Halifax Regional School Board Homework Policy

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EXCEL Child Care

The HRSB ’s EXCEL Child Care Program offers care for elementary school children before and after school. EXCEL provides organized, fun programs that give parents peace of mind in the times they can’t be with their children. To learn more, click here.

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Helping Children Succeed at School

Parents want to know what’s happening in their children’s classrooms, and take a hands-on approach to education. Parents are a valuable ally in helping their children engage in school by reinforcing good homework practices at home. To learn more about how to help your child develop successful study habits, click here.

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The EXCEL program is a fee-for-service recreational program run by the Halifax Regional School Board. Currently offered in 62 elementary schools, it is an option to parents who are seeking before and after school care for their elementary-aged children. At each school site, the dedicated and qualified staffing teams plan weekly games and activities that suit the needs and interests of the registered students. These individual plans are framed around EXCEL’s overall philosophy which is focused on physical activity and positive social interaction in a safe and fun environment.

Our programs differ from site to site due to varying factors such as program size and operating space but our site programming objectives are consistent. Since EXCEL’s inception over 25+ years ago, we have continually enhanced our program based on our experiences and the feedback received from participants, parents and staff. The evolution from a primarily supervisory child care program to today’s recreationally-based program is in response to this feedback. Today, with over 4000 participating students, we are one of the largest programs of its kind in the Maritimes that provides engaging and inclusive games and activities for our program participants.

Highlights of our program include:

  • EXCEL offers both structured and unstructured activities each afternoon.
  • EXCEL strives to provide a minimum of 45 minutes of structured physical activity every day.
  • EXCEL offers outdoor physically active play opportunities each day, weather permitting.
  • EXCEL provides an opportunity for individual choice in programming each day.
  • EXCEL brings in our own special guests. In 2017/2018 presentations will include Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, Zumba, Ray’s Reptiles, Atlantic Youth, Mad Science and CASK Karate.
  • EXCEL introduced Loose Parts Play in 2015/2016 to the delight of our participants.
  • EXCEL offers P.A.L.S. Playground Activity Leaders in Schools for participants in Grades 4-6.
  • EXCEL offers HRQ/Gym (Homework/Reading/Quiet Time/Gym) time each afternoon from 5:30 to 6:00 pm enabling those who wish to complete homework the opportunity to do so.
  • EXCEL is a “High Five” registered organization.

To learn more about HRSB's EXCEL recreational programs, please watch this short video, or click on the following links:

2017-2018 EXCEL Staff Contact Listing - Click here

2017-2018 EXCEL Program Sites, Programs Options & Program Times - Click here

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