Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about registration, fees, our policies, or our programs?

Please see the information below before contacting us! 

Registration

Registration is done online through our website. We do not accept registration in person or over the phone.

Please visit the Registration page of our website and read the documents provided and then complete the online registration form. You will receive notice of the status of your registration (space available or waitlisted) within 2 business days.

Yes, annual registration is required. If you are a current KidZinc family, you will have access to priority registration before public registration opens. You can also register siblings entering KidZinc at this time.

Once your registration form is submitted, we will notify you if space is available or if you have been placed on the waiting list.

Although each of our program have a licensed maximum capacity, there may be times where we are not able to register the program to full capacity.

Registration opens in the early spring (late February-March) for the following school year.

Once registration opens for the year, it is ongoing until the following spring. Registration for the current school year is paused during the  registration period for the upcoming year while, and will reopen depending on space availability.

Drop-in and part time care is offered for students in grade 1-6 only and is based on space availability. Please email the KidZinc office to enquire about availability at the desired program.

KidZinc is not open during the summer; we only offer care during the school year. We open on the first day of school and close on June 30th.

Waiting Lists

Children are placed on the waiting list in order of registrations received, however they may not be given space in the program in the same order. For example, if two siblings are first on the waiting list but only one space becomes available, it may be given to the next single child waiting.

We are unable to speculate when a space becomes available. Families are required to give one months notice of cancellation.

No. Waiting lists do not carry over from year to year. If you are interested in care for the next school year, please visit our website in early February for updated registration information, including public registration opening dates.

Fees

KidZinc charges an annual $100 registration fee to cover administrative costs. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Grade 1-6

School days only:  $475

School days and PD day/non-school day care: $500

Kindergarten

School days only: $800

School days and PD day/non-school day care, including CBE alternating Fridays off: $825

For more information regarding our fees, please see our fee schedule

Fees are processed on the 1st of the month. If the 1st falls on a weekend or holiday, fees are processed on the next business day.

Yes. Applications for child care subsidy can be made online through the Government of Alberta. Subsidized rates vary. Parents are responsible for providing KidZinc with a copy of the subsidy approval indicating the subsidized amount and for ensuring their status with the subsidy office is up to date.

As we are open for a week of extended hours during Spring Break, we have additional staffing costs. Additionally, we book special guests and field trips for the week at an additional cost. Families currently registered in KidZinc receive a discounted rate for Spring Break to reflect the monthly fees already charged.

Programs

School days
Monday – Thursday: 7:00am-6:00pm
Friday: 7:00am-5:30pm

Non-School Days (including PD days, kindergarten Fridays off, and Spring Break)
8:00am-5:00pm

Programs are closed during the school day while children attend classes.

KidZinc does not provide meals or snacks. On occasion, KidZinc may provide food as part of our programming (eg. for special events), and parents will be notified in advance and must grant permission for their child to participate.

KidZinc has implemented the Flight Curriculum Framework to plan emergent learning experiences based on the interests, skills, and needs of individual children in the program. For more information on the Flight Curriculum Framework, visit the website.

Each program uses the outdoor play space daily, so children should expect to be outside regularly.

Children must have indoor shoes to keep in the program. These must be separate from the indoor shoes used for school. Each day children must bring weather-appropriate outerwear (eg: snow pants and coat in winter, hat in summer) and a water bottle.

Children who require emergency medication (eg. EPIPEN or inhaler) or daily medication (eg. prescription pills,
inhalers, etc.) are required to provide KidZinc with medication to keep on site.

Parents/Guardians must complete a medication authorization form and medication must be in the original container and is clearly labelled indicating medication name, dosage frequency and amount. Medication can not be expired, and prescription medication must have the child’s name on it (not shared between siblings). For safety reasons KidZinc staff cannot administer medication that contradicts the label instructions (i.e. cannot give children adult medication even with parental/guardian consent)

Please note that natural remedies (eg. vitamins), cough drops, and pain medication (Advil, Tylenol) are considered medication and the appropriate consent form must be signed, and can only be administered under the above guidelines.

All KidZinc educators have a valid first aid certification and a criminal record check, including a vulnerable sector search. All KidZinc educators are certified through the Child Care Staff Certification Office as a Level 1, 2, or 3 child care staff. Alberta Child Care Licensing requires at least 1 in 4 staff are certified as a Level 2 or 3, which requires a minimum of 1-year in a child development-specific program. In addition, a number of our educators have bachelors or masters degrees in a variety of other areas, including nursing, science, psychology, social work, counselling, and teaching.

KidZinc is licensed under the Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Act. This legislation provides guidelines ensuring the safety of all children in the program and confirming that that KidZinc meets the developmental, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of children in the program. KidZinc programs undergo regular, unannounced inspections from Alberta Child Care Licensing officers.

Additionally, KidZinc receives regular inspections from Alberta Health Services and the City of Calgary Fire Department to ensure that we meet health and safety regulations for licensed child care facilities.

No. Due to a variety of allergies and dietary restrictions, as well as our licensing regulations, we cannot accept food to share with other children in the program. We encourage parents to send non-edible treats (e.g. pencils, slime/playdough) for your child’s birthday celebration.