The YMCA's are Canada largest child care provider, and with 5 locations within Moose Jaw, we know the early years are when the seeds of future success are planted.
That’s why our programs are based on a curriculum that fosters the physical, mental and social development of your child. Here you'll find caring and dedicated staff who love to make each day special for your child.
With our dedication to offering high-quality, research-based programs that are fun and enriching for your child, there are many reasons why YMCA Child Care is different including:
WE EMBRACE THE POWER OF PLAY
Research has shown that play is the natural way children learn and this serves as the foundation for all YMCA Child Care programs. When children play, they are having fun, exploring their interests and therefore spend longer on a task. Most importantly, they are trying new things, using their imagination, problem solving and developing new skills. Our programs and centres are designed to allow children to participate in independent or small group play while YMCA educators support their learning.
OUR EARLY LEARNING AND CARE CURRICULUM FOR CHILDREN 0-6 YEARS
An integral part of all licensed YMCA Early Learning and Care, is our YMCA's Playing to Learn Curriculum which, prepares children ages 0-6 for school and life-long achievement. The curriculum 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. All YMCA childcare's within Moose Jaw have met and passed YMCA Canada's Playing to Learn Assessments and are certified Playing to Learn Centers.
WE’RE DRIVEN BY THE CHILD’S INTERESTS, NOT TEACHER-LED
In the YMCA Playing to Learn curriculums, there are no pre-determined lesson plans. What happens in each program is driven by what children are showing an interest in at any given time and staff will work with the children to grow their interest and learning about the topic. Materials, props and activities are introduced to enhance these experiences providing opportunities for learning and development.
ACCOUNTABILITY OF YMCA EDUCATORS
Warm, caring and dedicated, our staff have a passion for nurturing each child’s potential. They are qualified professionals and lifelong learners themselves, supported through ongoing in-house training. Our staff are held accountable for the implementation of our curriculum, our standards for communicating with parents and adherence to YMCA policies and procedures, including child protection policies. All staff are required to submit criminal records checks.
UNDERSTANDING THE POWER OF COMMUNICATION
We understand that making the decision to leave your children at a child care centre is a big one- that is why we are committed to providing you with information on their day through various forms including face to face communication, documention on the walls and for our little people- daily journals. If at anytime, you should have questions regarding your child's day our educated and friendly staff will kindly answer them.