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Child Care Programs

The YMCA of Cumberland offers a variety of childcare programs for all ages, these programs take place at our

three childcare locations throughout Cumberland County.

Child Care

This program has been designed to encourage socialization with age appropriate activities. Children develop skills at their own pace in areas of creative activities, fine motor, music, movement, science, language development, etc. Outdoor play is a daily event and use of the gym and swimming pool occurs on a weekly basis. Our aim is to provide a program where the child feels safe, happy, stimulated and well cared for in an environment designed to help them learn through play.

Developed in 2001 by a team of child care experts at the YMCA of Greater Toronto, our YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum prepares children ages 0-6 for school and life-long achievement by nurturing their curiosity and development in the most natural way possible…through play!

An integral part of all licensed YMCA early learning child care across Canada since 2007, YMCA Playing to Learn aligns with all provincial early learning frameworks adopted to date and is based on research and evidence that shows play is the most effective way that children learn and gain new skills. 

Amherst: YMCA Early Learning Centre (92 Church St)
Ages: 6months - 5years
Days & Times: Monday - Friday / 6:30am - 6:30pm

Preschool & Kindergarten

Preschool focuses on socialization with age appropriate activities offered in a play based setting. Children develop skills at their own pace, make decisions, solve problems and most importantly enjoy the process of learning. Our aim is to provide a program where the child feels safe, happy, stimulated and satisfied. Our program provides children with gym & swim time and field trips in our community.

Kindergarten focuses on the development of the child, physically, intellectually and socially in an inviting environment. Children develop skills at their own pace, make decisions, solve problems, following directions, and most importantly, enjoying the process of learning through play. Our program provides children with gym & swim time and field trips in our community. ***All of these programs are for ages 3-5 years.


These programs are combined: 

Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Times: 9:00 - 11:30am
Location: Amherst

School Aged Care
After School Program

YMCA of Cumberland Childcare staff provide a safe and secure learning environment. Age-appropriate activities are planned daily such as gym time, swimming, outings within the community, cooking, art time, group games,outdoor play and more. A healthy snack is provided daily.

Ages: Students from Pre-primary to Grade 6
Time: Afterschool - 5:00pm (5:30 in select locations)
Locations: West Highlands Elementary, Spring Street Academy, Cumberland North Academy and Oxford Regional Education Centre .


Y - Days are held on In-Service & Storm Days, March and Christmas Break. A structured day full of fun activities, swim and gym time. and are available September through June.

Ages: Students from Pre-primary to Grade 6
Time: 8:30 - 5:30pm
Location: Amherst

Specialty Summer Camp

Throughout July & August, the YMCA of Cumberland offers summer camps. These programs offer a wide variety of activities including day trips, swimming, arts & crafts, cooking and recreational activities including sports and small and large group games. Summer programs are run out of the YMCA Early Learning Center in Amherst.

Ages: Youth Aged 5-12 years old 
Days: Monday - Friday
Time: 8:30 - 5:30pm
Locations: Amherst

Cost: $130 per week 

Specialty Summer Camp Themes for 2024

Registration Opens Online:TBA

July 2-5:  Nuts about Nature (*4 Day Week)

Love being outside? Then this camp is for you. We will spend the week exploring everything nature has to offer. We will learn about different insects, birds, flowers, etc. on our nature walks and bring the outside in.


July 8-12: Mad Science

Interested in making a mess? Enjoy getting your hands dirty? Sounds like a great time, right?! Then join us in pursuing several different experiments and recipes of fun with ooey gooey mess making and exploration of icky sticky grossness. Dress for mess will be your best success!


July 15-19: Artful Antics

Recycling isn’t just putting your tin cans and bottles to the curbside for pick up. This week is all about DIY mini projects where things will come to life with your imagination!  We will be engaging in some crafts, using all kinds of material to make wonderful creations, and perform attractive craftsmanship.


July 22-26: Games Galore

Do you like a good competition? Can you be a team player? Then join us for a week of friendly competition, from inside to outside, from left to right, from up to down, we will be playing games all around. Prepare yourself for some grand adventure fun using your knowledge, strength, speed, hand-eye coordination, and talents to score points for your team! This camp requires sneakers as daily footwear to ensure the completion of physical activities/competitions can be done safely.

July 29-Aug 2: Movin N' Groovin

Don’t think you can dance? Well get ready to shake and groove as you learn some new dance moves through out the week. End the week with a dance recital in the gym.


August 6-9: Splish Splash (*4 Days Only)

Ready to get wet? Grab your bathing suit and towel and join us for a week of water fun.  Come help, participate in various water games, and create beautiful works of sand and water art.


August 12-16: Under the Big Top

Ready for some, Old Fashioned Carnival fun?! This week we will be constructing games to host a Carnival of our own. There will be various team building and independent jobs to work together to bring this wonderful experience to life.


August 19-23: Tiny Chefs

Who doesn’t love to eat?! This camp will bring some math and science skills to life through cooking as we measure, cut, level, pour, stir, mix, and create some scrumptious treats and sacks. No need to remember it all, because at the end of the week you can take home a book of recipes we make to share with your family!



Please Note the Following:

- Fitness breaks are a part of all our specialty camps to ensure that participants are staying active!

- Lunch and snacks are not included with specialty camps.

For more information or questions about Summer Camps,

please email or call 902-667-4724.

Babysitting Course

This YMCA program prepares youth with the necessary skills to look after infants, toddlers and children. This includes diaper changes, bottle feeding, basic food preparation, safety in the home, responsibilities as a care giver, basic first aid, games and activities as well as emergency situation protocol.


Ages: 11-14
Courses: February 17th, 2024- Amherst  

Register here:

Time: 9:00 - 3:00pm

March 23rd, 2024- Wentworth

Register here:
Time: 10:00 - 4:00pm


Locations: Amherst/ Wentworth
*** Registration is required.

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