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Child Care at Dovercourt

Quality care at a place you can trust…your community centre!

As a High Five® accredited organization, Dovercourt is committed to developing and delivering programs that are child-centered and reflect our values of respect, diversity and inclusion.  All of our program staff are trained and certified in High Five: Healthy Child Development and our programs are evaluated regularly to ensure a high standard of quality. To learn more visit www.highfive.org.

Our Programs:

After School & PD Day communications:

Our Program Leaders

Our Program Leaders, Counselors and Junior Counselors are selected with careful attention paid to selecting those who have the ability to serve as a positive role model for your child. Each staff member must have a valid standard level first aid certificate and Level C CPR in addition to a vulnerable sector police records check and HIGH FIVE certification. All staff members receive training in leading activities, group dynamics, communications, problem solving, accident prevention, emergency response, as well as Dovercourt Policies and Procedures.

Registration:

Registration for the 2014-2015 school year is underway.

Registration for all Out of School Care programs for the 2014-2015 school year is open, and is on-going throughout the year. Please note that registration must be done in person and deposits are due at the time of registration and are non-refundable. Please contact Tafline at ttong@dovercourt.org to set up an appointment to register your child for before and after school care.

Withdrawal:

Currently registered in our Out of School Childcare program and need to withdraw?

Fill out our Out of School program Withdrawal form >>

After School

The Program  - Grade 1-5:

Our daily programs are planned in advance and approved by management. The balanced schedule for each day includes quiet games and active play both indoors and outdoors. On good weather days, most activities will take place outdoors. From 3:30-4:15, there are three choices of activities in three different locations, with an experienced Program Leader, councilors and junior councilors in each space. At 4:15 each day participants are presented with day’s activities and information on any exciting events that are coming up. From 4:30-5:30, participants will again choose which activity location they want to go to (Mon, Wed, Fri) or they will join their club (Tues & Thurs). From 5:30-6:00pm, we offer quieter games and activities while the participants are signed out by a parent.

Activities are planned around a specific theme each month. Theme and activity information is available in our monthly e-newsletter sent to all participants. 

Some examples of our favourite special events: Twinkle Show, Senators Game, Sleepover, Spooktacular Movie Night, and Fall & Spring family BBQs.

CLUBS

Our grade 1-5 After-School and Youth Zone program has ‘club days’ that run on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 6-8 weeks.  Participants will sign up for their choice of clubs one week prior to the start date.  Clubs are skill-based and developmental, and participants who choose a Tuesday Club or Thursday Club are committed to that group for the full session. Some examples: Glee, LEGO, Adventure Sports, Culinary, Drama, Cartooning, Fashion, Carpentry, Electronics, Diabolo with “The Cowguys”, and Pottery.

The Program  - Kindergarten:

Similar to the Grade 1-5 program, each month the program will have a specific theme to which all activities are planned.  The program plans for each week are available in advance and posted on the Kindergarten bulletin board located outside the café. Kindergarten After School participants remain together as a group with the Kindergarten Program Leader and have their own room and their own activity schedule separate from the Grade 1-5 program. The program plans for the kindergarten program are completed in advance and approved by management. The focus is on structured play with a balance of active games and sports as well as quiet games and crafts.

The Program – Youth Zone (Grade 6):

This program has been developed to cater to the needs of our Grade 6 participants. With two talented program leaders and their own ‘clubhouse’ space, this program offers Grade 6 participants a safe and fun environment and opportunity to develop skills, make new friends and become leaders in the community. Youth Zone participants are involved in the program planning for the year, and work with their leaders to plan fundraisers (for example, selling Candy-grams in February) and fun events like pizza & movie nights. Youth Zone participants also participate in clubs (see above description) and Friday swim times. Each year, Youth Zone has a graduation trip to an offsite location.

Swimming:

Swimming is integrated into the after school program for children in all grades K-6. Each Friday, the After School program has a swim time from 4:00-4:30pm and participants are encouraged to bring their bathing suits and towels on Fridays.

After school swim lessons:

Our After School program has designated group swim lesson times. These programs last for 9 weeks and continue throughout the school year:  

Afterschool Swim Lessons: Mondays, 3:30 - 4:20 and 4:40 - 5:20.

Participants who have registered for these specific swim lessons will be escorted to and from the pool by a staff member.

Transportation:

Transportation is provided for students from Broadview Public School (walking school bus), Churchill Alternative School (chartered bus), and Woodroffe Ave Public School (OCTranspo). For all other schools, please contact your child’s school to make bussing arrangements, or call us so that we can help to make arrangements. All participants are met as they get off the bus and signed in with one of our Program Supervisors. Students at Broadview Public School are signed in at the dismissal bell at their designated meeting spot in the gymnasium before walking back to the centre. Parents of any child that does not arrive to Dovercourt’s Afterschool program will be phoned by a Supervisor immediately to ensure that the child is accounted for.

Program Fees:
Full year: $2735
We offer a payment plan of 10 equal payments that can be set up using a credit card or EFT.

New to Dovercourt?

For those new to Dovercourt Recreation Centre, the first day of After School can be as scary as the first day of school no matter what grade you’re in. For that reason, we recommend you bring your child to Dovercourt before beginning the program to familiarize him/her with our centre. Many of our participants get to know Dovercourt through our open and family swims or just coming to play on the play structures in the park. If you are interested in one of our child care programs, or have questions, please feel free to call us or come in for a tour and see the program. 

In the event that a snow day is announced at school:

  • All our programs (before/after school) will remain open
  • Although busses are not running, parents are welcome to drop their child off at our center during program hours
  • We will still run a walking school bus to our only walking school, Broadview. Staff will pick them up and drop them off
  • Since we OC Transpo kids to/from Woodroffe, we will also bus these kids to school because as long as OC Transpo is open, so are we
  • We will not walk to schools that we do not normally walk to (ie. Churchill). Our chartered bus to Churchill will not run this day, as they will also have a snow day
  • On snow days, we too have staff who may not be able to attend work, so we will run modified programming for the day.
  • Kids are not allowed to spend the whole day here; it is not a PD Day. They can only attend during the hours of the program that they are registered for.

If you have any questions, please contact lbond@dovercourt.org

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Breakfast Club: Kindergarten to Grade 6

Monday to Friday 7:00am – 9am   

The Program:

Breakfast Club offers supervised play and activities for children in kindergarten to grade 6. Includes a healthy, fun breakfast menu and exciting activities. Children are provided lots of choice in the morning with opportunities for quiet play, reading and games as well as active games and sports. Some favourite activities include LEGO® building, Beyblades®, bracelets and Perler® beads. For those who have energy to burn before school, the gym is open for active games such as indoor soccer and this year’s favourite: Scooter mini-stick hockey. 

 Transportation:

Supervised Transportation is provided for students from Broadview Public School (walking school bus). For all other schools, please contact your child’s school to make bussing arrangements, or call us so that we can help to make arrangements. All participants are met as they get off the bus and are signed in with one of our Program Supervisors. Students at Broadview Public School are signed in at the dismissal bell at their designated meeting spot in the gymnasium before walking back to the centre.

Fees:

Full year: $1795

We offer a payment plan of 10 equal payments that can be set up using a credit card or EFT.

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PD Day Packages

PD Day Packages are available for purchase now until the first PD Day of the school year (Note: The French Catholic Board package is now closed). After that date, you will be required to register individually ($48) for each day that you require care for. We encourage all our participants to register for the package, as most of our PD Days sell out and this is the only way to guarantee your spot.

Please be advised that all kindergarten PD Days will remain on-site at Dovercourt and will host their own special guests. Our Grades 1-6 participants will go offsite for the day. All Friday PD Days include a swim. 

2014-2015 School Year PD Day Packages ($240)

French Catholic Board

  • August 25: Join Summer Camps
  • September 29: FunHaven
  • November 21: Extreme Trampoline
  • January 23: Toboganning Hill
  • June 5: Papanak Zoo
  • June 19: Wave pool

English Catholic Board

  • October 10: Saunders Farm
  • November 21: Extreme Trampoline
  • January 16: Tobogganing Resort
  • April 24: FunHaven
  • June 5: Papanack Zoo
  • June 26: Mont Cascade

Public Board

  • Oct 10: Saunders Farm
  • Nov 21: Extreme Trampoline
  • Jan 16: Tobogganing Resort
  • Feb. 13: Winterlude
  • Jun 5: Papanak Zoo
  • June 26: Mont Cascade

To register:

Call 613-798-8950 ext. 0; register in person, or register online

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After Four Program on Site at Turnbull School

Location, Days & Time:

Turnbull School, Monday to Friday 2:30-5:30pm

The Program: Kindergarten to Grade 6

This after school program is developed and delivered by Dovercourt Staff and operates on location at Turnbull School. Each month our program has a specific theme that all activities and special events (often on Fridays) will be planned around.  Information on each month’s programming and special events will be available to all program participants in our monthly newsletter. 

Dovercourt also provides programs catered toward students at Turnbull School during school breaks, including: two weeks at March Break, PD days, parent-teacher interview days, and after school is finished in mid-June. Please note that participants must register separately for these programs. 

To register, please see the Registration form (pdf), print and fill it out, and fax back to 613-729-1279 or drop it off at Dovercourt (411 Dovercourt Ave). The Registration form must be accompanied by a completed Payment Authorization form (pdf)

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