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Kindergarten & Out of School Care 5 - 12 year olds

Kindergarten and Before and After School Care Surrey BC

The Kindergarten & Out of School Care program offers year round, before and after school  care.

Our school aged program operates 5 days per week, Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with transportation to and from school. Care is available year round, including Pro D Days.

Meal and Snack Time

  • Included in monthly fees and follow a rotation schedule
  • Sometimes served by the children
  • Provide regular opportunities for children to be the “Special Helper” at meal times
  • A time to develop various skills through serving one another, social contact, encouraging table manners and the responsibility of clean up
  • After school snack is provided daily

If parents would like to contribute a special snack for their child’s birthday and/or a special holiday, we jut ask that they please let the staff know so arrangements can be made.

Arts & Crafts

  • Art materials are available daily
  • Structured arts and craft projects are introduced on a regular basis

Kindergarten & OS Transportation

  • Provided to Serpentine Heights, Frost Road, Surrey Christian and Walnut Road Elementary Schools

Special Events Include

  • Seasonal parties
  • Special family Christmas celebration
  • Summer Daycamp

Professional Development Days

  • A full-day structured program is offered on Pro-D Days
  • Additional fee of $30 is required per day
  • Hot lunch and 2 snacks are included in fee

Christmas, Spring and Summer Breaks

  • Fees increase to full time daycare rates
  • The Centre’s Director can provide more information regarding the application of these fees

Summer Daycare Program

  • Features a special summer menu
  • Outside activities which take maximum advantage of the outdoors
  • Regular field trips

Our Centre is open 5 days per week, Monday to Friday from 7:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Our schedule for a typical day is:

    A.M.

  • 7:00 – Arrival/Free play/Groups/Games
  • 8:10 – Clean Up and Prepare to leave for school
  • 8:15 – Depart for school
  • 8:15-2:30 – Children are at school
    P.M.

  • 2:15 – School transportation program begins
  • 3:00 – Wash hands and prepare for snack
  • 3:30 – Quiet Time: Reading or Homework
  • 4:00 – Group Activities/Crafts/Free Play
  • 4:30 – Outside Play/Free Play/Clubs/Various Activities
  • 5:00 – Group Games

Arrival Time

Parents are asked to ensure that school-aged children arrive at the Centre before 8:10 a.m. each day, in order for us to operate our programs in the most effective manner possible.  As well, if children bring their breakfast to the Centre, they need to finish eating by 8:00 a.m., or have eaten beforehand.

School Departure & Pick-up

We prepare for school departure at 8:10 a.m. and provide transportation for more than 45 children during the day.  It is therefore essential that we are accurate in our transportation arrangements.  Parents assist us with this in several ways and are asked to: Arrive with sufficient time for their child to properly prepare for school departure (if a child is not present by 8:10 a.m. we will assume he/she is not attending). Call the Centre if their child will not attend in the morning but will require after school pickup. Call the Centre if there are any changes in the typical transportation arrangements which we have established for their child. If a last minute change in plans occurs and a parent plans to pick up their child at school, we request that the parent calls the Centre or ensures the staff member at the school is informed before leaving the school with their child(ren). If a child does not come one morning (and he/she regularly attends in the morning) we will assume he/she is absent for the day unless parents call and confirm otherwise.

Clothing

While at the Centre, we sometimes engage in active and messy play activities. We ask that children be dressed in play clothes that are both comfortable and functional so they can enjoy all activities. Outdoor play is considered to be a vital part of a child’s well-being and education. Therefore, children should come prepared for outdoor play year round. This means boots, warm coat, mittens, hat, scarf, etc. in winter and cooler weather; boots and rain gear in wet weather; sun screen and sunhats in warm weather. Parents are asked to provide a bag containing a change of clothes. This can be kept at the Centre on an ongoing basis.

Discipline

Methods of discipline involve modeling appropriate and acceptable behaviours to the children. Limits are set to ensure the safety of all children. These limits are clearly defined and consistently maintained by the staff. Staff will mediate with children in conflict, encouraging them to discuss their feelings and to solve their problems together. A formal discipline statement is included with registration forms.

Power Failure/Water Storage

The Centre will be closed in the event of an extended power failure, water shortage or other circumstance beyond our control which limits our ability to operate safely. If the power is off prior to 7:00 a.m., we will not open until it is restored.

Transportation Restriction

In the case of severe weather conditions it may be necessary for us to restrict transportation to and from school to ensure the maximum safety for a child/children.  In such cases school-aged care will be provided at the Centre.

Sign In / Out Procedures

Parents are required to bring their children in to the Centre, sign the daybook, and fill in pertinent information. Parents are also asked to ensure that their child is ready to begin the day. At the end of the day, parents are required to sign their child out. This is a security measure designed to assist in providing the maximum elements of safety for your child/children. It is also a requirement of our licensing body. By law, children can only be released to a responsible adult (19 years) and only to those listed on the registration form. Please do not send an older sibling in for a child. If another adult is to pick up a child, notification should be in writing. In case of emergency a phone call will be accepted.

Health

In order to provide a healthy environment for all children, we ask that parents don’t bring their child to Preschool if he/she is ill with any of the following conditions: chills, coughing, runny nose, earache, fever, headache, sore throat, stomachache, nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes, communicable diseases. If a child does become ill or unduly upset while in our Preschool, we will contact the parents or the emergency person on their registration forms so that the child may be taken home. At the Centre we are peanut free. We encourage parents not to send snacks for special occasions that contain peanuts. We diligently check for allergies and need parental assistance to ensure that we are informed about any concern there may be regarding a child.

Medications

Medications to be administered by staff are restricted to those where dosage is prescribed and clearly indicated on the container. Permission forms will need to be signed in such cases.

Electronic Games

Are not a part of our program.

Helping Hands Children’s Centre is a licensed facility which has been in operation at this location since 1991. At our previous facility, we offered Preschool which began in 1984. Teaching staff are trained in the area of Early Childhood Education and hold valid First Aid Certificates. Their range of experience spans 30 years to current college enrollment.

Staff

    Director: Lorna Bartram Assistant Director: Vernita Wood OS Supervisor: Mariana Medina OS Teachers: Monica Wood and Nhien Pham

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    Registration

    An administrative fee of $75.00 is payable upon registration of your child at the Centre.

    Monthly Rates

    • Full-time: $512.00 per month
    • 3 days per week: $311.00 per month
    • 2 days per week: $208.00 per month

    Two Payment Methods

    • Post-Dated Cheques are required on a six month cycle, dated for the first day of each month and should be made payable to “Helping Hands Children’s Centre.”
    • Pre-Authorized Debit – forms are available with your registration package.

    Monthly fees must be paid in full regardless of holidays and vacation time. Please note: fees are based on the rates in effect at the time of enrollment (which may differ from the posted rates at the time of inquiry). The Children’s Centre reserves the right to change fees without notice although we attempt to keep increases to a minimum and to adjust, if necessary, on a regular pattern. Please inquire for further details.

    A one month notice is required for withdrawal.

     

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