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Hillcrest Elementary Out of School Care (HEOSC) offers Before and After School Care for children enrolled at Hillcrest Elementary School. We also offer a preschool program for families in our community. Both of our programs are licensed through Island Health Child Care Licensing. We are located within the school and have access to many of the school facilities including the gymnasium, playground, and a fabulous forested area. Our programs focus on creating a safe, fun, and friendly environment for all the children. We encourage the children to make friends and try new things.

For more information regarding our Preschool program, please click on the Ready Set Grow Preschool link in the navigation bar above. Please read below for more information regarding our Out of School Care program.

Out of School Care Activities

Each day, a variety of activities are set up for the children to choose from. These activities include:
  • A dramatic or creative play activity (dollhouse, cars, play kitchen, camping set, pet shop, etc.)
  • A construction activity (lego, blocks, building straws, trio, etc.)
  • A craft or hands on activity (play dough, painting, arts & crafts of all kinds, etc.)
  • A physical activity (gym games, sports, free play outside)
  • Board games and books

After School Care Clubs

In addition to our usual daily activities, once a week we offer children in After School Care a "Clubs" day. Clubs are always a huge hit amongst the children. Clubs are not age-segregated. Instead the children choose their club based on their interests. Each month a new set of three clubs are offered, and the day on which clubs takes place rotates monthly. 

Previous popular clubs include Science Club, Sketch Club, Baking Club, Lego Challenge Club and Basketball Club. 

Afternoon Snack

We also provide a healthy snack every day, which always includes 2 food groups and follows the Canadian Food Guide for healthy eating. Popular snacks have included Chia Strawberry Smoothie Bowls, Vegetable Pasta Salad with Chickpeas, and Freshly made Tzatziki served with Naan and cucumber. 

Part-time Out of School Care:

We offer part-time After School Care. Either two days/week or three days/week. Part time care is available under certain circumstances. If the After School Care program is not full come September, then HEOSC will accept part time registration. If another family requests full time care then the part time family will be given the opportunity to take a full time spot or give up their spot. The Board of Directors will review this on a case by case basis. Please speak to the manager for more information.

2022/23 HEOSC Hours 

Hillcrest Elementary School Hours will be 8:45am-2:37pm.

Before School will open at 7:15am and run until the school bell. Before School can be found in room #15 inside Hillcrest. Parents/guardians are welcome to drop their children off anytime within our hours of operation. Kindergarten children will be walked to their class each day at the school bell.

After School Care will open at the school bell and run until 5:30pm. Parents/guardians are welcome to pick up anytime within our hours of operation. Kindergarten children will be picked up from their class each day after school finishes. 

Pro-D Camp

We run a full day 7:15am-5:30pm Pro-D Camp on all Hillcrest pro-d days. Camps are only open to families who already have a child enrolled in Out of School Care. Please visit our Services page for further details.

News and Upcoming Events

2023/24 Out of School Care

2023/24 Out of School Care is now open for all Hillcrest Elementary families! Registration forms and 2023/24 Hours and Fees can be found on Forms page. Please email [email protected] for further information.

Ready Set Grow Preschool

HEOSC also offers a licensed preschool program called Ready Set Grow Preschool. Please click on the link below for further information.

Ready Set Grow Preschool

Registration- Ready Set Grow Preschool 2022/23

Ready Set Grow Preschool has got off to a great start this year! We are excited to be offering two preschool programs for the 2022/23 year. A three hour program from 9:30am-12:30pm and a four hour program from 9:00am-1:00pm. Registration forms and hours and fees can be found on the Forms page. We currently have space available in both our three hour and four hour preschool programs. 

Please email [email protected] for further information.

BC Affordable Child Care Benefit

We would also like to inform all HEOSC families that our society has opted into the Affordable Child Care Benefit (formerly Subsidy) and the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative. Please take a look at the links below for further information. 

Affordable Child Care Benefit Website

Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative 

"The Ministry of Children and Family Development would like care providers to pass along the following message to families in our community. “Making child care more affordable is important for families and is important for the economy. In striving to do this, we cannot ignore the critical role that child care providers play in offering quality programs and services. It is this recognition that is challenging government to go further, recognizing that affordable, accessible child care is dependant on strong capital and operational support for providers, as well as attracting and retaining talent in the section.”