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PA Day/School Break Child Care

For children aged 3.6 years to 12 years

Full day programs at select locations for Kindergarten and School Age children on non-instructional school days (e.g. PA Days, Winter Break, March Break, Summer Break).

Hours: 7am until 6pm on school break days

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Locations Across Hamilton

We operate full day early learning and child care centres for infant, toddler and preschool children, as well as before and after school programs for kindergarten and school age children. All Umbrella programs are located within Hamilton Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) facilities.

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Engaging programs during school breaks

Full day programs for Kindergarten and School Aged children during non-instructional school days offer a variety of experiences that are based on the children’s interests, curiosities, and developing skills. Educators plan daily programming alongside the children based on observations and by engaging with them to learn how best to plan opportunities to meet their needs and interests. These programs may offer field trips or special events depending upon the length of the school break.

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We have really enjoyed the staff. All the staff are professional and caring. I especially like how they follow the students' interests. It is a child-centred program and we love that. The communication is fantastic.

Parent - Umbrella Winona

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.

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Request PA Day Care for the 2022/23 school year

Our online portal is open for requests for PA Day Care. PA Day Programs are offered in select schools.  If PA Care is not available in your child’s school, the online portal will offer you a choice of locations where care is available. Children are placed for optional programs on a first-come, first-served basis.

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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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What is the process for registration?

The first step is to visit our online portal and enter your care request (program, start date, etc.)

Once your request is received, staff will get back to you regarding availability and next steps. (This process also is how you are added to our waitlist.)

When a child care space in our programs is offered and accepted, families must complete the full registration package (provided by the centre) and pay a non-refundable administrative fee, of $50.00 per child.

A date will be set up for a play visit. During the visit, educators will have an opportunity to observe your child interacting with others and provide you with information to determine the level of support the child may require in adjusting to the program.

After the child has been attending for six weeks, an opportunity will be provided for the Supervisor, staff member(s) and parents/guardians to discuss the child’s adjustment to the program. This provides both parties with an opportunity to ask questions, share information and ideas, and determine whether the centre is able to meet the child and his/her family’s needs.

When all spaces in Umbrella Family and Child Centres (UFCC) are full, UFCC is committed to maintaining a wait list that ensures respect for each family and maintains their confidentiality. This is done in a fair, equitable and transparent manner. Parents may request information as to their child’s position on the wait list at any time from the site’s Supervisor.

In accordance with the Collective Agreement between UFCC and CUPE Local 3491, priority is given to employees’ children on the wait list. Whenever possible, priority is also given to siblings of children already registered in a UFCC program or to children transferring from one UFCC program to another.

UFCC does not request or require a fee or deposit from families for placement on the wait list.

Do I have to pay for vacation and statutory holidays?

Please refer to our fee policies. If you have any further questions on these policies, please speak to your centre Supervisor regarding our policy on payment during these periods.

Do you offer care during PA Days, March Break, Winter Break and on PA Days?

Yes. We run full day programs for Kindergarten and School Age children during school breaks (e.g. PA Days, Winter Break, March Break, and Summer Break). These are optional programming days and care must be requested each year.

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Umbrella Family and Child Centres of Hamilton - Serving Hamlton for over 30 years

1550 Upper James St Unit # 302
Hamilton, Ontario L9B 2L

(905) 312-9836

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