Umbrella child care programs are located within James MacDonald 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 6 pm
City Subsidy Accepted
Our before and after school programs at Umbrella James MacDonald 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.
We have been enrolled with Umbrella for 5+ years. It has been a great experience for my kids and for us as parents. We are very fortunate to have such quality programming right in our own school, close to home.
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.
The children were engaged in using their skills and creativity to create and decorate wands. There was a lot of joy and laughter as they were working together as a team. They noticed that the wands all looked different and unique! They all enjoyed this activity and are planning to come up with new ways to decorate them.
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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