Queen's Park YMCA Child Care centre

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The YMCA of Okanagan is pleased to announce that it will be expanding its child care services into the Penticton marketplace in Spring 2019, with a new multi-age child care centre at the Queen’s Park Elementary School. The facility, which opens March 4, 2019, will offer 59 new spaces for children aged 6 weeks to 12 years, including infant/toddler, 3-5 years, preschool, out of school care, as well as camps for 5- to 12-year-olds.

“With a growing demand for quality child care throughout the Okanagan, we are thrilled to be expanding our reach to the Penticton community to help fulfil the child care needs of local families” says Danielle Miranda, General Manager, Child Care for the YMCA of Okanagan. “The new Queen’s Park location will offer our Playing to Learn programs, which are unique to the YMCA and designed to ensure a child’s continued enthusiasm and capacity for lifelong learning. Our centres offer small group ratios, providing children both the freedom to explore, and the one-on-one support they need from our skilled early childhood educators.” 

The Queen’s Park YMCA Child Care centre will feature indoor and outdoor spaces that use natural elements, including neutral wall colors, wood, plants, stepping stones, paths and more. This will create an engaging, safe space, while inspiring healthy activity, optimal development and encouraging children to explore their individual interests.
As a charity dedicated to helping local children and families thrive, the YMCA of Okanagan provides affordable, safe, quality child care that is accessible to all through its financial assistance program. Qualifying families may apply for financial assistance from the Y and the Affordable Child Care Benefit from the provincial government. YMCA Child Care centres also participate in the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative. Once the Queen’s Park centre is approved, this will lower the cost of care for all parents.
Following its mission to build healthier communities, the YMCA has been responding to the needs of Penticton for over a decade by providing employment programs and community initiatives, including the YMCA WorkBC Employment Services Centre, Jumpstart Employment Essentials for youth, and Youth Mindfulness groups.

The YMCA Child Care division is currently recruiting for several positions with the Queen’s Park centre, including early childhood educators, before and after school care supervisors. To learn what employment opportunities are currently available, visit ymcaokanagan.ca/careers.

For more information about how to register your child, please contact the YMCA’s Child Care Administrator at childcare@ymcaokanagan.ca.