Out of School Care

The Dalhousie Out of School Care program is a licensed and accredited child care program servicing families who live or interact within the community of Dalhousie. We provide a high quality before and after school care program for children in Kindergarten through Grade Six.

Our program currently serves families with children attending Dalhousie Community Kindergarten, Dalhousie Elementary School (International Spanish Academy), St Dominic Fine Arts School and West Dalhousie Elementary School.

For children attending Dalhousie Community Kindergarten before and after school care is provided in the Dalhousie Community Centre (same building) from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

For children attending Dalhousie Elementary School (International Spanish Academy) before and after school care is provided at our Dallyn Street building located at 4448 Dallyn Street NW (The small beige building adjacent to the school playground), as well as in the school gymnasium and room 17 at 4440 Dallyn Street NW. Hours of operation are 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

For children in Grades 1 – 6 attending West Dalhousie Elementary School our before and after school care program is located in the school gymnasium and operates from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm.

For AM Kindergarten children attending West Dalhousie Elementary care is provided in the school gymnasium beginning at 7:00 am. After school care will be provided via a supervised walking program from the school to the Dalhousie Community Centre where care is provided until 6:00 pm.

*Please note that our program does not provide care for children registered in afternoon Kindergarten classes. (subject to change)

Additionally, the Dalhousie Community Centre may offer:

  • Winter and Spring Day Camp (dependent on registration)
  • Weekly theme-based day camps during July and August

For additional information, please review our 2018-2019 Parent Handbook https://dalhousiecalgary.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2018-2019-Parent-Handbook.pdf 

About Our Organization

The Dalhousie Community Association (DCA) is a licensed, registered non-profit association. The Dalhousie Out of School Care (DOSC) program is operated by the DCA as a service to families who live or interact within our community. The Dalhousie Out of School Care program prides itself on providing high quality childcare services and is committed to providing a rich variety of activities in a safe and healthy environment for your children.

Licensing and Accreditation

The Dalhousie Out of School Care program is licensed and meets all government regulations in the areas of health, safety and care.

Accreditation represents a standard of excellence in childcare which exceeds licensing requirements. By voluntarily undertaking this rigorous process childcare programs commit to establishing and maintaining a high standard of care. Childcare programs are granted accreditation status by the province of Alberta once they have worked through a prescribed and rigorous process and successfully demonstrated that they are able to provide a quality of programming and level of care in keeping with the government of Alberta accreditation standards.

Our Philosophy

The Dalhousie Out of School Care program is committed to providing a safe, caring, healthy environment for children. We support the developmental needs of children by providing a balanced program of planned activities together with free play and exploration designed to promote social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth and creativity.

The Dalhousie Out of School Care program has an open door policy and encourages parent participation. We foster an attitude of mutual respect, open communication and support between staff, children and families.

The Dalhousie Out of School Care program encourage staff members to work effectively as a team and to continually update their skills and knowledge through formal and informal staff development.

The Dalhousie Out of School Care program values diversity. We believe that every child is unique and is entitled to the opportunity to develop personal responsibility and social skills, to learn to problem solve, and to learn about other races and cultures.

The Dalhousie Out of School Care program aims to develop and maintain strong links with the local community by participating in community events, utilizing available community resources, and engaging in community based service projects.

Our Staff

The Dalhousie Out of School Care program is committed to hiring child care leaders who have a passion for working with children and who are committed to excellence in child care. Our staff members come from diverse backgrounds and blend child care experience with their unique talents and personal interests to provide a rich and diverse program.

In accordance with Provincial Licensing Regulations, all staff members must be certified through the Child Development Branch of Alberta Children and Youth Services. They are also required to hold a valid First Aid Certificate and must acquire and maintain a current Police Information and Vulnerable Sector Check.

Our staff members come from a variety of educational backgrounds and many of them hold degrees in education or related fields of study. The Dalhousie Out of School Care program supports staff development and encourages its staff members to take advantage of workshops, seminars and other professional development opportunities on a regular basis.

2019-2020 Program Fees

Kindergarten (One Component)

$76750monthly
  • 50% Deposit – $383.70

Kindergarten (Two Components)

$87500monthly
  • 50% Deposit – $437.50

Grades 1-6 (One Component)

$40700monthly
  • 50% Deposit – $203.50

Grades 1-6 (Two Components)

$52000monthly
  • 50% Deposit – $260.00

Grades 1-6 (West Dalhousie School)

$16500monthly
  • 50% Deposit – $82.50

Dalhousie Out of School Care fees are payable to the Dalhousie Community Association. If registration is 30 days or more prior to the start of service a deposit of 50% of the monthly registration fee is required at the time of registration. If registration is within 30 days of the start of service the monthly fee is payable in full at the time of registration.

Monthly program fees include service on non-instructional days (e.g. Professional Development and Parent/Teacher Conference days).

Weekly day camps may be offered by the Dalhousie Community Centre for an additional fee during school breaks. Detailed information about day camps may be found under Programs and Membership on our Children’s Day Camps page.

Registration

Registration for children starting Kindergarten in September 2019 will open on  March 11th and is ongoing. Children must be 4.5 years of age by September 2019.

Registration requirements include proof of the child’s age, up-to-date immunization records, and written documentation from the school confirming the child’s registration in a morning Kindergarten class.

Registration for or children in Grades 1 – 6 who are not currently registered in our program did open on March 11th and be ongoing at the DCA office Monday-Friday between 9am-3pm.

A deposit of 50% of the monthly fee is required to complete registration. Your receipt showing payment of the deposit will serve as proof of registration. If registration is cancelled, deposit fees will be refunded up to and including July 31st, 2019. An administration fee of $50.00 will be retained.

For further information regarding registration please contact the Program Director by emailing doscdirector@dalhousiecalgary.ca or contact our general manager at 587-437-8217.

A Dalhousie Community Association membership is required to register for the Dalhousie Out of School Care program. The annual membership fee is $32. As the Dalhousie Community Association’s fiscal year runs from September 1 to August 31 fall program participants will be required to purchase a new membership. Click Here to purchase a membership.

Days and Hours of Operation

Hours of Operation

The hours of operation for all program locations are from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Childcare Program Closures

The Dalhousie Out of School Care program follows the CBE calendar and is closed during Christmas break, Spring break and Teacher’s Convention.  

Additionally, we are closed on the following days:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Family Day
  • Good Friday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • Heritage Day
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Remembrance Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

Note: In the event that Christmas Eve falls on a week day the program will close at 12:00 noon.

*Please refer to the Dalhousie Out of School Care Parent Handbook for further information regarding program operation.

Location and Contact Information

Administrative Contacts

For information regarding the program, including registration information, please contact the Program Director. For registration, payments and general administration, please contact the Dalhousie Community Association directly.

Program Director
587.437.8218
doscdirector@dalhousiecalgary.ca

Dalhousie Community Association
403.286.2555 ext. 1
admin@dalhousiecalgary.ca

Program Contacts

Dalhousie Elementary School (International Spanish Academy): 4440 Dallyn Street NW

Out of School Care Building Address: 4448 Dallyn Street NW and 4440 Dallyn Street NW

The Dalhousie Out of School Care program is located in the building adjacent to the school playground for both before and after school care, as well as in the gynamsium and soon to-be classroom of the Dalhousie Elementary School as well.

Childcare Program Telephone: 403.286.0090 for Dallyn St. building, 403.998.8943 for Dalhousie Elementary School gymnasium

West Dalhousie Elementary School: 6502 58 St NW

Out of School Care Building Address: 6502 58 St NW

Dalhousie Out of School Care provides a Before and After School Care program in the school gymnasium.

Child Care Program Telephone: 587.437.8219

Dalhousie Community Kindergarten: 5432 Dalhart Road NW

Out of School Care Building Address: 5432 Dalhart Road NW

The Dalhousie Out of School program is located in the Dalhousie Community Centre for both before and after school care.

Child Care Program Telephone: 403.286.2733

West Dalhousie Elementary School: 6502 58 St NW

Out of School Care Building Address: 5432 Dalhart Road NW

The Dalhousie Out of School program is located in the Dalhousie Community Centre for both before and after school care.

Child Care Program Telephone: 403.286.2733