Child Care

Ages 12 months – 5 years

YMCA Infant/Toddler Child Care programs offer environments that are safe and stimulating, with caring, supportive caregivers who understand what makes your child special.

Choosing a child care provider is a big decision: you want your baby or toddler to be nurtured and cared for as well as you would do yourself. Our YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum provides your little one with a chance to learn and grow through creative play, helping them get ready for a lifetime of learning. This national play-based curriculum combines our decades of experience in child care delivery with the latest body of knowledge on how the brain develops and how children learn.

Kids need a whole community to grow up strong — and when infants and toddlers grow up healthy, our whole community gets stronger. Our programs provide young children with the care and support they need to reach their full potential.

We offer Infant Care/Child Care at the Saint John Regional Y and Early Learning Centre, Millidgeville Community Centre and the Irving Oil Field House Field House. All of our child care and after school locations are licensed facilities.

To register, please fill out the registration form below and contact the centre you wish to register with.

Playing  To Learn Curriculum

Research has shown that the first six years of development are the most crucial years for children’s learning, behaviour, and health. Over time and with ample research, the YMCA has developed a curriculum to support children’s growth in each of these areas.

Our YMCA Playing to Learn Curriculum focuses on learning through play with a particular emphasis on developing child/educator relationships, the classroom environment, and program planning. Our educators use a planning process that involves observing the children at play, documenting these observations, and reflecting on what they have observed in order to extend the children’s learning with the new activities they plan.

Activities are planned in each of the following academic learning categories: Language and Literacy, Visual and Dramatic Arts, Music and Movement, Math and Science, and Gross Motor/Outdoor Skills.

To register your child for our Child Care program, please contact the site supervisor of the facility you would like them to attend.

The Regional Y offers child care for kids from 12 months to 12 years old. Children have access to private playgrounds, a large gym, pool time, and a large multipurpose room filled with activities for them to discover and explore. There are school bus stops for Centennial, Hazen White-St. Francis, Princess Elizabeth, Millidgeville North, and M. Gerald Teed at the entry of the Y. Afternoon snacks are provided for children enrolled in After School programs. Morning and afternoon snacks and lunch are provided to kids in our Child Care program.

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191 Churchill Boulevard
Saint John, NB E2K 3E2
Contact Tracey Miller | t.miller@saintjohny.ca | +1-506-646-2384

At the Irving Oil Field House, we provide child care for kids between the ages of 12 months and 12 years. Children have access to indoor and outdoor tracks, indoor fields, a hockey floor, a multipurpose room, and an all-natural playground and green space that includes a pond and bird-watching. Children are brought to the Field House by bus from Glen Falls. Transportation from Forest Hills is coming soon. Afternoon snacks are provided. Morning and afternoon snacks and lunch are provided to kids in the Child Care program.

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129 McAllister Drive
Saint John, NB E2J 2S7
Contact Heather Oldfield | h.oldfield@saintjohnY.ca | +1-506-717-4079

At the Early Learning Centre, we provide care for children who are 12 months to twelve years old. Our facility provides access to a gym, computer lab, theatre, and our own private playground. We have strong partnerships with the Family Resource Centre, which offers many parenting courses and playgroups. We also partner with PULSE on many programs, such as the Backpack program to provide healthy meals, recipes, and books for families. Rainbow Park and the Splash Pad are within walking distance, both of which are great for the warmer months. This playground is completely inclusive and equipment is wheelchair accessible. An afternoon snack is provided. Morning and afternoon snacks and lunches are provided to kids registered in our Child Care program.

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210 Wentworth Street
Saint John, NB E2L 1W3
Contact Christina Scott | c.scott@saintjohny.ca | +1-506-646-2106

The Millidgeville Community Centre offers child care for children between the ages of two and 12. Here, they have access to a gym with full equipment, including ball hockey, pickleball, and a rock-climbing wall. The site also offers two playgrounds and acres of green space for children to explore. Child Care and After School program children participate in activities with the Shannex to foster community relationships. We provide morning care, child care, and after school care for children attending  M. Gerald Teed and Millidgeville North schools. Children will spend a least two hours per day outside for Child Care and one hour outside for After School programs. An afternoon snack is provided. Morning and afternoon snacks and lunches are provided to children registered in our Child Care program.

A youth program is open in the evenings for children ages five to 12 to participate in activities, including tutoring, Kids in the Kitchen, science club, and ball hockey.

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99 Daniel Avenue
Saint John, NB E2K 4P3
Contact Sarah Caldwell | s.caldwell@saintjohny.ca | +1-506-632-6157