Out of School Care

Northern Lights Public Schools offers a child care program called Out of School Care for families in need of child care surrounding school hours. To be eligible for this program, children must be enrolled in Kindergarten and up.

Our program offers:

  • Professional, certified child care staff;
  • Quality accredited programs that complement the students’ in-school programming;
  • Government subsidies are available through Human Services;
  • A standard of excellence over and above Alberta’s regulated requirements;
  • Constructive and caring environment, with skilled professionals;
  • A strong commitment to child care from Northern Lights Public Schools;
  • Emphasis on arts, multiculturalism, physical activity and child leadership;
  • Field trips, science activities, and crafts.

Locations and Fees

Out of School Care will be offered at these schools in 2021-2022. Please click on the links to see what options are available for each location and what the fees are:

2021 - 2022 Registration

Registration for Out of School Care for the 2021-2022 school year will open on Wednesday, May 5. Parents who register and pay their Out of School Care deposit prior to June 21, 2021 will have their name entered in a draw to win a special early bird prize.

Parents/guardians who already have a child enrolled in Out of School Care will receive a notification that the 2021-2022 Out of School Care Registration Form is available for them to complete in School Engage. If your child is not currently enrolled in Out of School Care, and you wish to enroll in 2021-2022, please contact your child's school so they can make the form available to you.

To access the form, parents will need to log in to their PowerSchool Parent Portal account,  click on School Engage in the lower left hand corner and you will be able to see and fill out the form. If you do not already have a Parent Portal account set up, please contact your school for information. Detailed instructions are included in our Parent Guide to the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

Once you have submitted your form, it may take up to five working days (Monday-Friday, excluding statutory holidays) to review and approve your enrolment. Once your enrolment is approved, you will receive notification that your deposit fees are available to be paid through School Cash Online. 

School Cash Online Account Instructions

Please note: 

Registrations received after June 21, 2021 may not be processed until staff return to schools following the summer break.

Registrations received less than one week prior to the first day of school may not be guaranteed to start Out of School Care in the first week of the school year.

The Out of School Care program requires 30 days written notice to withdraw from Full-Time Care (AM or PM). 

Once you have registered and paid your deposit in June (or thereafter) for the upcoming school year, you may withdraw prior to August 1st and be refunded your full deposit less a $50 administrative fee (subsidy deposit or first/last month fee deposit). If you withdraw on or after August 1st, you will only be refunded your last month fee deposit, provided you have given 30 days written notice,

Once OSC receives your 30-day notice, you will be entitled to your deposit/last month fees back, provided you have no outstanding fees owing. You may withdraw anytime throughout the year by providing 30 days notice.

Casual Care

Casual Care will only be offered as space permits. Please talk to your Out of School Care staff about availability.

Non-School Days 2021-2022

If you are registered for Full-Time Out of School Care, Non-School Days will be available to purchase throughout the school year through School Cash Online.

In 2021-2022 Out of School Care will be offering care on the following Non-School Days:

  • September 24
  • October 8
  • November 12 & 26
  • December 3
  • January 14
  • February 16, 17 & 18
  • March 10, 11 & 25
  • May 6 & 20
  • June 10

Please note that while Monday, November 1 is a Non-School Day, it is a Professional Development Day for all staff, so no Out of School Care will be offered on that date.

As well, some sites may offer care during Winter (December 20 - 31) and Spring Break (April 11 - 14). Watch for information closer to those dates about if and when care will be offered.