Out of School Care

The Dalhousie Out of School Care Program is a Licensed and Accredited Childcare Service, catering to families who live and/or interact within the community of Dalhousie. We provide a high quality Before and After School Care Program for children in Kindergarten through to Grade Six.

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

For children attending Dalhousie Community Kindergarten, before and after school care is provided in the Dalhousie Community Centre at 5432 Dalhart Road NW from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

For children attending Dalhousie Elementary School (International Spanish Academy), before and after school care is provided within the school’s Gymnasium and Classroom #17 at 4440 Dallyn Street NW. Our Dallyn Street building located at 4448 Dallyn Street NW (The small beige building adjacent to the school playground) may also be used from time to time as an extension of our programming. Hours of operation are 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

For children in Grades 1 – 6 attending our West Dalhousie Elementary School located at 6502 58 Street NW, our before and after school care program can be found in the school’s Gymnasium also operating from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

For AM Kindergarten children attending West Dalhousie Elementary School, care is provided in the school’s Gymnasium beginning at 7:00 am. However, After School Care will be provided at the Dalhousie Community Centre until 6:00 pm. Children are transported between sites via our busing services through Dreams Transportation Ltd.

*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 Break Camps (dependent on registration), and

· Weekly Theme-Based Day Camps (during July and August) For additional information, please review our Parent Handboo

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 and/or interact within our community. The DOSC 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 DOSC 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 DOSC 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 DOSC 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 DOSC 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 DOSC 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 childcare leaders who have a passion for working with children and who are committed to excellence in childcare. Our staff members come from diverse backgrounds and blend childcare 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 DOSC 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
  • Deposit – $150.00

Kindergarten (Two Components)

$87500monthly
  • Deposit – $150.00

Grades 1-6 (One Component)

$40700monthly
  • Deposit – $150.00

Grades 1-6 (Two Components)

$52000monthly
  • Deposit – $150.00

Grades 1-6 (West Dalhousie School)

$16500monthly
  • Deposit – $150.00

DOSC Fees are payable to the Dalhousie Community Association. If registration is 30 days or more prior to the start of service a deposit of $150.00 is required at the time of registration. If registration is within 30 days of the start of service, then 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 2020 will open on Monday, March 2nd, 2020 and is ongoing. Children must turn 5 years of age on or before December 31st, 2020 to be eligible for Kindergarten in the Fall of 2020.

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 children in Grades 1 – 6 who are not currently registered in our programs also opened on March 2nd, 2020 and will be ongoing at the DCA office Monday-Friday between 9am-3pm.

A deposit of $150.00 is required to complete registration. Your receipt showing payment of the deposit will serve as proof of registration.

If you would like to cancel and/or withdraw from our programs, you will need to provide 30 days written calendar notice on or before July 1st, 2020 to receive a full refund .  In the event of another mandated closure from our external governing bodies, we will provide a full refund (even if this closure were to happen after the said date of July 1st, 2020).

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.

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

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 Winter Break, Spring Break, Summer 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: If Christmas Eve falls on a weekday 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