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SCHOOL-AGE

Choices are key to developing the young inquisitive mind. School-age children benefit fully from the boundless activities provided in the program through “Shift Change”. “Shift Change” allow our school-age children to switch activities every half hour to another activity of their choosing, giving them the opportunity to exercise initiative and independence.

Everyday after snack, the Activity Centre is bursting with children’s enthusiasm as they plan ahead. Children indicate their choice by placing their Name Button under one of four areas on the Activity Board:
• Picasso – art, science, sensory & cooking
• Shakespeare – drama & music
• Construction/Games – building & cooperative games
• Sports – individual and team sports & games
A mandatory ½ hour outdoor play is required of all children.

This decision making process requires the child to organize, coordinate and negotiate with their peers and, with the staff’s guidance, learn self-regulating skills. It teaches them how to be fair and how to manage their time well, all within the constraint of ½ hour “shifts”. They have the choice to play independently or in groups, where they work at building their self-confidence and learn to appreciate each other’s contributions.

How does learning happen? By allowing the children to pursue their interests and passions in the different Activity Areas. Children’s input is encouraged. Their ideas and interests, in conjunction with staff observation of the children, form the basis of the Weekly Program Plan. In planning these activities Staff will set developmental goals (social, emotional, cognitive, physical and language) in the Weekly Plan.

SCHOOL-AGE   Schedule & Fees

 

Program Choices

The School Age Program runs everyday, Monday to Friday, during the hours indicated above.  There are no part-week options offered for this program.
Staff will walk children to/from John English School and St. Leo's School only.  Any other arrangements (e.g. request for a child to be bussed to/from the Centre) should be discussed with the Centre Supervisor.
Please note that there is a slight difference in program time depending on the school that your child attends. If your child attends St. Leo's Catholic School, you have 3 options to choose from:
  •    1.   Before-School only - 7:00 am to 9:00 am
  •    2.   After-School only - 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm
  •    3.   Before-&-After School - 7:00 am to 9:00 am AND 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm
If your child attends John English JMS, your 3 options are:
  •    1.   Before-School only - 7:00 am to 8:45 am
  •    2.   After-School only - 3:10 pm to 6:00 pm
  •    3.   Before- &- After School - 7:00 am to 8:45 am AND 3:10 pm to 6:00 pm
During PA Days, Winter Break or March Break you have the option to sign your child up for extended care.  An additional daily fee may apply.

Deposit & Fee Payments

A non-refundable deposit, equivalent to two week's fee, must be paid at the time of registration to reserve a space in the program.   This deposit will be credited towards the first two weeks of care.
Fees are payable in advance, on the first Monday of each 2-week or 4-week period.  A supply of post-dated cheques is required.  You will be informed of these dates.

Other Charges

The centre closes at 6:00 pm.  There is an after hour charge of $1.00 for each additional minute past 6:00 pm.  After hour fees are to be paid to the staff on duty when the child is picked up.


SCHOOL-AGE   Terms & Conditions

Absent Days

There is no substitution for days missed.  You will be billed for the days that your child is absent.

Statutory Holidays

There is no reduction in fee when the centre is closed for the following holidays;

Thanksgiving, Christmas and Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, and Victoria Day

P.A. Days, Winter Break and March Break

Extended care during these days is included in the fee for children enrolled in the Before-&-After-School sessions. For all others, an additional fee for extended care will be charged as per the Centre's Fee Memo.  Space must be reserved and cancellations will not be accepted after the specified deadline for reservation.
Lunch is not included.  Children must bring their own packed lunch that meets the Canada Food Guide.
NOTE:   Children not needing extended care will be billed for the regular time slots in which they are enrolled.

Emergency Closures

Rec Room Childcare operates out of a TDSB facility.   Occasionally, when schools close due to an unforeseen event such as a snow storm or a strike, Rec Room will also be closed.  Please note that regular fees will still apply to all programs.

Late Payment and Service Charges

A late payment fee of $2.00 a day will be charged on balances owing for more than one week.  A two-week notice of termination in childcare service is also considered given at this time.  Your child will be withdrawn at the end of this period if all outstanding fees are not paid.
A service fee of $25.00 will be charged for NSF cheques.  After two NSF cheques, payment is required in cash, money order or certified cheque.

Making Changes To Your Child's Program

A written notice is required at least 2 weeks in advance if you intend to make changes to your child's current program.  Changes are subject to space availability.

Withdrawal Notices

If you intend to withdraw your child a written notice must be submitted at least two weeks in advance.  Failing which, two week's fee will be charged. 


DAILY ROUTINE


7:00 A.M.- CENTRE OPENS

Before-school hours

• Morning snack offered until 8:30 a.m.
• Play: children have access to different activity areas in the classroom and the gym


8:30 A.M

• Tidy up and prepare for school
• Leave for school


During school hours
8:45 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

• Children are at school
• On P.A. Days, Winter & March Break, extra activities are planned.
• Daily schedule and program will be posted for these days.
• School age children must bring their own packed lunch labeled with their name.


After-school hours
3:10 P.M.

• Pick up children from school
• Take attendance & serve snacks
• Children select activities


4:00 P.M

• Children engage in chosen activities in 30 minute rotations


5:30 P.M.

Tidy up and quiet play


6:00 P.M. - CENTRE CLOSES


SCHOOL-AGE   Snack Menu

Snack is prepared at the Centre and rotates on a 2-week cycle.  Fresh fruits and vegetables used will vary according to the season.

SA MENU

ACTIVITY AREAS

In the School-age program, there are lots of activities that children can choose from. Click on the activity areas to see some of the activities that we have offered.


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Construction

“ Whatever you choose, just build your way through! ”

Big Blocks

Wooden & Foam
Quadro Pipes
Foam Mats

Mini Blocks

Wooden & Foam
Duplo
Lego
Kinex
Etc.

Fort Building

Cardboards
Tents
Nets
Sheets
Foam Mats

Maze Building

Cardboard
Mats
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Gameland

“ Toys Galore… and so much more!! “

Table Top

Board Games
Puzzles
Brain Teasers
Cards
Etc.

Interactive

Twister
Broken Telephone
Mazes
Etc.

Faceoffs

Math Challenges
Spelling Bees
Bay Blade
Shuffleboard
Mini Golf
Ring Toss
Marble
Etc.

Imaginative

Dolls & Accessories
House
Castles
Pirates
Animals & Dinosaurs
Superheroes
Transportation
Etc.

Paper

Word Searches
Hangman
Tic Tac Toe
Alphabet
Etc.
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Sports Centre

“ Fitness is key, just participate and see! “

Team Sports

Basketball
Soccer
Floor Hockey
Etc.

Table Games

Foosball
Ping Pong

Ball Games

Dodge
Silent
Gaga
Elephant
Etc

Organized Play

Octopus
Parachute
Tag Games
Mississippi 5
Simon Says
Etc.

Other Group Play

Plasma Cars
Roller Blades
Burpees
Etc.
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Shakespeare

“ Acting or dance …just come take a chance (or glance). “

Drama

Puppet Theatre
House Centre
Costumes/Dress-Up Clothes& Accessories

Theatre Arts

Script Writing
Poetry
Prop Making
Plays

Music & Dance

Beatboxing
Dance Workshops
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Picasso

“ Whatever you choose, you just can’t lose! “

Arts & Crafts

Sketch & Paint
Draw & Colour
Cut & Paste
Sculpturing
Paper Mache
Sew & Knit
Beading

Sensory

Sand & Water Play
Play Dough
Etc.

Science

Magnetic Kits
Weights& Scales
Microscopes
Telescopes
Etc.

Cooking

(Occasional)
Fresh Rolls
Pancakes
Smoothies
Etc.

Audio/Video

Music Box& CDs
Projector& Movies
Ipad

Reading & Social Area

Books
Magazines