THE CUP KIDS - Out of School Care Program
Established September 2018!
The CUP Kids (formerly Spirit Kids) was founded at Squamish United Church in 2018. It was created to serve the community's needs for a safe, reliable, and affordable out-of-school care program. CUP Kids is now a part of The CUP Wholeness Centre. All members of our community are welcome to participate in our program. CUP Kids will provide out-of-school care to children primarily from Squamish Elementary (SE) and Ecole Les Aiglons. Program staff will pick up children by foot at Squamish Elementary and Ecole Les Aiglons at dismissal time which is 3:00 PM and walk back to the Centrepoint building (38014 4th Ave). Activities will run from school pick-up time at 3 pm to 6 pm with flexibility for parents to pick up when it works best for them. Activities include playing at either school playground, on the field between the schools, or exploring the nearby trails along the way back to Centrepoint. When back in the building we share in crafts, games, and a variety of fun activities. We are always back at Centrepoint no later than 4:30 PM for pick-up.
Philosophy: “Creative Wholistic Care” Our philosophy stems from the importance of learning and exploring through art, imagination, and outdoor play during developing years. It is well documented that engagement with the arts and with play enables the child to learn and process problem solving and critical thinking skills. It is important to create an environment where the child can absorb what they have processed at school and provide a safe and creative environment to explore sports, physical activity, music, and the arts. By encouraging children’s creativity and imagination the child learns to problem solve and engage with the environment in a healthy way. We would provide opportunities for play in a free form style as well as a structured style. Free play allows children to explore, learn, and be inquisitive about their environment while the educators facilitate and ensure children are safe in their surroundings. Structured activities gives children the ability to follow directions and ask questions and allows educators the chance to share their experiences and knowledge that the children can build upon
We offer care primarily for students from Squamish Elementary and Les Aiglons.
Before School Care
Monday - Friday
7:30 am - School start time
After School Care
Monday - Friday
School dismissal time - 6:00 pm
Children registered Monday - Friday for Before & Afterschool Care will receive a discounted rate of $36.00/day
Annual registration fee of $25.00 will apply per child
If you have any questions or want to get in touch, please email us at email@example.com
Thank you for your interest in our Before and After School Care Program! This program is for children who attend either Squamish Elementary or Les Aiglons, although students from other schools can attend if the parent can arrange transportation. The childcare registration must be completed and returned electronically in PDF format to the program manager or delivered to the Squamish United Church office at 38014 4th Ave. A Childcare Coordinator or the Program Manager will review the package and notify you if a consultation is required. The childcare registration package must be completed in full a minimum of 2 days before your child’s first day in the program.
How to register:
1. Download fill out and return the above Registration AND Policy & procedures forms,
2. Fill out the below form online for each child
Meet The Team
Karen Millard Sumalileng
Karen moved to Squamish in 2009 to serve as the ordained minister of Squamish United Church. Spirit Kids was birthed out of a desire to care for families in need of affordable childcare in Squamish. In January 2021 Karen founded The CUP Wholeness Centre and this program is now under the supervision and direction of The CUP and its staff. Karen comes with a background in youth work, social work, and counselling. Karen directed camps, worked as a youth worker and childcare worker for many years. She comes with a passion for developing healthy environments for all to thrive. She hopes CUP Kids is that kind of childcare environment.
Madie grew up in Ontario and decided to make the move out to BC after graduating from McMaster University with a degree in Cognitive Science of Language. She has a passion for getting outside, animal welfare, climbing, skiing, hiking, camping, and more. Madie’s favourite thing about working with children is watching them gain confidence and explore their imagination, fears, and things that are unknown to them. Teaching children to choose their own challenges and guide them to make choices that are good for themselves, others, and the world around them is what she loves most! With the hopes of working with children long-term, Madie is eager to continue growing The Cup | Kids program in line with its philosophy to serve Squamish families for years to come.
Heather moved to Squamish in 2019, originally hailing from Waterloo, Ontario. She has always been fascinated to understand human behaviour, which led her to pursue 3 degrees in psychology. Since earning her Ph.D. in behavioural science, she has worked with a variety of organizations in marketing and strategy roles. In earlier years, Heather worked with children as a camp counselor, Sunday school teacher, and private tutor. She has always enjoyed children's curiosity, humour, and boundless creativity! She is continually impressed by children's sense of personal agency in their world. At Spirit Kids, Heather hopes to help create a fun and supportive community, helping each child to grow their independence and their relationships.