School Age Program SCHOOL AGE PROGRAM

We offer before and after school care. Bus transportation is provided for the children who attend the following schools: Jenison Christian, Hudsonville Christian, Jenison Public - Rosewood, Pinewood, and ECC only, Hudsonville Public - Bauer, Georgetown, Alward, and ECC only. It is the parent’s responsibility to arrange pick-up/drop-off at FELC through their schools transportation system. We are not authorized to do this.

Before School
Upon arrival, the children who wish to eat breakfast here at the center may do so. Please make sure he/she arrives early enough so as not to be rushed. The buses begin arriving at 7:45am. Our mornings include free play, reading, and art experiences as well as time to relax and rest up for the day ahead.

After School
We have found that after the children get off the bus, they enjoy some “down” time. They are given an afternoon snack and are allowed to have free time. After the children have had time to relax we begin some structured activities. The children can choose a craft, science project, or a game. We go outside to play on the playground almost every afternoon.

Summer Time
Each summer our school-age children participate in our Summer Bash program. This program involves planned activities as well as several field trips and exciting guest presenters such as Blanford Nature Center and John Ball Zoo.

Activities
Some of the activities the children enjoy during free time are:

Board Games
Legos
Puzzles
Basketball
Listening to CDs
Dress-up
Reading
Coloring/Drawing

Field Trips
You will be notified in advance about any field trips taken. A permission slip will need to be signed. Also, a signed permission slip needs to be kept on file for trips made to Sunrise Park which is in walking distance.

 

Things to Bring
Make sure your child has the appropriate clothing for outdoor playtime. Each toy in the classroom has been placed puposefuly to be used as a learning tool. We believe the environment should support the child's development by offering interactive experiences that are challenging and safe for each age group. We believe we have achieved this by incorporating a variety of age appropriate activities. Please do not allow your children to bring in personal toys or hand held games. We do not wish to see them lost or broken.

Snow Days, No School, or Half Days
We plan extra activities for the children due to school closings. Please inform the office or your child’s teacher if your child will not be attending on these special days.

 

Attendance
The teachers will be in charge of listing your child’s arrival and departure time. Please inform us if your child will not be coming in for any reason.

Change of Plans
If your child will not be getting off of the bus, please let the office know. We want to make sure your school-aged child is always safe. If you forget to let us know, you will likely receive a phone call from us concerning his or her whereabouts.

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