Afterschool Care for Border City Kids
As the new school year gets underway, parents in the Border City have another option when it comes to afterschool care. The Lloydminster Public School Board and the Family Day Home Association of Lloydminster have partnered to launch Odyssey OSC, a program that will provide afterschool care at five LPSB elementary schools in Lloydminster.
“Basically what we’re doing is providing a space for [the Family Day Home Association] and they provide the service,” says LPSD director of education Michael Diachuk.
The program is available at Winston Churchill School, Barr Colony School, Rendell Park School and Queen Elizabeth School and Jack Kemp Community School. “We have an agreement that provides for all six but the numbers weren’t warranted at Martin Brown School at this time,” says Diachuk, adding those schools are staffed and have students signed up for the afterschool care.
The numbers of students enrolled in the program range from five or six to about 20. Diachuk says each province has its own regulations about class space and size, adding the number of staff depends on how many kids there are to look after.
Students will be given a snack and access to the school facilities until 6:00 p.m.
Diachuk says he thinks the service will come as a relief for parents. “We are aware that the number of licences for daycares in Lloydminster have dropped and so we’re aware that availability of daycare or afterschool care is a priority and there’s a huge demand for it in the city.”
Families interested in the program can contact The Family Day Home Association of Lloydminster at 780-875-1300 or Jackie@fdhlloyd.com.
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