School-Age Care

School-age programs are designed for children 6 to 12 years of age. These children spend most of their day at an elementary school. Programs operate at different times, such as:

  • before and after school
  • at lunch
  • during school breaks
  • on days when schools are closed.
  • The programs are available through many child care centres and home child care agencies.

What are the advantages of this kind of care?

  • School-age children get different programs from pre-school children. For example, they get more opportunities to make their own decisions. They can also organize their own games.
  • Children also can choose their own activities, such as:
    • physically active play
    • quiet board and word games
    • crafts
  • Activities are geared to older children.
  • Children can access the supplies they need for hobbies and other interests and can work on projects for longer periods of time.
  • Staff have experience working with school-age children and are always present to guide and encourage them.

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