Out of School Time (OST) Program
The Centre offers various programs for children of all ages. Some of the programs currently available are:
- After School Activities (Homework Club, Tutoring and Mentoring)
- Recreational and Sport Activities
- Spring Break All Day Camp
- Summer Break All Day Camp
Your Family at the Centre
Your family is important at our Centre. We know that parents are the most important people in their child’s life, so our staff work as partners with parents to provide the best care possible.
Our staff are trained and certified through programs including child development and early childhood education. We give the children a chance to make friends, learn about themselves and about the world around them.
But nobody knows your child better than you do. You know best your child’s favourite things, interests, fears, joys and hopes. You know how the members of your family get along. And you have shared so many experiences with your child, from family parties to the first day of school.
We want to talk with you about what is happening at home, at school and at out of school care – so we can all understand your child better. We want to work together with all those involved in your child’s day. The more consistent the adults are in your child’s life, the more secure your child is likely to feel. When children feel secure, they are more likely to explore, to try new things, to learn and to enjoy!
Our door is always open to your family members. Stop in any time. Why don’t you join us for lunch someday?
Families Get Involved
We want families to feel that the Centre belongs to them. Here are some ways your family can be involved at the Centre. Each family has their own interests and free time; the important thing is that you choose and enjoy the way you take part. When you get involved, you might find new friends and interests! You might:
- Share a favourite family snack recipe;
- Come to a parent meeting, supper, winter party or family dance;
- Join your child in playing a game or finishing an activity before going home at the end of the day;
- Donate materials such as: old office equipment, yogurt containers, paper;
- Arrange a field trip;
- Talk with other parents;
- Join the Society’s Board of Directors;
- Talk about the importance of quality out of school care to your friends, relatives and other people in the community;
- Attend a workshop on child development, sexuality, discipline or nutrition;
- Make suggestions to staff about a new activity idea; and,
- Support the children’s efforts in fundraising, such as: bake sales or bottle drives.
Your ideas are important! We realize your family’s time is precious so these meetings are held once a month at the Out of School Care and child care and a light supper for your child is provided. New ideas, concerns and future planning are all discussed. The Program Director and staff representatives regularly attend; other Society members and guests may be invited.
Our Program’s Philosophy
We believe that children’s programs should provide experiences which foster each child’s growth and development. We believe that children’s programs should create an environment where friendships are encouraged and each child learns a positive sense of him/herself.
The philosophy of our program is that children learn best when they have a stimulating environment, where they are able to be creative and make decisions. The staff plan activities on a weekly basis as well as having a variety of activity centres available for the children to choose from. The children’s time is scheduled for them at school, so here we give them many opportunities to decide how they want to spend their time. For example, children may choose between indoor or outdoor play, planned activities or centres, group activities or time by themselves. When school age children are able to make these types of decisions, they learn to take responsibility for the choices they make.
The Out of School Time follows the Society’s inclusionary philosophy, which allows the opportunity for all children to participate to their full potential in the program, regardless of race, religion, ethnic origin, family status, or physical or developmental ability.
Our Program’s Goals
The most important goal of our program is to give children a positive sense of themselves. We encourage children to try new things, ask questions and say what they think. You’ll notice that our staff spend lots of time talking with the children. Staff make positive comments about children’s activities, curiosities and accomplishments. We want children to be confident, independent and eager to learn.
Our program sets goals for each child in all areas of development:
- Social: to encourage children to be comfortable at the Centre, to make friends and to feel part of the group.
- Emotional: to encourage children to feel pride and self-confidence, to develop independence, self-control and a positive attitude.
- Physical: to help children enjoy indoor and outdoor play, to develop large and small muscle skills and independence in self-help skills, to provide equipment and experiences for children to challenge themselves and others.
- Cognitive: to encourage children to ask questions, make decisions and solve problems, to encourage trying out new ideas, to help children become excited about learning, to provide cooperative team experiences where children learn group dynamics and working with others.
- Creative: to provide opportunities for children to express themselves and their feelings through art, music and drama, to encourage and support imaginative thinking, to provide a variety of “projects” for the children to explore and create.
Our Staff, Our Centre, Our Program
Our Centre is staffed by people who understand what school aged children are all about. Our Program Director has post-secondary education in the field of Early Childhood Development or a related field. All of our staff have First Aid Certificates, all have annual Security Clearances and Child Welfare Checks. Staff also take parent in a variety of professional development opportunity throughout the year to improve their skills when working with your child.
Our Centre is located at 6770 129 Ave. NW, Edmonton AB T5C 1V7. We use the playground, the school gym and outdoor area surrounding the building for gross motor activities.
The program provides a variety of activities suitable for school age children.
Parents and staff are encouraged to talk to each other often about what is happening with the children. When concerns come up for you, the staff in your child’s room is the first person to talk to. The Program Director will also be happy to discuss any concerns with you. If you are not satisfied with how a concern is resolved, there is also a formal appeal procedure within Community Options.
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday: 3:15pm – 8pm
Thursday: 12pm – 5pm
Friday: 3:15pm – 8pm
Saturday: 12pm – 5pm
Limited space, names wait listed. Full attendance is required to ensure child receives full benefit of the sessions. JUMP Math is a numeracy program designed for Grades: 1-8. It is dedicated to enhancing the potential in children by encouraging an understanding and a love of math. Kids’ workbooks will be provided. Kids must bring their homework.
DiscoverE is a student-delivered initiative of the Faculty of Engineering with a focus on fun, accessibility and mentorship! Their mission is to have children and youth recognize the value and importance of engineering, science and technology in today’s world and consider the pursuit of related fields. A fun, interesting and rewarding option for their future!!
The focus of this program is “Literacy Learning for Life”. The Africa Centre in connection with the Boys and Girls Club of Edmonton have fortified our staff and volunteers to help our children develop their skills and provide them with the tools and resources necessary to foster and empower our children through strong emphasis on confidence building and re-enforcing strong literacy skills
Active Living and Nutrition
This program will provide a hands-on opportunity for children ages 8 to 12 to learn how to prepare simple healthy meals and how to make healthy food choices. A diet and nutrition specialist from Alberta Health Services trains staff and volunteers on how to run this program .
For registration and further information on the above program
contact Africa Centre at:
Business cell: 780-264-4326 or Office: 780-455-5423 ext 211