Testimonials from a Sherpa Kids Parent – St. Dominic, Calgary
“We are very happy with the new before and after school care offered by Sherpa Kids and cannot imagine what our schoolday lives would be like without having this excellent program available right there in the school. The staff are friendly and involved and it’s obvious our daughter has a lot of fun there as we always find her deeply immersed in the activities, crafts and games with the other kids or leaders when we come to pick her up. She also enjoys the special activities and field trips that are offered during PD and PT conference days. Definitely a very positive experience for all of us.”
The numbers of our staff and the qualifications that they hold are as dictated by provincial licensing standards. Based upon years of hands-on experience of the unique challenges presented by the before and after school environment, Sherpa Kids recognizes the need to supplement these requirements with extensive training for ALL staff, in areas including (but not limited to) Child Protection, Behaviour Management, Risk Assessment and First Aid.
After a hard day at school it is important that children are able to relax and unwind in a safe and familiar environment, but without planning and structure this can soon lead to boredom. To prevent this we supplement periods of relaxation and free play with planned activities every day, based upon weekly themes.
We designate a specific time for this activity to occur. This is particularly important, as it allows children to focus on homework tasks in a supervised environment. If a child has no homework, or finishes prior to the time allowed, they will be able to choose a suitable activity to carry on with.
Sherpa Kids behaviour management procedures are in line with school policy.
We ensure our environment is a safe happy place for everyone. We maintain an emphasis on being polite, considerate and cooperative, respecting each other and the property/equipment on-site.
Children will be encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour through offering them choices and implementing logical and natural consequences, including involvement of parents (if necessary). If we experience behavioural problems with a child, we will contact the parent for discussion.
Sherpa Kids program are provincially licensed so you can use government funded when needed. Our fees vary per school. Please call the local program manager directly to discuss.
For every child who attends Sherpa Kids we will need you to complete and sign a separate Enrolment Form. We encourage all children to have a completed enrolment form onsite in the case of late arrival emergencies. By us having completed enrolment forms safely held in our files, if the need arises we can accept your child into the service.
Most of our services are open until 6pm daily, and children must be collected by closing time.
Names of persons authorized to collect your child from the service should be advised in writing to the Sherpa Kids team.
We aim to provide nutritious food, snacks and drinks to children in order to promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage positive food habits. The weekly menu will be displayed at the service, and we welcome suggestions from both children and parents. Occasionally, special foods or treats may be served as part of cooking experiences, special events or celebrations. If your child has any special requirements, please discuss them with Sherpa Kids staff.
At the time of enrolment, parents/guardians must advise the program manager of any existing medical conditions such as allergies, anaphylaxis, diabetes or asthma. You will also need to indicate if there is any medication (either prescription or homeopathic) to be administered to your child during any session of care.
You will need to discuss the specifics with Sherpa Kids staff. In some instances, Medical Management Plans, Risk Management and Minimization Plans or equipment and other resources may need to be provided before your child can attend the service.
You will also need to supply all prescription medication in its original bottle with your child’s name, appropriate dosage, frequency, date of dispensing and use-by date.
If your child has a disability or additional need, please arrange a time to discuss it with the service manager prior to enrolment, to ensure appropriate care can be provided.
Detailed information about your child’s requirements and specific behaviour or medical management information must be provided to the program manager when submitting the enrolment form.
During school holidays your local Sherpa Kids service take children on special outings from time to time, away from the school-based site. These excursions may attract additional costs which will be communicated to parents together with the holiday program.