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Childcare Centers


The essential concern of the YMCA Child Development Centres is to ensure the well being and safety of every child in our care. We will provide a loving, warm environment in which the children are free to develop as individuals. Through a variety of enriching programs, we will endeavor to assist the children in their explorations around them.


  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Trained staff in early childhood development
  • Trained staff in CPR and First Aid
  • Staff follow the YMCA “Playing to Learn” program planning
  • Natural, shady and fenced outdoor play areas
  • Programs that develop the child’s spirit, mind, and body
  • Transportation to North Park Wilson for our English stream and Ecole River Heights for our French stream Kindergarten aged children attending the Downtown location and accompaniment to Sutherland School for our Kindergarten aged children attending the Sutherland location
  • FREE YMCA memberships for children enrolled in the child development centres
  • Access to government subsidy and early childhood professionals


a.      To provide quality care for the children in a positive, guided, pleasant and child directed atmosphere.

b.      To meet the needs and interests of the children by providing a variety of activities that develops social, emotional, cognitive and gross motor abilities. 

c.       To allow children to make choices and have a less formally structured environment in which to enhance their creativity, self-concept and self-esteem. 

d.      To direct children to be responsible for their actions and for the consequences of such actions and to show the children a non-violent solution to their problems, conflicts and issues. 

e.      To employ Early Childhood Educators who are qualified and educated in Early Childhood Education as well as First Aid/CPR. This ensures the children receive high quality care, nurturing, appropriate guidance and social interaction.

Where do I Start?

You must take into consideration your child's social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development as well as his/her personality to find the best care for your child. Beyond your child's needs, it is important to consider your own! Ask yourself the following questions. Use the answers to help you choose the proper care for you and your child. 

Identifying your child’s needs:

Is your child very active? Does s/he need a lot of structured play?
Does your child do better with only one or two caregivers?
Does your child have diverse needs? For example, special physical, emotional, language needs.
Does your child seem happier with children of his/her own age or with children of different ages?

What are the five most important things you want for your child when s/he is in the care of someone else? (e.g. type of discipline, type of play, emphasis on literacy, emphasis on interaction with others.)

Identifying your needs:

Do you require care before 7:30 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m.?
Do you require full-time, part-time, or on-call care?
Do you want care close to your work or close to your home?
Do you have two or more children that you want to be together in care?



Early Years Matter

The YMCA of Saskatoon is an enthusiastic participant in the Saskatoon Early Years Partnership -- a leadership team of Early Years, Parenting and Community Professionals dedicated to the investment in children, our future.

It's strategic aim is that by 2018, 82% of Saskatoon and Region children in kindergarten will score ‘ready’ for the transition to school (no delays in any of the 5 EDI domains – 2012 baseline at 70%), AND by 2020, 90% of Saskatoon and Region children will score ready for transition to school. The three areas of focus are: parenting supports and education; mental health and well-being of children and their families; quality, universal, affordable, developmentally and culturally appropriate childcare. (


 Early Years Matter video


Frequently Asked Questions

When do the children nap?
The children who require naps have rest time from 12:20 – 2:15 each day. Napping requirements are different for each child, and some children require shorter nap times or less frequent naps (one every 2 or 3 days). Children who do not need to nap have the option to have a shorter quiet time, and then participate in quiet free play activities.

Do parents need to supply meals and snacks?
All snacks and meals are provided on site. Our meal plan includes a light breakfast, hearty lunch, and afternoon snack. Our menu is designed with the nutritional needs of children in mind, and we aspire to serve nutritious meals that the children will enjoy, offering a wide array of fruits, vegetables and whole grain breads and pastas. Parents of children with special dietary needs are required to provide meals and snacks from home if the child is not able to eat the food that is provided at the centre.

Why do you have pets in your centres?
The program in a YMCA childcare centre is implemented with a living curriculum in mind, which includes live plants and animals. These elements help to create the calm, homelike environments that we strive for. Centres may have living creatures such as fish, guinea pigs or small reptiles that the children help care for. Centre staff members are sensitive to children’s allergies, and if a child’s health has the potential to be negatively affected by certain animals, the animals are moved to a different room or centre.

Is there part-time, casual or drop in care?
Our centres accept children in full time spaces. Due to a high demand for our spaces, drop in and casual care is not available. During the summer months, we may have spaces available that are vacated temporarily by families that do not require summer care. These spaces may be available on a monthly basis.

What if my child will be away for a while?
We always appreciate knowing in advance if children will be away. However, if your account remains in good standing, you will not lose your spot if you are away. Full childcare fees apply, even if you will be away.

When are fees due?
Childcare fees are due at the beginning of each month of care.

How can payment be made?
All of our YMCA Childcare Centres accept payment through preauthorized bank withdrawal or preauthorized charge to Visa or Mastercard.  

Do I get a free YMCA membership or swimming lessons?
Every child enrolled in a YMCA Saskatoon Child Development Centre is eligible for a free YMCA child membership.

How do you manage difficult behavior in children?
The behaviour management techniques that our YMCA educators use with young children will vary depending the child’s age, personality and the circumstances surrounding the behavior. Children may be redirected in their play, or may be asked to join a staff member in a quiet place to calm down. A child will never be punched, slapped, spanked, shaken or bitten by a staff member, even if the parent requests that these techniques be used to manage the child’s behavior. If you have concerns or questions about how to help support your child’s behavior, please speak with our qualified staff members.

How do I enroll my child
Start by contacting your preferred centre. Some age groups have lengthy waiting lists, and by knowing your childcare needs in terms of times of day you require care and the ages of your children, we can do our best to ensure you can access childcare as soon as possible. 

Where do Kindergarten kids go to school?

English students will be bused to:
North Park Wilson
1505 9th Ave N
French students will be bused to:
Ecole River Heights
60 Ravine Dr
We recommend they go to the afternoon classes, so the children eat lunch with us and then a bus will come and pick them up in front of the YMCA and then bring them back to the YMCA after school.