Out-of-School Time Care
How OST Programs Differ from School
Out-of School Time Programs should not be just an extension of the school day. They should offer enrichment opportunities and other learning activities not held in a classroom setting.
Below are some of the ways OST programs differ from school:
- Relatively fixed environment.
- Children and youth spend most of their time in same-age groups.
- Focus on academic skill acquisition.
- Focus on formal instruction.
- Activity choices are limited.
- Adults determine most activities.
- Adults take on teaching roles.
- Schedule is fixed each day.
- Flexible, modular environment arranged in activity areas.
- Children and youth are often in
- Focus on all areas of development, including practice and application of academic skills.
- Focus on self-guided exploration and activities.
- A wide range of choices in activities.
- Children and youth choose most activities and experiences.
- Adults take on facilitative roles.
- Schedule is flexible and subject to change by children and youth as well as adults.