Early Learning and Care

YMCA Child Care for your most precious possession

Learning our ABCs and 123s in a play-based environment

Play is the primary way children learn. Our skillful YMCA Early Childhood Educators make learning come alive through keen observations and staging of the classroom which create opportunities for children to explore and discover. 

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Playing to Learn™

The YMCA Playing to Learn™ curriculum is the best approach to ensure a child's continued enthusiasm and capacity for life-long learning. Using play as a learning medium, the YMCA Playing to Learn™ curriculum prepares children for primary school education and provides the foundation for:

  • Language and Literacy
  • Math, Science and Technology
  • Music, Visual Arts and Dramatic Arts

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Unique play-based curriculum taught by caring and dedicated experts

The YMCA has over 40 years’ experience in providing children with the support they need to make a seamless transition to full-day Kindergarten. Our highly trained Registered Early Childhood Educators partner with parents to support each child’s development and provide families with the security of knowing their child is in a safe and nurturing environment during these formative years.

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We currently operate:

  • 96 licensed full-day Early Learning locations (ages 0 - 3.8 years)
  • Part-time program options in select locations
  • Programs for infants and toddlers in select locations
  • Standard hours of operation are Monday to Friday with most of our Child Care Centres opening between 6:45 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. and closing between 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m

Early Learning Locations

Choose from programs that provide a solid foundation for learning

  • Ratio is 1:3 with a maximum group size of 10
  • Infant’s individual schedule is followed (input from family required)
  • Infant sleep times, eating, diapering is documented
  • Parent/educator conferences provided two times a year
  • Staff share learning and experiences through Continuum of Development booklet
  • Program includes: indoor and outdoor exploring, songs and stories, discovering creative and sensory materials, imitation play, and lots of time for cuddles
  • Ratio is 1:5 with a maximum group size of 15
  • Toddlers follow a flexible group schedule
  • Sleep times, eating, diapering is documented
  • Staff share learning and experiences through Continuum of Development booklet
  • Parent/educator conferences provided two times a year
  • Program includes: exploring indoors and outdoors, music and movement, discovering creative and sensory material, puzzles, stories, blocks, dramatic play and learning to play with others
  • Ratio is 1:8 with a maximum group size of 24
  • Preschool children follow a flexible group schedule
  • Staff share learning and experiences through Continuum of Development booklet
  • Parent/educator conferences provided two times a year
  • Program includes: exploring indoors and outdoors, creating with the arts (visual, dramatic and music), discovering science, engaging in mathematics and literacy activities, developing social skills, gross and fine motor skills and problem solving
  • Ratio is 1:8 with a maximum group size of 24
  • 2 ½ hours, either morning or afternoon (hours vary by location)
  • Enroll for 2, 3 or 5 times per week
  • Program offered September to June
  • Preschool children follow a flexible group schedule
  • Staff share learning and experiences through Continuum of Development booklet
  • Program includes:exploring indoors and outdoors, creating with the arts (visual, dramatic and music), discovering science, engaging in mathematics and literacy activities, developing social skills, gross and fine motor skills and problem solving