Four new YMCA Child Care Centres open for back to school
YMCA Northumberland continues to help busy parents by opening four new YMCA Child Care Centres to provide affordable, fully licensed before and after school child care. Officially opened on September 6, 2016, the new YMCA Child Care Centres will operate out of local elementary schools, North Hope Public School in Campbellcroft, Northumberland Hills Public School in Castleton, Percy Centennial Public School in Warkworth and St. Anthony’s Catholic School in Port Hope.
Each new YMCA Child Care Centre will continue to embrace YMCAs nationally recognised curriculum, YMCA Playing to Learn, which is built on the importance and value of play for young children.
“We are very excited to be opening four new child care centres,” says Debbie Brown, manager of child care at YMCA Northumberland. “Many parents rely on a place for their child to stay before and after school. It is important to us to provide a safe and convenient environment for those families during the school year so children can continue to play, grow and learn.”
“Every year, our goal is to serve more individuals and families across Northumberland County,” says Eunice Kirkpatrick, executive director of YMCA Northumberland. “By expanding our child care services, we can continue to support families and ensure every child has access to quality, lisenced child care.”
YMCA Child Care is provided at a daily rate of $13 per child for before school child care, $16 per child for after school child care or $24 per child for before and after school child care. Full-day child care is also available on P.A. days and holidays. Subsidies are available for families in need of financial assistance through Northumberland County’s Children’s Services.
YMCA Northumberland is the largest child care provider in Northumberland County, operating 17 Child Care Centres now with locations in Campbellford, Grafton, Port Hope, Baltimore, Cobourg, Camborne, Brighton, Gores Landing, Castleton, Campbellcroft and Warkworth. A recent satisfaction survey indicated a 92 percent satisfaction rate among parents/guardians, and 94 percent would recommend YMCA Child Care services.
About YMCA Playing to Learn Curriculum
The YMCA has been involved in shaping the development of the provincial early learning framework by sharing YMCA Playing to Learn and our training materials to support educators in implementing a play-based approach. Originating through resources from the YMCA of GTA, YMCA Northumberland has instilled curriculum goals and approaches to each child care centre in the County to ensure each child can reach his or her full potential.
YMCA curriculum goals and approaches:
1) Promoting health, safety, nutrition and well‐being
2) Supporting relationships
3) Encouraging children to interact, communicate and self‐regulate
4) Fostering exploration, play and inquiry
5) Providing child‐initiated and adult‐supported experiences
6) Planning learning environments to support every child’s learning
7) Incorporating indoor, outdoor, active, rest and quiet activities
8) Fostering engagement and communication with parents
9) Involving community partners
10) Supporting educators’ continuous professional learning.