The Out of School Club is a cooperative not-for-profit society comprised of the parents and guardians of the children who attend the Sir James Douglas Out of School Club.
The Out of School Club is run on a self-sustaining basis and governed by the a Board of Directors elected by the parents of the Club. All parent concerns, ideas or proposals of the Out of School Club, or child-care issues are referred to the Board of Directors.
We believe in:
- Providing a service for the parents of children in our program by creating a safe environment where each child is treated as an individual.
- Working as a team with parents and teachers to nurture and guide children through their elementary school years.
- Creating a stimulating environment where children can have fun and make choices; an environment that encourages curiosity, exploration and learning but also provides space and time for individual needs, solitude and quiet.
- Encouraging children to solve their own problems in a peaceful manner. We reinforce this by modeling such skills as communication, independence, leadership and respect for self and others. We are opposed to the use of violence as a means of problem solving and encourage problem-solving skills.
We ask that children adhere to three basic rules:
- Take care of themselves, play safely and follow program rules.
- Take care of and respect others, help and never hurt.
- Take care of the world around them, look after equipment, the school, the environment, etc.
We do this to enable children to have a sense of empowerment, confidence, independence and self-esteem, knowing they have the ability to live in harmony with others.