Many parents in Moose Jaw are struggling to find daycares for students older than age five.

To help, Holy Trinity Catholic School Division (HTCSD) and the Regina YMCA are partnering on a before and after school program.

"One thing we noticed with the announcement provincially of that $10 a day daycare for licensed daycares, the focus there is for students under the age of five," said HTCSD Director of Education Ward Strueby. "A lot of the licensed daycares are really focusing at those age groups, so what we're seeing, is parents really struggling to find daycares for students that are older than age 5. We thought at the school, and partnering with the YMCA would be a great place for parents to have their kids for both before and after school. We have programs that start as early as 7:30am and go as late as 5pm." 

Strueby notes they also offer kinder camps. Students that are enrolled in Kindergarten get the opportunity to come on non-kindergarten days and be part of the three and four-year-old daycare programs. 

"It definitely gives us a chance to get more kids in our building and also provides parents an opportunity not to have to be transporting kids all over the place," he commented.

Snacks are provided for the kids and they have access to the school gymnasiums when available.

"If you are interested in enrolling in those programs, make sure to contact school administration," commented Strueby. "We have had a couple of schools where the numbers were low and we looked at moving students across. We've had to close some programs but moving forward we'd like to be able to offer before and after school programs at each one of our elementary schools."