Enriching the Lives of Children

Child Development Centre

The YWCA Child Development Centre is a fully licensed childcare facility designed to provide a safe, healthy, and enjoyable place for children. The goal of the centre is to complement a child’s home experiences, not to replace them, by providing a warm, caring program which concentrates on the needs of young children, and which involves parents in their child’s experiences at the Child Care Centre.

The Child Development Centre is committed to providing services to children from all cultural, ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Children learn the beauty and value of each individual and develop tolerance and mutual respect for the differences in people.

For a more detailed explanation of our policies and procedures, please see our Parent Manual.

Program Details

The staff members implement and evaluate programming based on the children’s developmental interests and abilities. Programs in each room use circle time, field trips, outdoor play, crafts, multicultural weeks, and more, to provide the children with beneficial experiences for the development of social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills.

The children are divided into the following age groups:

Pandas 18-30 months (10 children to 2 staff)
Bunnies 2-3 ½ years (16 children to 2 staff)
Koalas 3-4 ½ years (18 children to 2 staff)
Chipmunks 4-6 years (18 children to 2 staff)

Racoons from 12:00 – 2:00pm for children in the koala and chipmunk room who no longer nap.

*Space is limited in the Racoon time and there is often a waiting list. If you no longer want your child to nap, please let the office know so we can add your child to the waiting list.

School Age Children 

Once your child is the age to attend kindergarten, you have the option to send him/her to North Park Wilson School for the afternoon class. This is the only school that we have transportation to for kindergarten students. The centre will be responsible for taking the kindergarten children out to the bus and meeting the bus when the children return to the centre. If North Park Wilson is not your kindergarten choice, a parent is responsible for transporting the child to and from the school chosen. 

Sample Daily Schedule

7:30 Centre Opens ­all children in the Koala Room
8:15 All children go to their own rooms
8:30 Snack Time
9:00 Free Play/Art/Outside Time/Gym Time/Sensory Exploration/Circle Time (Songs, Stories, Fingerplays)
11:15 Lunch
12:00 Children Nap or Go to Raccoons (no-­napping group)
2:15 Snack
2:30 Free Play/Art/Outside Time/Gym Time/Sensory Exploration
5:00 All children join together in the Koala Room for the end of the day activities
5:50 Centre Closes

*This is a typical day in the centre. The times are approximate and subject to change. Also, each room has their own schedule that they follow in more detail.*