After School

After School program at Dovercourt

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

Our program features age-specific programming for kinder to Grade 6 including special events, free transportation, weekly swims and clubs, and serves Broadview, Churchill, Hilson, Edouard Bond, Woodroffe, Our Lady of Fatima, St. George, St. Francis of Assisi and Terre-des-jeunes.

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


To register for the current 2016-2017 school year, please contact the Registrar Office at

Registration opens in person for 2017-2018 on Thursday March 2, 2017 from 9:30am to 7:00pm at the downstairs pool desk. For registration after March 2 please contact the Registrar Office at

Program Withdrawal:

Please contact Tyler Skerkowski at 613-798-8950 ext. 271 or


Changes to the Child Care Early Years Act

Please also note that due to the changes in the Child Care Early Years Act effective September 2017, before and after school care programs will only be offered for students in grades 1-6. We will continue to offer camps and PD programs for children in kindergarten. You can find more information on the CCEYA and how it impacts your children’s programs here:

After School & PD Day communications:

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.


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.


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 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 (2016-17): $2887
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.

For questions, please contact Tyler Skerkowski at 613-798-8950 ext. 271 or