Early Learning and Care
A great place for your child to play, learn and grow.
Ages Served and Programs
Early Learning Child Care programs operate Monday to Friday, opening as early as 6:30 am and closing as late as 7:00 pm, year-round, with many of our locations offering after-hours care.
We offer a variety of nutritious morning and afternoon snacks and lunches prepared by an on-site cook or caterer in accordance with the Canada Food Guide.
Our full day early learning child care programs are licensed by the Ministry of Education and follow the Ministry’s Policy Statement on Programming and Pedagogy, which includes, “How Does Learning Happen?” Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years and Early Learning for Every Child Today (ELECT).
Our National YMCA Playing to Learn™ curriculum focuses on small group, play-based inquiry, led by our qualified early educators who engage in play to help your child learn and grow to their full potential.
At the YMCA, we are always assessing the needs of our families. Therefore, the following flexible child care options are available at many of our locations:
- Family Grouping (infancy to 12 years of age)
- Socialization Programs (2.5 hours per day for toddlers and preschoolers) – 18 months to 3.8 years)
- Flex Care (minimum of 12 days required each month) – 18 months to 12 years)
- After-Hours Care (before 7 am or after 6 pm & weekends) – 18 months to 12 years)
YMCA Licensed Home Child Care is often the child care of choice for parents who are looking for a quality program in a “family style” environment that offers greater flexibility (extended hours, overnights and weekend care) with a smaller group size.
Through a careful selection process, each Self-employed Provider is supported by our YMCA Home Child Care Consultants, who visit each home regularly to ensure the delivery of high-quality care and compliance with Ministry of Education and YMCA legislation and policies. For more information regarding our Licensed Home Child Care Services, please contact us at 705-497-9622 ext. 257 or toll free at 1-833-237-6026 ext. 257.
Our YMCA school age programs are extended day programs before and after school during the school year and operate Monday through Friday, September through June.
Our qualified staff provide active, engaging and fun activities that follow our National curriculum, A Place to Connect™ which will assist YMCA staff to deliver a comprehensive program that adopts a holistic approach demonstrated through planning, programming and high-quality interactions.
Our school age programs have a strong recreational focus and are designed to:
- Focus on team building activities;
- Embrace the 40 Developmental Assets®;
- Foster your child’s self-esteem; and
- Develop fundamental movement and social skills.
Your child will have the opportunity to meet new friends, learn new skills, make wonderful memories and most of all have fun!