After School Care

Get Out and Play is a nature-based licensed after school program providing a space for fun, play and connection with nature, other children and with oneself.   

“I love the philosophy of the school and how you spend so much time with nature.  Jasper is happy each time he comes home.”   April Pilon, Five Mile School Parent, December 2019 

The program is at North McIntyre Recreation Centre, around the corner from Five Mile School. The Centre provides a place where children have time and freedom to explore nature and be active balanced by boundaries and guidelines on the campus of trails, stream, playground, playing fields and a skating rink. It also provides a time to play board games, read and talk with friends.


The program is offered by Northern Lights School, a not-for-profit Waldorf-inspired independent school, based at 250 Dog Lake Rd., 5 minutes  from the North McIntyre Rec. Centre.  The school runs a kindergarten and Grade One/Two.  Hailey Surette is the Program Supervisor. There will be an additional staff member who will join Hailey in supervising and caring for the children.


The Program
Kindergarten to Grade 6 children.  Outside time from 2:30-3:30 followed by an indoor snack then a choice of indoor or outdoor activities.


Care is offered Monday to Friday throughout the school year from 2:30 – 6:00 pm.
Fall Term: September 4, 2019 – December 22, 2019
Winter Term: January 3, 2020 – March 13, 2019
Spring Term: March 23, 2020 – June 26, 2020


Statutory holidays will be observed:
Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Victoria Day. After School Care will not be offered for two weeks of the Christmas Break and one week in the March break while public schools are closed.


Application for After Care is available at and done online. Application is an one time process.  There is a $100 application fee that is credited toward your fees.


Once the application has been received and the program is in session, a tour of the program site will be arranged to familiarize the family with the staff, the surroundings and our policies. Registration and acceptance into the program is completed when a signed contract is received and payment is made for the first month.


Fees and Payment – After School Care is paid monthly, at the first of each school months, by e-transfer to [email protected]
2:30-5:00 – 5 days a week- $300 per month, 4 days week – $240 month, 3 days a week – $180 per month, 2 days per week – $120 per month.


2:30-6:00 – 5 days a week – $440 per month, 4 days a week – $352 per month, 3 days a week – $264 per month, 2 days a week – $176 per month
Please contact us if another payment option is requested or required. Two weeks written notice is to be given to remove a child from the program. Call 807-707-4311 for more information or to discuss payments.

Illness and Absence
Please call to let us know if your child will not attend for any reason, including illness. Staff will not be waiting unnecessarily for your child’s arrival. Please text or call 807-707-4311.  There is no reduction in fees for absences as the spot is being held for your child.


Contact Student Transportation Services Thunder Bay to arrange a drop-off for your child at the North McIntyre Recreation Centre, 29151 Government Rd., Thunder Bay, P7G 2E9



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