ICS After School Daycare
Program Information 2020-2021
We strive to create a safe, secure, loving environment in which children feel comfortable exploring their interests and expressing themselves. Furthermore, the Daycare provides support to each child to help develop a healthy sense of self in a larger social setting outside the home.
Children are encouraged to learn through play and social experiences. Staff provide the materials necessary for positive growth and encourage exploration and experimentation. Daycare programs are designed based on the children’s interests. We incorporate outdoor play on a daily basis, weather permitting.
Health & Safety
In the context of the pandemic, there has been extensive planning underway to ensure a safe and engaging childcare experience. All policies and plans have been developed in close partnership with the Lab School and in adherence with Public Health and Ministry guidelines. These include small, consistent cohorts; consistent staff person(s) assigned to each cohort; enhanced cleaning protocols; monitoring of health of students and staff; and mask protocols consistent with Lab School policies.
Daycare cohorts will remain small and consistent, with a consistent staff person assigned to each cohort. In accordance with Ministry of Education guidelines, students from different classes may be combined in a group, as long as it remains consistent within the Daycare program. It is likely the Daycare will have mixed grade groups, however this is dependent on enrollment.
Daily Daycare Programs
The following programs will only be available to those registered for Full-Time or Part-Time Care this year.
The Full-Time option includes childcare for each day that school is in session. If you select the Full-Time option you will be billed for each day that school is in session in a given month. Please refer to the Fees Information page for details.
The Part-Time option includes childcare for 3 days each week that school is in session. Families must select which 3 days will be used on a consistent basis. If you select the Part-Time option you will be billed for 3 days each week school is in session in a given month. Please refer to the Fees Information page for details.
The Daycare is closed for all statutory holidays and during the periods the school building is closed. The Daycare closes each day at 6:00 pm and parents are expected to arrive on time to pick up their child(ren). The Daycare has a late pickup policy; please refer to the Fees Information sheet for details.
Wednesday Afternoon Care (JK to Grade 6)
Childcare following Wednesday dismissal at 12:00 pm will be available only to children registered for Full-Time or Part-Time Daycare. Students will join their regular cohort for lunch, outdoor play, and programming based on their interests. Staff will engage with the students to identify interests, and together develop projects or programming ideas. Groups may engage in cooking, art-making, craft, sport or games.
PD Days and Camps
Should the Daycare be able to safely provide PD Day and/or March Break childcare that meets all Lab School, Public Health, and Ministry guidelines, families will be advised accordingly with as much advance notice as possible.
Registration with our online software system (Sandbox Software) is required for the use of all programs.