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Dilworth Mountain YMCA Child Care Centre
When will this location open?

August 16, 2021.

Will there be Infant and toddler care?

Yes, we are licensed for 12  children aged 0-3.

Will there be 3 – 5 Years care?

Yes, are licensed for 25 spots for children age 3-5.

Will there be a Preschool program?

Yes, Preschool starts in the Fall of 2021 with 4 classes. Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday and Thursday Parents and caregivers can choose either morning session or an afternoon session. 

Will there be before and after school care?

Yes, we are licensed for 24 children. The Before School Care program will run 6:30am to 8:30am and serve students attending Glenmore Elementary and Watson Elementary students.  The After School Care program will run 2:30pm to 6:00pm and pick up is provided for Glenmore Elementary students. 

How do I apply for Dilworth Infant and Toddler care or 3-5 Years care?

For Dilworth Mountain and all YMCA early years child care locations (0 to 5 years old), all families are placed on one central wait list for all YMCA locations in central Kelowna.  When a space becomes available the families are contacted in order from the top of the list. we will indicate which location has an available space, if you choose to take it we will require further paperwork and registration, if not you may pass and we can either hold your spot for one more opportunity or you may remove yourself from the list (Little Scholars, Kelowna Secondary School or Dilworth Mountain).  

Waitlist Form

YMCA Child Care Centre General Questions
How many centers do you have for children aged 0-5?
  • Queen’s Park Child Care Center- In Penticton 
  • Little Scholars Center – Located at Okanagan College
  • Kelowna Secondary School 
  • Dilworth Mountain YMCA Child Care 
     
What are the days & hours of the licensed child care Early Years programs (0-5 years)?
  • All centers are open from Monday to Friday. 
  • Infant/Toddler program operates 7:30am-5:00pm 
  • 3-5 year the program operates 7:30am -5:30pm. 
  • We currently offer full-time child care spaces.  
     
Do you offer part-time registration?

No – at this time all of our Child care programs operate Monday to Friday

What is the child to staff ratio? We closely follow Interior Health licensing regulations for all child care programs
  • Infant and Toddler child care (0 to 36 months)– a minimum of 1 Early Childhood Educator (ECE) to 4 children (LS only has 8 spots)
  • 3-5 years child care – a minimum of 1 ECE to 8 children 
  • Preschool runs with a ration of 1 ECE to 10 children
     
Does my child/children need to be toilet trained?
  • For programs aged 3 and up as per child care licensing regulations children are required to toilet independently This includes 3-5 year old child care and preschool programs
  • Infant and Toddlers do not need to be potty trained
     
Preschool Programs FAQ
When does Preschool run:
  • For Preschool our programs run Monday/Wednesday/Fridays or Tuesday/Thursday for ages 3-5 years. 
  • We follow the public school calendar and operate from September to June. 
  • Registration opens each February for the upcoming Fall session. 
  • Each preschool location offers different start and end times please check which location best serves your needs.
     
Does my child/children need to be toilet trained?

Yes, we require all children to be able to use the toilet independently 

What is the child to staff ratio?

Preschool 3-5 programs – a minimum of 1 ECE to 10 children as per Interior Health Licensing regulations

Out of School Care Programs FAQ
When does Before School Care and After School Care run?

For Out of School Care our programs require Monday to Friday Registration from September to June. You can register for just Before School Care or After School care and are not required to register for both.  

What is the child to staff ratio?
  • A minimum of 1 Child Care Leader to 12 children for Kindergarten and grade 1’s
  • 1 minimum of 1 child care leader to 15 children for grades 2 and up. 
Where are the programs offered?
  • Before School Care (BSC): 
    • Kelowna Family Y - Bus drops off children who attend Rutland, Belgo and Black Mountain elementary schools 
    • Quigley elementary school– For Quigley students only 
    • Queen’s Park – For students attending Queen’s Park elementary school
    • Dilworth Mountain YMCA Child Care– Bus drops children who attend Watson Elementary and Glenmore Elementary 
  • After School Care (ASC):  
    • Black Mountain – For students attending Black Mountain elementary school 
    • Quigley – For students attending Quigley  Belgo elementary
    • Rose Valley – For students Rose Valley elementary
    • Pearson – For students attending Pearson and Rutland elementary schools
    • Dilworth Mountain –  For students attending Glenmore elementary school
    • Queen’s Park – For students attending Queen’s Park elementary school
What are the hours of out of school care programs?
  • Before School Care: 6:30 am to 8:30 am
  • After School Care: 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
     
Do you offer Spring Break Care and Summer care
  • Yes we offer Spring Break Care and Summer care in Kelowna and in Penticton 
  • Our programs are licensed and parents can apply for government subsidy for these weeks
  • We offer weekly registration for our Spring Break and Summer Care programs
  • Our camps run Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • To be registered in YMCA licensed spring break or summer camp, your child must be entering grades 1-6 in September. If your child has not yet attended kindergarten, you can contact the Kelowna Family Y or the H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre at 250-491-9622 to find out more information on their 3-5 years summer camp programs. 
     
When does Registration Open for Out of School Care?

For the upcoming school year registration opens in the month of April 

Registration & Waitlists
How soon can I be on a waitlist for a Infant/Toddler spot

As soon as you have a due date, you should complete the online waitlist form.  

Waitlist Form

Do I need to pay a deposit for my application to be accepted?
  • No, as of June 1, 2021 we are no longer requiring a deposit to be on the waitlist. 
  • A $50 deposit will be required once your child is registered in the program; this will be applied towards your first month’s program fees.
     
How will I know that I’m on a waitlist?

All applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Simply complete the online waitlist form (one per child) and press submit at the end. This will ensure your child has been added to the waitlist of your choosing. You will be contacted via email as soon as space becomes available in the appropriate program for your child. 

When should I be checking in?
  • When you are on a wait list for Kelowna Early Years Programs (0-5 years), we will contact you once a spot comes available. We will offer the first location that becomes available (Little Scholars, Kelowna Secondary School or Dilworth Mountain).  
  • When you are on the waitlist for Queen’s Park in Penticton. This waitlist is separate and you are contacted based on first come first serve
  • Please note that YMCA Child Care Administrators are no longer able to provide updates regarding waitlist position.
  • There is a 1-3 year waitlist depending on the age of your child.  We are working hard to open more locations to help with the child care shortage that the province and our region is currently experiencing.
     
If I’m on the Infant/Toddler waitlist, what happens when my child turns 3?

Our waitlist procedure automatically moves children as they become of age over to the 3-5 year old child care waitlist

What happens if the program I am applying for is full?

All applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis. If the program is full, your child will be added to the waitlist and you will be contacted via email as soon as space becomes available in the appropriate program for your child.  

Cancellations
Our Policy

30 days notice of cancellation from the 1st day of the month is required in writing via email to the Child Care Administrator at childcare@ymcaokanagan.ca. Any changes or cancellations for September’s month of care must be made prior to August 1st for a full refund.  No cancellations will be processed August 15th – September 15th due to the high volume of registrations. 

For Spring Break and Summer Care
  • 15 days or more prior to the start of care will receive a full refund less a $25.00 administration fee. 
  • Within 8 to 14 days prior to the start of care will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the full fee. 
  • Within 7 days of care will not be refunded unless the withdrawal of the child is due to a family or medical emergency with a provided doctor’s note. 
     
Financial Support
How do I apply for subsidy or Affordable Child Care Benefit?

As a licensed program, families can apply for The Affordable Child Care Benefit (previously called government subsidy) through the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The child care administrators can provide the appropriate forms once your child is successfully registered in one of our programs. 

How do I apply for YMCA Financial Assistance?

The YMCA Financial Assistance for Licensed Child Care will be assessed by a child care administrator and will differ from YMCA Financial Assistance for Memberships. The child care administrators can provide the appropriate forms.  

Financial Assistance 

Did you opt in to the Ministry’s Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative?

Yes, all of our licensed child care programs participate in the Ministry's Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative. 

Kari-Ann and Connor's Story

My four-year-old son, Connor, has always experienced his own unique challenges. Finding long-term child care for him was a struggle. We tried multiple care options, but no one seemed to understand how to best work with him.