curricular After School Activities 

From time to time, children in school-age programs may be involved in supervised activities organized by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board that occur either before or after school.  Permission to participate in such a program must be granted in advance by the child’s parents – not the childcare staff.  Please notify the Umbrella program, in writing, when your child will be participating in an extra-curricular activity. If a child needs to spend additional time in his/her school program (e.g. sports team, club, assisting a teacher, gaining additional help, etc.), the child must first report to the Umbrella staff to assure their safety.

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