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To support this, the YMCA of Greater Toronto developed the YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum. It lets our experienced Early Childhood Educators help your children develop and grow. By using play as a way to teach, our educators gain insight into how your kids learn. They then use that insight to build a dynamic in-class environment.
Our curriculum takes all areas of your child’s development into account, including their physical, emotional, cognitive, and social behaviour. We then adapt the curriculum to meet the specific needs of your child. That way, your child’s interests help shape their learning experience.
But that’s only half the story. The teachers themselves benefit from a unique training program that lets them access the latest educational tools and processes. YMCA Playing to Learn gives our Early Childhood Educators a framework to regularly improve their own professional knowledge. This framework includes formal training and on-site mentoring for all staff that work with children. The YMCA’s commitment to its educators ensures our teachers can always deliver on their own commitments to your children.
YMCA Playing to Learn is already recognized as a leading approach to instilling a strong educational ethic in kids. The curriculum is used by other YMCAs across Ontario and is regularly cited for its unique and innovative involvement of educators and children in an enriched learning environment.
For more information, please download the YMCA Playing to Learn brochure (PDF 320KB).