Child Minding Volunteer

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Posted Date: April 04, 2017

Time CommitmentMinimum of three months.
Minimum Age13
Location(s)Brampton Union Street, Cooper Koo Cherry Street Family YMCA, Markham Rudy Bratty YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt YMCA, Toronto Sheppard Ave YMCA, Toronto Central Grosvenor St YMCA, Oshawa Mary St YMCA, Toronto West End College St YMCA

Program Description

At the YMCA, we're more than a gym. We're a place where you can be yourself, meet new friends and have fun. At our Health and Fitness Centres we support our members as they strive to reach their potential and work toward their goals as part of an inclusive, caring and healthy community.

Major Duties

  • Assist Child Minding staff in providing children in the centre (ages six weeks to nine years) healthy opportunities to learn and play.
  • Ensure proper registration (sign in / out) of each child in the centre.
  • Enforces two-hour time limit.
  • Be positive, helpful and welcoming at all times.
  • Build relationships with members and introduce them to other members, staff and volunteers.
  • Deliver YMCA service responsibly, honestly, respectfully and with care.
  • Take action to ensure members are safe when participating at the YMCA.


  • Minimum age 13.
  • Volunteers age 16 and above will need to provide a Vulnerable Sector Screening from their local police service before their first day of volunteering and every three years on the anniversary of their first day of volunteering.
  • Six months experience working with children ages six weeks to nine years via formal training (ex. child care courses) or informal training (ex. babysitting; coaching at school) recommended.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR – C Training preferred.


  • Gain experience in working with children.
  • Develop interpersonal and communication skills with parents and other staff.
  • Learn about diversity at the YMCA and meet new people from all walks of life.
  • Be a part of the YMCA team and promote the YMCA Mission, Vision and Values.

How to apply

Complete the online volunteer application. You will need to provide the position title and location information of this position during step 3 of the application.

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Why Volunteer for the Y?

YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great place to volunteer through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all volunteers. The YMCA provides thousands of volunteers with meaningful opportunities to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. The YMCA works to build healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values.

Our Commitments

The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

Volunteers ensure the health, safety and well-being of all children, youth and vulnerable people in YMCA program. Volunteers commit to the professional responsibility of maintaining knowledge of legislation, policies and procedures, child and youth development and best practices to best serve and protect children, youth and vulnerable people. Volunteers understand the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services.

About YMCA of Greater Toronto

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a dynamic charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. Our 2010-2020 strategic plan, Strong Start Great Future, calls upon our Association to invest in young people across their life stages to deliver on our vision of ensuring our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults. This community health strategy includes a significant role for adults and older adults.

Mirroring the region’s diversity, the YMCA offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of the community, including employment and essential skills, education, newcomer programs, youth outreach and intervention, fitness, sports and aquatics, international programs, child care and camps.

When you support the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Annual Giving, you help us ensure more children, youth and young adults have the chance to be healthy, and so much more. We believe that by providing our children with a strong start, they will have a great future. And, ultimately, strong, healthy children mean strong, healthy communities in the GTA for the years to come.