The YMCA of Pictou County is no longer accepting additions to our early years (ages 0-4 years) waitlists.  All of our Child Care Centre’s remain at capacity with a waitlist of over 300 families.

We understand the difficulty in securing care within our county and hope to be able to accommodate your family better in the future. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

If you wish to go on a waitlist for After School Care (ages 5-12) please contact the Director at 902-752-0207

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.


Play to Learn

At the YMCA, we recognize the importance in children learning through play. Our early childhood educators apply developmentally appropriate practice through our YMCA Playing to Learn Curriculum to help prepare children as they move into their school environments.

Our YMCA Playing to Learn™ Curriculum offers children an opportunity to:

  • Develop their confidence, self-direction and self-regulation
  • Use play as the primary learning medium
  • Learn literacy, numeracy, arts, science, and more
  • Build the skills necessary for a smooth transition into primary school

Visit here for more information on our YMCA Playing to Learn™ Curriculum.

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.


  • Pictou County Wellness Centre – 2756 Westville Road, New Glasgow
  • High Street – 53 High Street, New Glasgow

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities, when available, can be found on our job posting page.  please click here.

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.


  • $11.90 per day full time or part time

Location & Hours

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

  • A.G. Baillie Memorial School
  • Antigonish Education Centre
  • Dr. W. A. MacLeod Consolidated
  • Scotsburn Elementary
  • Trenton Elementary
  • Walter Duggan Consolidated


  • Part-time and casual care is only offered, if the space in the program is available. Fees are billed between the 23rd and 25th of each month prior to service 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.

Contact Us

Pictou County Wellness Centre Location

Janice Manning
Child Care Director

High Street

Shelbie Gerrior
Child Care Director

After School Programs

Amanda Davidson
After School Program Director

St. FX Early Years Antigonish Location

Kim Cormier
Child Care Director