Out of School Care FAQ’s
What schools do you serve?
We currently have 3 OSC locations (Blackmud, Lewis Farms and Savaryn) and serve 6 different schools. The list below shows the schools for which we plan to provide service for the 2023/2024 school year:
- Monsignor Fee Otterson (Blackmud)
- Roberta MacAdams (Blackmud)
- Jan Reimer (Savaryn)
- Divine Mercy – (Savaryn)
- Bishop David Motiuk (Lewis Farms)
- Winterburn (Lewis Farms)
We can provide Kindergarten Care for children attending other schools, provided that parents arrange for transportation (other than yellow school bus).
Do you provide transportation?
Transportation is provided by yellow school bus for the six schools listed above. Parents must apply for yellow bus service through their school.
We offer KinderCare to children attending other schools, provided that parents arrange for transportation between our Centre and your child’s school. Due to the significant time and required to wait for school buses, we do not meet school busses for schools other than the schools listed above.
Where are you located and what type of facility do you have?
- Blackmud: We rent space at Ellerslie Road Baptist Church (10603 Ellerslie Rd SW). Here we have access to spacious light-filled classrooms, a huge Gym and lots of outdoor space. Schools served: Monsignor Fee Otterson and Roberta MacAdams schools. Types of Care: Out of School Care only
- Savaryn: We rent space at Central Baptist Church (4357 Savaryn Drive SW). Here we have large, bright classrooms and lots of outdoor space to explore. Schools served: Jan Reimer and Divine Mercy schools. Types of Care: Out of School Care and Daycare for children 3 years and over.
- Lewis Farms: We rent space at West Meadows Baptist Church (9333-199 Street NW). Schools served: Winterburn and Bishop David Motiuk. Types of Care: Out of School Care and Daycare for children starting at 11 months. Come and see our bright classrooms, Atrium and expansive outdoor space!
What are your fees and what do these fees include?
Rates for the 23/24 school year are below and are subject to a 3% increase in January 2024. Our Kindergarten rates include the affordability grant. All fees may be lower if you qualify for subsidy.
- Before & After Elementary School Care: $650/month @ Blackmud & Savaryn
$700/month @ Lewis Farms
$529/month for Public Schools listed above
$683/month for Catholic Schools listed above and any other school
- Summer fees are higher as full-day care is provided.
The school year fees are from the first day of the school to the last day of school, early dismissal Thursdays for Catholic students and full day care on PD Days, Teacher’s Convention and Spring Break.
We are closed on statutory holidays, as well as December 24th and 31st, one PD day per year. We will also close up to 8 times per year at 3pm for a staff meeting and professional development.
Do you provide lunch for Kindergarten students?
We offer lunch service at our Savaryn and Lewis Farms locations but not our Blackmud location.
All lunches are nut-free. Parents may send hot food in a thermos as microwaves are not in our classrooms.
Children registered in morning kindergarten eat their lunch upon arrival at our centre, and children who attend afternoon kindergarten eat their lunch at our centre before leaving for school.
Do you offer part time care?
We do not provide a discounted rate for families wanting to attend part-time, nor do we offer drop-in care.
What hours are you open?
We are open from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM at each of our centres, closing early at 3 PM 8 times per year for staff meetings and professional development.
What is the ratio of Educators to children?
All childcare Centres in Alberta are required to follow the Educator to Child ratios of one Educator for up to 15 Kindergarten or Elementary students.
What types of credentials do your Educators have?
Like all childcare Centres in Alberta, all of our Educators have their provincial childcare certification, a criminal record check and child welfare check. In addition, at least 1 in 2 Educators have current first aid certificates.
What we believe sets our Educators apart is that as a small, local business we hand-pick and carefully select our Educators based on their skills, passion and demonstrated love for their profession. Many of our Educators have been with us for more than 5 years and most Educators join us as a result of being recommended by a currently employed Educator. Additionally as many of our OSC educators are University students, we are helping to give valuable experience to future professionals!
We are a tight-knit, harmonious community that cares for and supports each other well. We believe that this translates positively into the warmth and love we express to the children entrusted to our care.
What is the attendance policy when my child is ill? What are your COVID policies?
All Alberta childcare programs are mandated by AHS that sick children are to be sent home from the program and need to be symptom-free for 24 hours before they are eligible to return to group care.
We follow all AHS COVID guidelines to ensure that all children and Educators are our Centres are as safe and healthy as possible.
When does registration open?
Registration will open in the spring, once available spots are determined. If you would like to join the interest list, we invite you to complete the Join a Centre form. Families on the interest list will be contacted and spots offered based on a family’s desired start date. The most likely time to receive an OSC spot is for a July start date.
Do you offer programming in the summer?
Yes, our program operates year-round. Details about our 2023 summer programming will be available mid-March at yegsummercamp.ca
How are payments made? Do you accept subsidy?
We accept payment via pre-authorized withdrawal on the 1st of the month. We do accept subsidy. Details on how to apply for subsidy can be found here.
What is the next step?
Join the Interest List!
Complete the Join a Centre form. Available spots will be offered based on a family’s desired start date. To confirm a spot, the family pays the $250 Registration Fee and a $500 deposit that will be applied to the last month’s fee. These fees are non-refundable and guarantee your OSC spot for the upcoming school year.