IMPORTANT: Major Capital Funding Project / Program Expansion Update

Hello KOSC Families,

We have an update on the development of 65 new spaces for Keating Out of School Care’s program, using the funds we have been awarded through the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Major Capital Funding Grant.

The School District has been extraordinarily helpful in this project, offering and provisioning space in the lower parking lot to install the four new modular units KOSC is purchasing to expand its program.  We were hoping the new buildings could be delivered in time for the 2018-2019 school year, but the recent court ruling on class size limitations has had schools across the province ordering similar structures all at the same time, and the backlog of several thousand portable orders means that delivery for KOSC’s purchase will not be possible until 2019.  While we would have liked to have had them delivered immediately and in place for this September, the limited capacity of the manufacturer to build portables to meet the demand has imposed this unavoidable delay on our project schedule.

We should be receiving the new portables in the spring of 2019, getting it equipped and ready over the that summer, with the newly expanded program in effect for the 2019-2020 school year.

Thank you for all the expressions of support from the KOSC community, and we will share news as it develops over the coming year.


KOSC Board of Directors

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KOSC Summer Mega-Post!

Hello KOSC families!

Summer is just around the corner, and we are looking forward to more fun in the sun! KOSC staff have worked hard to put together a fun and engaging calendar of field trips and activities. Check it out!

Summer Calendar 2018

Please make sure to read over the following Summer Registration Policies carefully.

KOSC Summer Policies 2018

Here is the sign-up form for the KOSC Summer Camp program. Early Bird Registration will start on Friday May 4th for current members with at least one regular space in Before or After School Care and on Friday May 11th for all other families. Please note that there are separate Early Bird deadlines for Weeks 1-4 and Weeks 5-9.

Summer 2018 Registration Form

The form above is just the sign-up form for summer. All children attending our programs must also have a full registration package on file, so if your child has never attended KOSC before, please ensure that you complete the following forms, attaching all necessary documentation (photo, immunization records, etc) and submit it along with your summer registration form and PAD authorization.

Registration Package Final 2018-19

If your child will be starting kindergarten in September 2018, they may still attend KOSC Summer Camp; however, as they are not yet considered “school-age” until their first day of kindergarten, we will need to apply for an exemption from Vancouver Island Health Authority. In order to complete the application, we will need you to submit a letter stating why you feel that it will be beneficial for them to participate in the program. Here is a useful template for composing the letter.

Exemption Letter for Pre-Kindies 2018

Our Youth Adventure Program (YAP) is open to children who will be going into Grade 4 or higher in September 2018. Our programs are licensed for children up to the age of 12; if your child will be turning 13 over the summer, please speak to the Program Manager or Youth Coordinator about obtaining an exemption. Registration dates are the same as for KOSC Summer Camp.

Youth Adventure Program Calendar 2018

YAP Summer Policies 2018

YAP Registration Form 2018

All families registering for KOSC Summer Camp or YAP will need to complete a Summer PAD Authorization Form. If you have previously submitted a PAD form and your banking information hasn’t changed, you do not need to attach a void cheque or official bank statement of account.

PAD Agreement Instructions Summer 2018

PAD Authorization Summer 2018

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Program Manager (Rachel). We hope to see you this summer!

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Tomorrow (August 22nd)

In the interests of playing it safe with the air quality warnings, we have made alternate plans for KOSC Summer Camp for tomorrow, August 22nd. Instead of going to Esquimalt Water Park as planned, we will be heading to Langford Lanes for bowling. We will be leaving KOSC around 10:45 and returning by 3:00.

Thursday is a site day, so there should not be any change of plans necessary. Hopefully by the time Friday rolls around, the air quality will be a little better and we will be able to proceed with our planned excursion to Gyro Beach.

Our awesome Youth Coordinator will be in touch with YAP families in regards to alternate plans for the older group. (The originally scheduled adventure was a bike trip, and even if the air quality does improve significantly by tomorrow, it will still probably be best to avoid outside exertion of that level.)

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Change of plans for Tuesday, August 21st

In light of the continuing poor air quality advisory, KOSC and YAP have cancelled the planned field trips for today. Both groups will instead be heading to Star Cinema for a movie. We should be back on site between 12:45 and 1:00.

We will be keeping an eye on the air quality alerts to see if there is any improvement, but given current expectations, it is possible that we will be making alternative arrangements for tomorrow, as well. I will endeavour to provide an update by the end of the day.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Drop-in registration opens August 20th

This is just a friendly head’s up that we will begin taking requests for drop-in care for Before and After School Care for the months of September through December 2018 on Monday, August 20th, at 7:00am. Please note that any requests received before this time will not be accepted.

Please submit your care requests in writing (email is fine). Drop-in care is available as space allows and are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. If a space is not immediately available for your child, you will be placed on the drop-in waitlist for that day. It is the parents’ responsibility to check with KOSC to see if a space is available on any days that their child has been waitlisted for.

Pro-D Day registration is done separately from drop-in registration. If you need Pro-D Day care, you may submit your requests starting on the first day of school (September 4th) at 7:00am.

If you have any questions about drop-in registration, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Have a great day!

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Keating Out-of-School Care is hiring!

Keating Out-of-School Care is looking to add some new leaders to our awesome team in September 2018. Full-time, part-time, and casual/on-call positions are available, and the flexibility of scheduling makes it a great option for university students. If you know of anyone who loves working with kids and is looking for a job, please feel free to pass this information along to them. 🙂

Childcare Leader Ad September 2018

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August Early Bird Deadline Reminder

Hope everyone’s summer is off to a great start!

If you are registering/ have registered your child(ren) for summer camp, this is a friendly reminder that the early bird deadline for August (Weeks 5 through 9, including July 30 and 31) is today.

If you have any changes to the days you would like your child(ren) registered for this month of summer camp, please let us know by end of day today by email/in writing to avoid charges. After this date, any days in Weeks 5 through 9 will be nonrefundable. Additionally, after today, any additional days of care requested will be considered drop-in spaces. This means that the rate will go up to $40/day, and spots will be dependent on space availability.

Confirmations for August will be sent out within the next week.
Have a good day!

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Change of plans for Pro-D Day today

Due to the generally un-summer-like weather today, we have changed our field trip plans for the day. Instead of going to Island View Beach, we will be going to Star Cinema to see Incredibles 2. We will be leaving KOSC at around 12:30 and returning by 3:30.

While we are off-site, you can get ahold of us on our KOSC cell phone at 250-415-2035.

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