The Kindergarten and School Age Programs offer before and after school care (and full day care on school holidays) for children attending Kindergarten through Grade 6. Children between the ages of 4 and 12 years as of December 31st are eligible. Children attending Kindergarten in the school where the child care program is located will be given priority for spaces within the child care program.
Hours - The programs operate between 7:00 a.m. to the start of yard supervision and from school dismissal to 5:45 p.m. Care is also available between 7:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. daily during March break, summer holidays, Christmas holidays and PD days that fall within the Ottawa Catholic School Board calendar. (See sample daily schedule below.)
A minimum registration of 2 consistent days per week is required for all children. Please note that morning and afternoon programs are treated separately. For example a child can be registered for Monday and Friday mornings only, or Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons only, but must be registered for those mornings or afternoons every week consistently.
Staff/child ratio - 1:13 (Kindergarten); 1:15 (School Age)
Cost (school days) - $12.00 / morning or afternoon (Kindergarten)
Our programs provide a nurturing, stimulating and child centered environment where the children can safely learn through play. Educators base the curriculum on the children’s interests. They use the Early Learning for Every Child Today (ELECT) framework, and the document How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years, as a guideline. The program focuses on the developmental domains which include physical, social, emotional, communication/language and cognitive development.
Our program also uses Conscious Discipline®, a positive, social, emotional program that empowers adults who are working with children to consciously respond to daily conflict, transforming it into an opportunity to teach critical life skills to children.
Activity Time - The children have the opportunity to explore and engage in their environments based on their interests and skills. The program plans are created by their educators based on observations, interests and input provided by the children.
Snack - The children have the opportunity to enjoy a healthy morning and afternoon snack at which they can have time to chat, unwind and relax with their peers.
School Family Meeting Time - The children gather together to foster a sense of family and community. School Family Meetings provide the children an opportunity to share experiences from their day and celebrations happening in their lives. The educators use the meeting time to get to know each child, respond to their needs and adapt the program to fit their needs.
Physical Activity Time - The children play in the school yard or, if the weather is uncooperative, play inside. Organized sports, group games and other types of physical activities are part of the programming. Physical activity time gives the children’s bodies what they need, as well as providing them with the opportunity to develop social skills such as teambuilding.
Quiet Activities/Homework Time - This time allows the children to complete homework, or to participate in a variety of quiet activities, such as leisure reading, puzzles, quiet games or individual activities.
Kindergarten and School Age Program Sample Schedule**These times will vary depending on school start and end times
Sample Morning Schedule*
7:00 - Welcome, morning snack
7:15 - Activity Time- Indoors
8:00 - School Family Meeting Time
8:30 - Physical Activity Time- Outdoors
9:00 - Off to School Time
Sample Afternoon Schedule*
3:00 - Welcome/ Attendance & School Family Meeting Time
3:15 - Afternoon Snack
3:30 - Activity Time- Indoors/Outdoors (groups may rotate)
5:00 - Quiet Activities/Homework Time
5:45 - Program Closes
Kindergarten and School Age program locations
Our centres are located at schools operated by the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Click the centre's name below for more information on centres with Kindergarten and School Age programs.
Programs in Kanata & Stittsville:
Programs in Nepean & Ottawa:
Programs in Gloucester, Cumberland & Orleans: