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YMCA Child Care Centres

The YMCA Child Care Centres works to ensure that every child has the ability to fulfill their potential.

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Purdy’s Wharf Child Care Centre

Nestled in the heart of downtown Halifax, our YMCA Purdy’s Wharf Child Care Centre offers unsurpassed views of the scenic Halifax Harbour.

Location

1969 Upper Water Street Purdy’s Wharf Tower II, Suite 207 B3J 3R7

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Contact Information:

Phone: (902) 492-3622 Option 1
[email protected]

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Fall River Early Learning Child Care Centre

The YMCA in the desired community of Fall River welcomes you and your family to the new Early Learning Child Care Centre. Offering an environment of belonging, inclusion and diversity, your child will be calling their new Centre their home away from home.

Location

3060 Highway # 2, Fall River, Nova Scotia, B2T 1J5

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Contact Information:

Phone: (902) 492-3622 Option 1
[email protected]

Meet our Child Care Team!

At the Y, we believe that play is the primary way in which children learn.

That’s why our dedicated Early Childhood Educators implement our acclaimed YMCA Playing to Learn™️ Curriculum at our Licensed Child Care Centres. 

We offer:

  • Optimal learning experiences
  • A warm, friendly, and safe environment
  • Encouragement for your child to be themselves and learn at their own pace
  • Our signature, child-led YMCA Playing to Learn Curriculum that encourages your child to discover learning through creative play
  • Inclusive Programming
  • Nutritious, healthy morning snacks and lunch made fresh by our Child Care Cook
  • Outdoor play at our onsite playground and terrace
  • Outings and plenty of fresh air with visits to local parks and community spaces
  • A peanut-free environment
  • Open communication and daily parent journals through the Weemarkable App
  • Low child-Early Childhood Educator ratios
  • Living elements (ex. plants, fish, natural light) in all rooms to stimulate your child’s thinkin
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YMCA Child Care operates with consistent best practices and standards across the country. 

All YMCA Child Care programs are licensed under Early Learning and Child Care Act and with regular evaluation to ensure quality in Child Care practices. They are also inspected annually to confirm compliance by Ministry standards. 

Infant Program

Designed for children 3 months to 2 years

Program Features: Indoor and outdoor exploration, songs and stories, discovering creative and sensory materials, imitation play, and lots of time for cuddles!

✓ Small group ratio of 1:4, with a maximum group size of 10, to ensure children receive the continuous support they need all day long

✓ Educators communicate new developments and milestones with parents every day through our Weemarkable app, including their infant’s sleep times, eating patterns, and diapering schedules

✓ Families will have the opportunity to meet with educators to review their child’s progress and work together to create a customized schedule that matches each family’s style. ​

Toddler Program

Designed for children 1.5 to 3 years

Program features: Exploring the indoors and outdoors, music and movement, discovering creative and sensory material, puzzles, stories, blocks, dramatic play and learning to play with others!

✓ Small group ratio of 1:6, with a maximum group size of 18

✓ Follows a flexible group schedule where each child’s sleep, eating, and diapering times are documented

✓ Staff use our Weemarkable app to share detailed recaps of each child’s day, including new developments made and milestones achieved

✓ Families will have the opportunity to meet with educators to review their child’s progress and discuss any concerns they may have

Preschool Program

Designed for children 3 to 5 years

Program Features: Exploring the indoors and outdoors, introductory 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!

✓ Small group ratios of 1:8, with a maximum group size of 24

✓ Follows a flexible group schedule which is catered to the children’s interests at the time

✓ Families will have the opportunity to meet with educators to review their child’s progress and discuss any concerns they may have

Child Care Waitlist

We do not have any available spaces in our child care centres at this time. However, you can add your child to our waitlist by filling the form here.

Enter information about your child(ren) and what centre you are looking for, and your planned start date. 

More than one child? Please submit a separate entry for each child on the waitlist form.

Our Mobile Apps

Download Weemarkable YMCA Child Care App

Weemarkable is the window into your little one’s day, from wherever you are. It keeps your mind at ease with the ability to access important childcare notices, photos, milestones, educator observations, menu information and direct to educator messaging with just a tap.

Learn more about Weemarkable – YMCA Child Care App  Watch the Video:

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