Umbrella child care programs are located within Balaclava Elementary School
Offering families affordable, inclusive, and nurturing environments where children explore, learn, and grow, realizing their full potential.
Before & After School Care
Nutritious Snacks Provided
Drop off as early as 7AM, pick-up as late as 6PM
PA Day and School Break Programs available at select locations
City Subsidy Accepted
Our programs at Umbrella Balaclava provide a variety of experiences for children based on their interests, inquiries, and developing skills.
Educators use the Ministry of Education document “How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years” as a guide in supporting developmentally appropriate practice. Programs are centred around four foundations for optimal learning and healthy development: Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement, and Expression.
My child thoroughly enjoys before and after school care. He likes being with the students from his class and with peers from his school. The time to play, create, design, and build after school is a highlight of his day.
Parent - Umbrella Balaclava
We use Storypark to involve you in your child’s learning journey.
The Storypark app allows educators to communicate with individual families, send messages to groups and share information about children’s daily routines. Most importantly, they can share stories highlighting the incredible play-based learning experiences that children engage in throughout the day.
A paper plate production
One of the children saw the paper plates and popsicle sticks as the perfect materials to make puppets to represent himself and his brother. Then, without rehearsal, they put on an impromptu puppet show. The rest of the group sat and enjoyed the show. Later, the boys told their educator that the puppet show was based on real-life events, like watering their plants after school.
How can I enroll my child?
The first step is to visit our online portal and enter your care request. The portal will show you the locations that are closest to your address for the program/age you need for your child.
Subsidy accepted here :)
Families can apply for Child Care Fee Subsidy through the City of Hamilton, which helps with the cost of licensed child care. Families may continue to be responsible for a daily fee, but the amount is based on the individual circumstances of the family.
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