YMCA of Southwest Nova Scotia

Child Care

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

A warm and welcoming environment for children of all abilities.

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 curriculum at our Licensed Child Care Centres.

We Offer: Optimal learning experiencesA warm, friendly, and safe environmentEncouragement for your child to be themselvesOur signature YMCA Playing to Learn CurriculumInclusive ProgrammingNutritious, healthy morning snacks and lunch Outdoor play at our onsite playgroundOutings 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

YMCA Child Care operates with consistent best practices and standards across the country. We employ qualified educators who fulfill our high expectations for program delivery. 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; the YMCA adheres to, or in many cases exceeds, requirements.

 They are also inspected annually to confirm compliance by Ministry standards. 

Our dedicated staff have personal qualities of friendliness, warmth, and the ability to relate openly to children. The staff are certified by an Early Childhood Education training facility and have appropriate First Aid training. We also strive to have our substitute teachers and program volunteers appropriately trained.

All staff, substitutes and volunteers are screened through the Child Abuse registry and police checks.

Our objectives & Philosophy:

  • Social acceptance by developing an understanding of each other’s needs and feelings.
  • Emotional health by developing a positive self-image and respect for individual differences.
  • Intellectual ability by developing each person’s enthusiasm for testing his or her own abilities.
  • Physical health by developing a positive attitude toward physical activity and hygiene.


We build strong kids, strong families and strong communities through programs that teach the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. We believe that children are never too young to learn that character counts!

The philosophy of the our YMCA Child Care Centres is to provide support to parents and to promote the development of the whole child by providing a carefully planned, age appropriate, stimulating and child-centred play environment.

A variety of opportunities will be provided to ensure effective communication between parents and our teachers:

  • Daily communication and feedback
  • Daily journals
  • Monthly newsletters
  • Written reports

After School & Child Care Locations

YMCA Daycare

YMCA Infant Care

The Y Clubhouse

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.

Download the 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.

Membership Assistance

We are committed to eliminating financial barriers and providing everyone the opportunity to participate in YMCA programs and services. A YMCA financially assisted membership offers access to the same facilities, programs, and services at a reduced rate.