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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 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)
- A construction activity (lego, blocks, building straws, trio)
- A craft or hands on activity (play dough, painting, arts & crafts of all kinds)
- 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.
We also provide a healthy snack every day, which always includes 2 food groups and follows the Canadian Food Guide for serving sizes.
BC Affordable Child Care Benefit
We would also like to inform all HEOSC families know that our society has opted into the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative. Please take a look at the link on our Forms tab 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.”
Here at HEOSC our community is important to us. We are lucky to be a part of the strong Hillcrest community. We are hosting our 2019/20 Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, October 8. We would like to invite all families enrolled in an HEOSC program to come by at 5:30pm. Dinner for everyone and childminding will be provided. This will provide an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and discuss happenings at HEOSC. During the meeting we will be asking if anyone wants to step up and be part of our Board of Directors. Please keep reading for a breakdown of what being a director at HEOSC looks like.
Joining Our Board of Directors
We are a society and the Society Act requires that we have a Board of Directors. Directors are individuals who have children in either Out of School Care or Ready Set Grow Preschool who are elected/volunteer to make sure that the society is fulfilling its obligations, both moral and legal. The board of directors, together with senior staff are responsible for establishing policies and procedures that govern two principal areas: the provision of child care service and the general operation of the organization. The board helps to ensure that the program is running smoothly and decisions are being properly carried out. Basically, we rely on our community to volunteer a bit of time each month to help out HEOSC. The board of directors meets once a month, in the evening and dinner/childminding are provided. Again, we realize this could be tough with scheduling, but please give it a bit of thought. The families are what keep our program rolling. We really value your input!
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.
Ready Set Grow Preschool
HEOSC also offers a licensed preschool program called Ready Set Grow Preschool. Please click on the link above for further information.