What distinguishes us?

The Y’s approach to child care is unique. We believe that ensuring a sound basis for healthy child development and success begins with play, and our child care programs give children exactly that — space to run, dance, jump and explore.

As western Canada’s largest licensed child care provider, the YMCA has been building and operating high-quality child care spaces for decades. This centre will differ from others because it will provide a large outdoor learning environment and always make the outdoors accessible. Playscapes will act as an extension of the classroom, whereby children explore the outdoors to learn science, math, literacy and art, connect with nature and improve their health and wellness in the process.

Every program provides children the opportunity to be active, make friends, have fun and develop confidence.

Furthermore, the health and safety of kids in our care is our top priority. All staff are trained in YMCA Child Protection standards that far surpass licensing regulations.

And finally, what makes the Y truly stand out is that we are a charity that believes financial circustances shouldn't stand in the way of recieving quality care for your child. As a charity, the YMCA of Okanagan has always provided financial assistance to those in need. In addition, with new government supports in place, child care is becoming more affordable. Learn more

At the YMCA, we are helping BC parents raise healthy, resilient children.

  • YMCA Playing to Learn child care curriculum
    YMCA Playing to Learn

    Our qualified and caring Early Childhood Educators follow YMCA Playing to Learn, a national play-based curriculum that helps build capacity for lifelong learning by creating quality learning experiences through play.

  • YMCA: A Place to Connect child care curriculum
    YMCA: A Place to Connect

    YMCA: A Place to Connect is a school-age curriculum for children 5-12 years-old who attend YMCA Before and After School programs. Based on research from a number of fields, this curriculum ensures your child's continued enthusiasm and capacity for lifelong learning.

  • Preschool and Early Care
    Preschool and Early Care (0–5)

    Our licensed child care centres provide high quality care for your children in a stimulating environment so they can learn, grow and thrive. Your child will build a foundation for academic success through the national YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum.

  • School-Age Care
    School-Age Care (5–12)

    It's important for children to have a safe, engaging place to go before and after school. Qualified leaders will keep your child happy, nourished and active with healthy snacks, outdoor play, homework time, field trips, social skill-building games, arts, crafts and more.