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Licensed Child Care

Our YMCA Child Care programs are based on a curriculum that encourages the physical, mental and social development of your child. We create engaging environments where your child will learn, grow, and thrive.

As Canada’s largest child care provider, we create opportunities for children to have fun, learn new things, and most importantly, create a space they look forward to visiting every day. In other words, a home away from home. And that’s what you’ll find at the YMCA.

Through our Early Learning Care and Afterschool Care programs, we are nurturing the development of all children to give them the best start possible. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your child is not only having fun and making new friends, but they’re also developing the skills needed to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Child Care

Aged 6 months to 18 months
Ratio – 1:4

Children explore indoor and outdoor areas, songs and stories, discovery of creative and sensory materials and imaginative play. 

Aged 18 months to 3 years old
Ratio – 1:6

Children explore indoor and outdoor areas, engage in exploration of music and movement, discovery of creative and sensory materials. Children learn through play with blocks, puzzles, dramatic play materials and much more.

Aged 3 – 5 years old
Ratio – 1:8

Children explore indoor and outdoor areas, Children learn through play while engaged in science activities, literacy and mathematical activities. They also learn through dramatic play and gross motor activities while developing social skills and problem solving skills. 

Aged 4 – 12 years old
Ratio – 1:14

Located at Brookland Elementary for children in grade Primary to grade 5. Children explore activities set up in the indoor space and exploration in outdoor areas as well. Children have the opportunity to create with the arts, discover science, engage in mathematical and literacy activities as well as develop social skills, gross motor skills and problem solving skills.

The NS BAP Program is an unlicensed program available for families of children aged 4-12 who are enrolled in the Nova Scotia pre-primary program or the public education system. The program promotes health, wellbeing and a physically active lifestyle by focusing on physical literacy, movement and outdoor play.  

The YMCA operates programs NS BAP Programs at: 

  • Brookland Elementary
  • Harbourside Elementary
  • Glace Bay Elementary

For more information about our childcare programs please call (902) 562-9622 or visit us at the Frank Rudderham YMCA.