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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. Both of our programs are licensed through Island Health Child Care Licensing. We are located within the school and have access to many of the school facilities including the gymnasium, playground, and a fabulous forested area. Our programs focus on creating a safe, fun, and friendly environment for all the children. We encourage the children to make friends and try new things.

News and Upcoming Events

2024/25 Registration

Ready Set Grow Preschool registration is now open. If you are interested, please fill out our registration form on the Forms page and submit it in-person or by emailing heoscmanager@gmail.com.

If you are registering for Ready Set Grow Preschool, please considering filling out the survey below. We are seeking to assess interest in our preschool and the upcoming daycare services.

Out of School Care registration for all families is now open with limited availability. Completed registration packages are to be submitted by EMAIL ONLY to ensure your number in the cue. If you are interested, please fill out our registration form on the Forms page and submit it by emailing heoscmanager@gmail.com.

HEOSC Daycare

 

Due to unforseen circumstances, the opening of our new Daycare program has been postponed. The official date of opening is unknown at the moment, however we hope to open in September 2024. We have no further information about the Daycare program at this time.

2023/24 Out of School Care


Out of School Care is now FULL. Please email heoscmanager@gmail.com for waitlist information.

2023/24 Ready Set Grow Preschool

Registration for the 2023/24 school year is open with limited availability. Please email heoscmanager@gmail.com for further information. 

Illness

There are lots of illnesses circling the school, and they will continue to do so throughout the fall and winter months. 

Here's what to do if your child has a cold:

  • Wash your child's hands and your own hands after you wipe your child's nose. Wash your hands often and always before preparing or eating food.

  • Make sure your child gets plenty of rest and lots of fluids to drink.

  • Do not give over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to a child under 3 years of age, unless your doctor tells you to.

  • Use saline nose drops (a weak salt water solution) to soften the mucus in the nose and help your child breathe better. Do not use nose drops that contain drugs. Use a bulb or syringe to clear mucus from the nose.

  • For more information, visit https://sneezesdiseases.com/common-cold and/or download the fact sheet below.

Pro-D Camp


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. 

2023/24 HEOSC Hours 

HEOSC Hours are 7:15am - 8:45am, and 2:37pm - 5:30pm

 

Elementary School Hours are 8:45am - 2:37pm

 

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

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 begin 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. 

2024/2025 Calendar

Tuesday, September 3
First Day for Gr. 1-5
Monday, September 23
Hillcrest Pro D Day
Monday, September 30
Closed – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Monday, October 14
Closed – Thanksgiving
Friday, October 25
Hillcrest Pro D Day
Monday, November 11
Closed – Remembrance Day
Monday, November 22
Hillcrest Pro D Day
Friday, December 20
Last Day Before Winter Break
December 23 - January 3
Closed – Winter Vacation
Monday January 6
School Reopens
Friday, February 14
Hillcrest Pro D Day
Monday, February 17
Closed – Family Day
Friday, March 14
Last Day Before Spring Break
March 17 - March 28
Closed – Spring Break
Monday, March 31
School Reopens
Friday, April 18
Closed – Good Friday
Monday, April 21
Closed – Easter Monday
Friday, May 16
Hillcrest Pro D Day
Monday, May 19
Closed – Victoria Day
Friday, June 27
Last Day of School

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. 

 

Affordable Child Care Benefit Website

Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative 

 

"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.” 

For more information about the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative, download this letter from the Ministry of Education and Child Care:

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