Our House Out of School Care Program

Our Licensed Out of School Care Program offers morning and afternoon care for children 5-12 years old, from September through June. Children are dropped off and picked up at Simon Fraser Elementary School.  Care is provided based on the school’s schedule and includes pick up for early dismissal days and full day care for non-instructional days.

Our inclusive school-age program offers a relaxed and safe environment where children are given the opportunity to learn, grow and be challenged alongside their peers.  We believe that each child is unique, with a different perspective, needs and aspirations.  We understand that the support and guidance provided to one particular child may not work for another, therefore individual approaches are implemented were possible.

Through warm and supportive relationships, our qualified staff help children to:

  • Build positive relationships and develop empathy
  • Build self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Develop problem solving skills and resilience
  • Make healthy choices
  • Develop a sense of responsibility and build independence.

Like our other programs, we follow an emergent, play based curriculum. Through our practice, we aim to create an environment that represents all of our students, to facilitate learning opportunities that promote awe & wonder, and to embrace children and young people’s natural curiosity about the world around them.

Learning can be messy, and the learning journey doesn’t often happen in a straight line – we embrace this – and collaborate with the students, families and other team members to make sense of the world together in the ways that work for our students at the time.

 

Our House OSC location & Contact
  • 123 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver, V5Y 0B3 (16th Avenue and Manitoba Street)
  • Our House Supervisor: Kelly Bodkin (Kelly.bodkin@vancouver.ca)
  • Our House Phone: 604-707-0311
Hours of Care
  • AM Care from 7:30-9am
  • PM Care from 3 – 6pm
  • Full Day care on Professional Development Days (extra cost for children only attending AM care)

 

Waitlists

The Kindergarten waitlist for children born in 2017 and attending Simon Fraser Elementary School in 2022-2023 school year opens on March 1st.

 

Click here to register for the Kindergarten waitlist on March 1st at 10am

 

Our waitlist registration for children grades 1 – 7 is ongoing. Please contact Kelly.bodkin@vancouver.ca for more information.

Staff

Our qualified staff have their Responsible Adult Certificate or equivalent and a valid child care first aid certificate as per BC Child Care Licensing Regulation.

Details about AM & PM Daily Activities

AM Care (5-12 years)
This is a mixed-aged group program available to children in kindergarten through grade 7. Children are provided with a variety of play based activities before they are dropped off at Simon Fraser. An additional fee for all day care on non-instructional school days applies.

PM Care (5-12 years)
Children are picked up from Simon Fraser Elementary School. Our daily schedule offers a balance of structured and non-structured activities that include arts & crafts, music, literature, baking, social time, a homework club and physical activity including outdoor play. Afternoon snack is included. 

Funding

Affordable Child Care Benefit

We encourage families who may benefit from financial support to apply for the Provincial Affordable Childcare Benefit. Factors such as income, family size and type of care will be considered when determining each individual’s funding allowance. Please visit the website for more information and to access the funding estimate calculator: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/caring-for-young-children/child-care-funding/child-care-benefit .

If you are interested in applying, please reach out to the Child Care Administrative Assistant Vera Lara, at vera.lara@vancouver.ca

 

MPCCA Childcare Bursary Fund

Mount Pleasant Community Centre Association is thrilled to be able to offer a Bursary Fund to those that require financial support to attend childcare, or financial help to those whose child may need that bit of extra support to enable them to thrive in our care. Please see below for information regarding the application process and an application form.

MPCCA Child Care Bursary Fund Eligibility Process

MPCCA Child Care Application for Funding (Nov 2021)

If you are interested in applying, or would like to submit an application please contact the Director of Licensed Child Care, Sarah Dempsey, at sarah.dempsey@vancouver.ca

Inclusion Policy

Vision: Every child and family is unique and should have access to an inclusive and respectful child care experience.

Policy: MPCCA child care programs embrace diversity and celebrate environments of acceptance, respect, understanding and inclusion. We commit to learn, understand and appreciate each person’s unique attributes, abilities and cultural history to ensure that each child is recognized, reflected and valued in our programs. Our educators support the unique abilities of each child to ensure they reach their highest potential. MPCCA works with BC Centre for Ability and other community partners to enhance our ability to support children of all abilities through training and consultation.

Withdrawal Policy

Families must give one month’s written notice (or e-mail to Kelly.bodkin@vancouver.cato the Kelly Bodkin when withdrawing their child from the Out of School Care Program.  Families are required to give notice by the first calendar day of the month.  For example, if you decide to withdraw your child from the program for September 1st, then you must give one month’s notice on or before August 1st.

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