Pre School

Pre School2024-05-06T11:50:42-02:30

Early childhood is a special time when the seeds of future success are planted. Research has shown that the growth and development of a child during the first six years of their life has more influence on their learning, behavior, and health into adulthood than at any other time.

With this in mind, our YMCA Early Learning and Care programs are designed to nurture the development of your child in all areas through our YMCA Playing to Learn™ curriculum. This program prepares children ages 0-6 for school and life-long achievement by nurturing their curiosity and development in the most natural way possible… through play!

Playing to Learn™

Toddler Care: 18 months – 24 months | Pre-School: 25 months – 60 months

Educators plan a developmentally appropriate curriculum based on the children’s needs, interests, and their developmental levels. Learning opportunities are available that support children’s development in all areas; physical, cognitive, emotional, and social. Children are exposed to a wide variety of play experiences which enhance the child’s concepts through creative play activities in:

  • Language and Literacy

  • Math, Science and Technology

  • Music, Visual Arts and Dramatic Arts

Creativity and social interaction are encouraged throughout all programs. Our goal is to encourage children to become lifelong learners.

An integral part of all licensed YMCA early learning child care across Canada since 2007, YMCA Playing to Learn™ aligns with all provincial early learning frameworks adopted to date and is based on research and evidence that shows play is the most effective way that children learn and gain new skills.

  • Registration Fee: $25.00 (one-time fee)
  • Cost: $10 per day
  • Caregiver Ratio: 1:5

How to Register your Child(ren) For Child Care

Contact the Child Care Director for an application at 709-489-7413. Please note that completing the application does not guarantee your child a spot or mean they are registered, it will add their name to the waitlist. When a spot becomes available and you are next on the list, you will be contacted.

Child Care Frequently Asked Questions

What should my child wear?2023-11-07T10:48:49-03:30

We advise that children dress in comfortable, wash and wear clothing, as we do lots of messy activities. Each child is required to have a change of clothing with their name attached to be left in the child’s bag and replenished whenever necessary. Please dress your child appropriately for the weather each day. Outdoor play is a part of our program. Proper outdoor clothing for each season is essential.

What if my child has allergies?2023-11-07T10:44:31-03:30

All center guidelines relating to a child’s allergies are to be strictly adhered to. Allergy information will be included in your registration package (if applicable) and you will be kept informed of any changes that may arise in this area.

What if my child needs medication?2023-11-07T10:44:14-03:30

Prescription medication will be administered upon parent’s written instruction and signed permission for the child care staff to do so. Prescription drugs must be in the original container before a staff member can administer it to a child. We cannot administer non-prescription drugs to any child without written consent from a doctor. Fever reducing medication may be administered in the event of an emergency after speaking with the supervisor of the center.

What if my child is sick?2023-11-07T10:41:35-03:30

It is recommended that if a child has a cold or other sickness (such as diarrhea, vomiting or a temperature) that they be kept home for the duration of the illness. A communicable disease can spread very quickly throughout the center. A high temperature in a child can elevate very quickly, and we do not want to take related emergency measures in your absence.

Can my child bring toys from home?2023-11-07T10:41:01-03:30

We prefer that children do not bring toys from home. Toys can get broken and cause unnecessary upset. If your child has a special toy that will help during the initial adjustment to the center, we will certainly make allowances. There will be show and share days throughout the year when children can bring in something special from home.

What happens on school closures?2023-11-07T10:41:09-03:30

Our child care centers do not automatically close based on the schools decision. In the case of severe storms and/or other emergencies, we will decide to close. Announcements will be made, and there will be no fee deduction for these closures.

More Information About Our Child Care Services

Looking for nurturing care for your child? At the YMCA, we have numerous child care programs for varying age levels that will enhance your child’s social, intellectual, physical and emotional development.


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