Queen Victoria Annex

SAPLINGS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

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Location: Queen Victoria Annex After School at Garden Park

Our after-school programs allow kids to explore and experience the natural world through practical involvement.

We believe the outdoors encourages imaginative play, creativity, hand-eye coordination, physical strength, and mental clarity. Our educators encourage  children to develop their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Additionally, a multi-age environment promotes cooperation and teamwork, while raising children’s emotional awareness.

2022 - 2023 Pricing and Schedule:

DROP In for a fee available

Fees are subject to change with out notice. Registration fees and deposits may be applicable to this program.

*2 day registration minimum

FAQ's
 

Is this program eligible for subsidy?
No, this is an unlicensed program. As such, it is not eligible for subsidy.

 

What is the educator to child ratio?
For school age programs, we typically have a 1-10 ratio, however, the legal ratio is 1-12.


Is there an inside facility?
No, this program is run completely outside. Children have access to the public washrooms at Garden Park.

What’s the cancellation policy?
We require one-months written notice for all cancellations.


What happens if it rains?
At Saplings, we believe there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. When you register, you will receive a list of suggested gear to keep your child comfortable in all weather. When it rains, we use tarps to build shelters, share hot tea and bring reusable hand warmers for the children. But the most vital thing we do is keep a positive attitude! Our attitudes about the weather influence the way we feel about it and the way the children feel about it. When we hit rain season, we’re sure you’ll see our educators joining the children in jumping through puddles and singing in the rain! 

Do my children have to bring rain gear?
Yes!! Remember this is an OUTDOOR program. The children must be prepared for the weather so they can fully participate and enjoy the program.

Will my children get muddy and dirty at after school care?
Yes, they absolutely will! Our program is about forming connections with nature and learning through nature. We need to get messy to do this! Packing your child with appropriate gear help make less laundry for parents and keep the children comfortable in their daily adventures.

Will snacks be provided? 
No. Parents are encouraged to pack their children an extra snack to eat after school. 


What do the children do at Saplings?
Each day at Saplings is a little different. Our program capitalizes on children’s intrinsic desire to learn, play and discover the world around them. We adapt our program to the natural pace of the children, and allow them to explore their interests to the fullest. Some of the nature based activities include fort and shelter making, fairyhouse building, and nature art. 


My child attends a different school in the area, can they attend?
Yes, however you will be responsible to drop your child off at the location, as we do not offer a pick up service at this time. 

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