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

three childcare locations throughout Cumberland County.

Child Care Programs
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


This program is focused 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.

Ages: 2 1/2 - 3years
Days: Tuesday & Thursday
Times: 9:00 - 11:00am
Location: Amherst


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 4-5 years.


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

School Aged Care
After School Program

Cumberland YMCA 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 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 Primary to Grade 6
Time: 8:30 - 5:30pm
Location: Amherst

Summer Programs

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: Students from Primary to grade 6
Days: Monday - Friday
Time: 8:30 - 5:30pm
Locations: Amherst

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
October, March & June
Time: 9:00 - 3:00pm
Locations: Amherst
*** Registration is required.


YMCA OF CUMBERLAND - Charitable registration number 119307007RR0001