Child Care / Out of School Care


Our Mission Statement

We are committed to providing high quality, safe and nurturing child care. Each child is recognized and supported in a manner that respects the child’s emotional, social, intellectual, and physical needs.  Our inclusive school-age program offers a relaxed and safe environment where children are given an opportunity to learn, grow and be challenged.

We believe that each child is unique with different needs and aspirations.  We understand that the support and guidance provided to one particular child may not work for another, therefore; individual approaches are implemented where possible.


Our Out of School Care programs are currently based at 6 Elementary School sites in the district.

You can add your child(ren) to the waitlist using this link to our Esikidz Software – Out of School Care Waitlist – Esikidz

This is a first-come first-served system, which allows us to be objective and provide equitable access to our programming. If there is space in the program you are interested in, Kacey Milligan – Administrative Assistant of Early Learning and Child Care will get in contact with you via phone or email with more information. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Kacey Milligan at 250-748-0321 ext. 320 or email her at


Our Out of School Care programs are available at the following Cowichan Valley School locations; your child(ren) must attend the school to be in the site specific program:

– Bench Elementary School

– Discovery Elementary School

– Drinkwater Elementary School

– Ecole Cobble Hill

– George Bonner Elementary School

– Q’shintul (Mill Bay Nature School)


The Out of School Care programs are open Monday to Friday during the following hours:

Before School Care       7:30 a.m. – School Begins

After School Care         School Dismissal – 5:30 p.m. (Includes all early dismissal days)

Please Note: We are closed the first day of school for training and during all statutory holidays, Professional Development days, as well as Winter Break, Spring Break and Summer Break.

Our Program

Our Out of School Care Programs are licensed care facilities which provides care up to a maximum of 24 children at a time, with the exception of Bench Elementary which provides care up to a maximum of 36 children.

Families currently enrolled, will be given the option for priority registration for the following school year. Re-registration will be available for families in the Esikidz software for the subsequent school year.

New families looking to enroll in our Out of School Care program can add their child(ren) to the waitlist. This waitlist does not guarantee your child is enrolled, but is based on a first-come first-served system.

Registration preference will be given to siblings of existing children in care & families that are utilizing full-time, before and after school care, Monday to Friday.

Our Goals

We are committed to providing children with:

  • Play environments that are inclusive, cooperative and diverse.
  • Opportunities for positive self-development.
  • Our staff will provide quality care for each child in a safe and supportive setting.

Helpful Links

– Our Childcare Philosophy – Click Here

– Esikidz Software (Waitlist) – Click Here

– Affordable Child Care Benefit (ACCB Subsidy) – Click Here

– Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative (CCFRI) – Click Here

– Fee Schedule 2023 / 2024 – Click Here