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A Reflective View of Covid from an out-of-school programme in Alberta, Canada
  • peter King
peter King
Swansea University Department of Political and Cultural Studies

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Background: This paper was a reflective study undertaken with a play organisation in Alberta, Canada to explore how their out-of-school programmes coped during COVID-19. Methods: The study involved an online survey and interview with staff working in Alberta, Canada. The data was analysed using Framework Analysis. Results: When compared to similar studies undertaken, for example in the United Kingdom (UK), similarities in relation to a reduction in children attending, resources available and the play space was the result of lockdown restrictions imposed in Canada. There was also a similar increase in cleaning, social distancing measures (children in cohorts) and administration. Differences between the UK studies and this reflective account included no new policies had to be written and children were able to mix in larger age groups within their cohorts Conclusions: This study highlights how out-of-school childcare in Canada was impacted by Covid-19 for Grade 1 to 6 children in Canada.