As Canada’s largest child care provider, we know childhood is a special time when the seeds of future success are planted. Our programs are based on a curriculum that encourages the physical, mental, and social development of your child.

The health and well-being of your child is at the heart of everything we do. At the Y, you’ll find caring and dedicated staff who love to make every day a special day for your child.

The YMCA of Pictou County offers..

Early Learning Child Care for ages 3 months to 5 years ol

After School Care for ages 5 years old to 12 years old

Child Minding Services

Location

The YMCA of Pictou County Child Care Centre locations:

Centre Tour

We are happy to provide tours of our centres for prospective families. Tours are scheduled to ensure a senior staff member is available to facilitate the tour and to minimize disruption to the daily activities of the children. Please phone the Centre to book your tour.

To book a tour or to find out more information, please contact Child Care Director, Ashley Smith at 902-600-9774 or ashley.smith@pcymca.ca

Child Care Centre

Our licensed child care centres are staffed by professional, qualified and experienced caregivers who apply best practices in healthy child development and play-based learning. Children at the YMCA Child Care Centres participate in play-based learning activities that are developmentally appropriate and prepare them for kindergarten readiness.

Click here to view or download the UPDATED Child Care Parent Handbook 2020

Playing to Learn

Our YMCA follows the national YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum that helps children discover learning through creative play and aligns with primary school benchmarks. YMCA Playing to Learn is intended to ensure a child’s continued enthusiasm and capacity for life-long learning. It provides an understanding of how play offers the foundation for learning to read and write, and for learning mathematics, science and technology. It gives early childhood educators  the skills needed to prepare spaces more conducive to learning and provides best practices to encourage quality learning experiences.

Child Care Centre Fees

Membership Type Age Price Per/Day
Infant 3 months to 18 months $42.00
Toddler 18 months to age 3 $37.00
Per-school 4 years old to 5 years old $34.00
Full time – Monday to Friday

Part time – Monday, Wednesday and Friday or Tuesday and Thursday

Includes morning and afternoon snack, as well as lunch.

Waitlist

The YMCA of Pictou County follows a waitlist process for its Child Care Centre. Families may choose to place their child on the centres waitlist should a space not immediately be available or they are looking for care in the future.

Registration on a waitlist does not guarantee your child the next available space as children of the correct age are placed into the available space.

Location, Hours & Contact

53 High St. New Glasgow, NS B2H 2W7
902-928-8669
7:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m

For more information contact the Centre Director Samantha MacDonald

samantha.macdonald@pcymca.ca or 902-928-8669

Career Opportunities

The new Centre is hiring several positions, including Early Childhood Educators. To view Career Opportunities, please click here.

High Street Child Care Centre

Our licensed child care centres are staffed by professional, qualified and experienced caregivers who apply best practices in healthy child development and play-based learning. Children at the YMCA Child Care Centres participate in play-based learning activities that are developmentally appropriate and prepare them for kindergarten readiness.

Click here to view or download the UPDATED Child Care Parent Handbook 2020

Program

The YMCA follows YMCA Play to Learn © curriculum. To learn more about this curriculum, please click here.

Registration

The YMCA of Pictou County is now taking registration for full-time care. To register your child, please contact Samantha at samantha.macdonald@pcymca.ca or 902-928-8669

Parent Handbook

Click here to view or download the High Street Child Care Parent Handbook.

Location & Hours

Monday – Friday 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • A.G. Baillie Memorial School – In Operation
  • Trenton Elementary – In Operation
  • Walter Duggan Consolidated – CLOSED due to the Pandemic
  • Scotsburn Elementary – In Operation

To find out more information about Y After School Care for your child or school, please contact Tara Gallant at 902-601-0458 or tara.gallant@pcymca.ca

After School Care

End every school day on a healthy note with the YMCA! At the YMCA After School hours program children spend the time after the bell rings developing healthy habits and making new friends.

Our programs combine physical activity and recreation in a structured, supervised group setting to help your child lead an active and healthy life.

Children thrive when everyone feels a sense of belonging, and feel free to explore, learn, and have fun together. And that’s just what you’ll find at YMCA After School Programs.

Fee Structure

  • $16.00 per/day full-time (Five days a week/every week)
  • 10% discount for the second child. (Full time only)
  • $17.50 per/day part-time (Min. two days a week)

Policies

  • Part-time and casual care is only offered, if the space in the program is available. Fees are billed on the first banking day of the month through pre-authorized VISA, MasterCard or bank withdrawal. An NSF policy exists and fees apply.
  • After school sites are closed on non-school days. On in-service days, snow days, and school breaks (summer, March Break and etc.) the YMCA provides a day camp for a fee at its Health, Fitness and Aquatics Centre. Please inquire in advance.

Child Minding Services

It’s not easy for families with young children to find the time to exercise and we want to help by providing free services for our Y members. YMCA child minding programs make it possible for families to stay active together. We provide young children a safe, welcoming environment while adults work out. Our child minding staff and volunteers are trained to care for young children, and are certified in First Aid and CPR.

Hours

Monday – Saturday (Mornings): 8:30 a.m to 12:00 p.m
Monday – Thursday (Evenings): 4:00 p.m to 7:30 p.m
Sundays & Holidays: Not Available