Before and/or After School Program
There is a Before and/or After School Program (BASP) component offered at some schools. Before and/or After School Programs are provided in these schools by Third Party Child Care Operators and their staff. Parents are asked to complete a Board survey each year during Kindergarten Registration in schools where a BASP is not already available. This will assist in determining the potential need for a BASP for the following school year. Demand and viability are two key components that are considered when opening or expanding a BASP. School Boards work in collaboration with the local County Consolidated Municipal Service Manager (CMSM) and also consult with Child Care Operators to determine demand and viability of both existing and new Before and/or After School Programs. A Program is offered only where there is sufficient need from parents, and where there is viability. This means that the numbers are viable for a Third Party Child Care Operator to provide a Program and that there is a Third Party Child Care Operator able to provide a Program.
Before and/or After School Program Information – Kindergarten to Grade 6 Students
The integrated Before and/or After School Program provides children with more opportunities to learn and grow. It provides a day with fewer transitions for children and families. The Program complements what happens during the regular school day and is guided by ‘How Does Learning Happen? (HDLH): Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years.’
In the Upper Grand District School Board, Before and/or After School Programs are provided by Third Party Child Care Operators and their staff. A licensed BASP may be offered in some schools for Kindergarten (JK/SK) children, and may be offered for School Age children in Grade 1-6. An Authorized Recreational Program may be offered in some schools to children in Grade 1-6, for up to 3 hours per day, after school only.
In addition to offering the BASP on instructional days, some Third Party Child Care Operators offer full day Programs during non-instructional days (PA Days and School Breaks). If a planned Before and/or After School Program is cancelled by the Third Party Child Care Operator during the school year, a replacement BASP may be offered (dependent on viability). Fees, days and times of operation may also change.
Questions and Answers About the Before and/or After School Program
What is the cost of the BASP if my school offers it?
Fees are determined by each Third Party Child Care Operator. The approximate possible range of BASP fees for the current school year will be as follows:
- Before School: $6-$14/day/child
- After School: $13-$21/day/child
- Before and After School Combo: $18-$27/day/child
School Age (Grade 1-6)
- Before School: $6-$14/day/child
- After School: $13-$19/day/child
- Before and After School Combo: $18-$24/day/child
- Authorized Recreational Program: $13-$19/day/child
(Proposed fees are subject to change. Fee subsidy may be available through your Municipality for those families that qualify.)
- How do I apply for Child Care fee subsidy?
Families may be eligible for fee subsidy through the Children’s Early Years Division at Wellington County and Dufferin County depending on the BASP location.
- Will the BASP be available on non-instructional days (PA Days and School Breaks)?
This will be determined by the Third Party Child Care Operator. The Third Party Child Care Operator may survey the families of children they have registered to determine if there is a viable need to operate on non-instructional days (PA Days and School Breaks).
- Who would provide care for my child Before and/or After school?
If the licensed Before and/or After School Program is offered at your school, it would be offered by a Third Party Child Care Operator and delivered and led by a registered Early Childhood Educator or by an individual approved by the Director of the Ministry of Education under the Child Care and Early Years Act. Additional staff would depend on the ages and number of children attending the BASP. If an Authorized Recreational After School Program is offered at your school it will be offered by a Third Party Child Care Operator and delivered by staff with Authorized Recreational qualifications. Staffing is determined and provided by the Third Party Child Care Operator.
- Could I send my child to just the Before School component or just the After School component of the Before and/or After School Program?
If it is offered, parents may choose to enroll their child(ren) in the licensed Kindergarten (JK/SK) or School Age (Grade 1-6) Before School Program, licensed Kindergarten (JK/SK) or School Age (Grade 1-6) After School Program, both the licensed Before and After School Programs, or the Authorized Recreational After School Program for Grade 1-6 children, depending on availability. Contact the Third Party Child Care Operator for further information.
- Would the School Board provide busing or other transportation for children to and from the Before and/or After School Program?
Parents are responsible for arranging or getting their child to and from the Before and/or After School Program. For further information regarding transportation and policies (eligibility, responsibilities and specialized), please refer to the Wellington-Dufferin Student Transportation Services website.
- When will I know if my child’s school is offering a Before and/or After School Program?
A list of schools where Before and/or After School Programs are being offered for September 2018 will be posted on the Board and school websites by May 1, 2018.
- If my child is in a French Immersion class, will the Before and/or After School Program also be in French?
The Before and/or After School Program is only available in English.
Lists of Schools Offering a Before and/or After School Program
Click on the links below for information on the Before and/or After School Program provided at the schools listed:
- Aberfoyle PS
- Arbour Vista PS
- Brisbane PS
- Centennial Hylands ES
- Central PS
- Credit Meadows ES
- Edward Johnson PS
- Erin PS
- Fred A. Hamilton PS
- Gateway Drive PS
- Glenbrook ES
- Grand Valley & District PS
- Guelph Lake PS
- Harris Mill PS
- Hyland Heights ES
- Island Lake PS
- J.D. Hogarth PS
- James McQueen PS
- Jean Little PS
- John McCrae PS
- Ken Danby PS
- King George PS
- Kortright Hills PS
- Mitchell Woods PS
- Mono-Amaranth PS
- Montgomery Village PS
- Paisley Road PS
- Palmerston PS
- Parkinson Centennial PS
- Primrose ES
- Princess Elizabeth PS
- Princess Margaret PS
- Rickson Ridge PS
- Sir Isaac Brock PS
- Spencer Avenue ES
- Taylor Evans PS
- Victory PS
- Westminster Woods PS
- William C. Winegard PS
The following schools do not have the Before and/or After School Program for the 2018-2019 school year:
Alma PS, Arthur PS, Brant Avenue PS, Centre Peel PS, Drayton Heights ES, East Garafraxa PS, Elora PS, Eramosa PS, John Black PS, John Galt PS, June Avenue PS, Kenilworth PS, Laurelwoods ES, Maryborough PS, Minto-Clifford PS, Ottawa Crescent PS, Ponsonby PS, Priory Park PS, Rockwood Centennial PS, Ross R MacKay PS, Salem PS, Victoria Cross PS, Victoria Terrace PS, Waverly Drive PS, Westwood PS, and Willow Road PS.
These schools do not yet have sufficient need and/or viability for a Third Party Child Care Operator to provide the Before and/or After School Program. Each spring, the Board requests proposals from Third Party Child Care Operators to start a new BASP, where demand and viability is possible.