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Raise healthy, resilient kids with support from Y Child Care

Our Child Care centres are a home away from home- an inclusive community where kids can have fun, find support, make friends and reach their full potential. There's no job more important in the world than being a parent. But when it's not your only job, our YMCA Child Care programs are here for your family.

Critical learning takes place in the first six years of a child’s life– that requires a nurturing and caring environment. Our Child Care programs focus on high quality, safety, and affordability, providing an environment that helps kids feel at home, learning and growing in a welcoming, safe and stimulating atmosphere.


What sets YMCA Child Care apart

YMCA Playing to Learn™ Curriculum

Our child care programs for ages 0–5 follow this research-based curriculum that was developed by child care experts across Canada and is evaluated utilizing the BC Ministry of Education’s Early Learning Framework.

Learn more about Playing to Learn

Highly-trained ECE’s

All child care team members receive ongoing professional development which is key to ensuring the highest quality of care while utilizing our Playing to Learn™ Curriculum.

Safety

Our advanced Child Protection Policy, implemented throughout our organization, ensures we are consistently safeguarding the welfare of children in our care, and in all YMCA programs and services.

Y Financial Support

As a charity, we are able to offer YMCA Financial Assistance above and beyond government subsidy, thanks to generous donors. The Y believes no family should be turned away from quality child care because of an inability to pay.

Learn more about financial support

The Y is a charity

As a charity, all our revenue is reinvested back into our community through YMCA health programs, child care centres, community initiatives, and programs designed to strengthen our community and build healthy families.

Learn more about our charitable impact


Our 3–5 Years programs follow a child to staff ratio of 1:8, and our Infant and Toddler program follows a child to staff ratio of 1:4. Babies are provided with individual, customized schedules for feeding and napping. Children spend time outside each day and are provided with healthy snacks.

Children belong, grow, thrive and lead in YMCA Child Care—that makes for confident kids today and contributing, engaged adults in the future. We believe strengthening our community starts with helping kids reach their potential.

As a charity, we work hard to ensure quality affordable care is accessible to all and make no profit from any of our Child Care programs.

Kelowna Child Care
+ Dilworth Mountain YMCA Child Care

We are proud to announce that Dilworth Mountain YMCA Child Care has been accepted to participate in the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative through the Ministry of Children and Families. This means that the fees will be reduced for all families. You'll see the reduced fees listed in the table below. 

Type of Care Days Time Monthly Fee Reduced Fee
Infant Toddler Monday - Friday 7:30 am–5:00 pm $1300     $950    
3–5 Care Monday–Friday 7:30 am–5:30 pm $950 $850

 

 

 

 

+ Kelowna Secondary School

We are proud to announce that KSS YMCA Child Care has been accepted to participate in the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative through the Ministry of Children and Families. This means that the fees will be reduced for all families. You'll see the reduced fees listed in the table below. 

Type of Care Days Time Monthly Fee Reduced Fee
Infant Toddler Monday - Friday 7:30 am–5:00 pm $1300     $950    
3–5 Care Monday–Friday 7:30 am–5:30 pm $950 $850

 

 

 

 

+ Little Scholars at Okanagan College

Little Scholars is among a small group of child care facilities across the province selected as a Universal Child Care Prototype Site. These sites will test and evaluate funding and operational models that will help move British Columbia towards a universal child care system.

Extended day Preschool is also available at this location.

Type of Care Days Time Reduced Fee
Infant Toddler Monday - Friday 7:30 am–5:00 pm $200  
3–5 Care Monday–Friday 7:30 am–5:30 pm $200

 

 

Penticton Child Care
+ Queen's Park Multi-Age Child Care

We are proud to announce that Queen's Park YMCA Child Care has been accepted to participate in the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative through the Ministry of Children and Families. This means that the fees will be reduced for all families. You'll see the reduced fees listed in the table below. (Note: part-time enrollment will receive a prorated amount.)

Extended day Preschool is also available at this location.

Type of Care Days Time Monthly Fee Reduced Fee
Infant Toddler Monday - Friday 7:30 am–5:00 pm $1300   $950
3–5 Care Monday–Friday 7:30 am–5:30 pm $950 $850

 

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about our upcoming centres, parent information, waitlists, and more.

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Playing to Learn Curriculum

YMCA Playing to Learn™ Curriculum is implemented throughout our Child Care programs for ages 0-6. This research based curriculum was developed by Child Care experts and is utilized and regulated in Y’s across Canada.

Child Care Financial Support

As a charity, the Y believes no family should be turned away because of financial circumstances. Thanks to generous donors, the Y is able to provide financial assistance to families who could not otherwise afford quality child care or Preschool programs.

Work With Children

If you are passionate about working with children, our child care team is always hiring. We are a growing team with great training opportunities, benefits, and a variety of positions to help you grow your career.