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Connecting Through Kindness
Before & After School Care Room #15 Ready for fun to begin!
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away....
Believe it or not these are drums! They are called 'Beat Creatures' Music is the universal language!
Each month After School Care has a bulletin board contest. Children in each program work together to create a one of a kind display. The theme this month was All Around the World!
Ready Set Grow Preschool
Hillcrest Elementary Out of School Care (HEOSC) offers Before and After School Care for children enrolled at Hillcrest Elementary School. We also offer a preschool program for families in our community. Please see further information on our preschool, Ready Set Grow, on the link above. Both of our programs are licensed through Island Health Child Care Licensing. We are located within the school and we have access to many of the school facilities including the gymnasium, playground and a fabulous forested area.
Our program focuses on creating a safe, fun and friendly environment for all the children. We encourage the children to make friends and try new things.
A variety of activities are offered each day, including:
- A dramatic or creative play activity (dollhouse, cars, play kitchen, camping set, pet shop, etc.)
- A construction activity (lego, blocks, building straws, trio, etc.)
- A craft or hands on activity (play dough, painting, arts & crafts of all kinds, etc.)
- A physical activity (gym games, sports, free play outside)
- Board games and books
In addition to our usual daily activities, once a week we offer "Clubs". Clubs are not age-segregated. Instead the children choose their club based on their interests. Each month a new set of three clubs are offered, and the day on which clubs takes place rotates monthly. Previous popular clubs include Science Club, Art Club, Baking Club and Basketball Club.
(Clubs have been cancelled for this school year due to the global covid-19 pandemic)
We also provide a healthy snack every day, which always includes 2 food groups and follows the Canadian Food Guide. Popular snacks have included Chia Strawberry Smoothie Bowls, Vegetable Pasta Salad with Chickpeas, and Freshly made Tzatziki served with Naan and cucumber.
Part-time Out of School Care:
We offer part-time After School Care. Either two days/week or three days/week. Part time care is available under certain circumstances. If the After School Care program is not full come September, then HEOSC will accept part time registration. If another family requests full time care then the part time family will be given the opportunity to take a full time spot or give up their spot. The Board of Directors will review this on a case by case basis. Please speak to the manager for more information.
2020/21 Hillcrest Elementary Hours
Hillcrest Elementary School Hours will be 8:35am-2:40pm.
Before School will open at 7:15am and run until the school bell. Before School can be found in room #15 inside Hillcrest. Parents/guardians are welcome to drop their children off anytime within our hours of operation. Kindergarten children will be walked to their class each day at the school bell.
After School Care will open at the school bell and run until 5:30pm. Parents/guardians are welcome to pick up anytime within our hours of operation. Kindergarten children will be picked up from their class each day after school finishes.
(Due to the current global pandemic, parents and guardians are not allowed to enter the school. Pick up is done at our exterior entrance).
We run a full day 7:15am-5:30pm pro-d camp on all Hillcrest pro-d days. Camps are only open to families who already have a child enrolled in Out of School Care. Please visit our Services page for further details.
News and Upcoming Events
Summer Break 2021
Hillcrest Out of School Care & Ready Set Grow Preschool will be closed from Monday, June 28th - Monday August 30th. Email will be checked periodically throughout the summer break. If you have a child enrolled in preschool or out of school then you can expect to hear from us mid summer, and again when we return to the office late August, with information pertaining to start up.
We hope you and your family have a fun and safe summer!
2021/22 Out of School Care Registration
2021/22 Out of School Care is now a capacity. We are accepting names for our waitlist. Please send us an email to add your child to either the Before or After School Care waitlist.
Ready Set Grow Preschool
HEOSC also offers a licensed preschool program called Ready Set Grow Preschool. Please click on the link below for further information.
Registration- Ready Set Grow Preschool 2021/22
Registration for the 2021/22 school year is now open. We have space in our two day/week Tues and Thur program. All other registration options are currently full. Registration forms and Hours and Fees are available on the Forms page.
Email Brendon Zsidi, Program Manager, at [email protected] if you would like more information. Feel free to call too, 1-250-472-1530.
BC Affordable Child Care Benefit
We would also like to inform all HEOSC families that our society has opted into the Affordable Child Care Benefit (formerly Subsidy) and the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative. Please take a look at the links below for further information.
"The Ministry of Children and Family Development would like care providers to pass along the following message to families in our community. “Making child care more affordable is important for families and is important for the economy. In striving to do this, we cannot ignore the critical role that child care providers play in offering quality programs and services. It is this recognition that is challenging government to go further, recognizing that affordable, accessible child care is dependant on strong capital and operational support for providers, as well as attracting and retaining talent in the section.”