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YMCA Child Development Centres in Quarry Park – Kindergarten Transportation

The Remington YMCA Child Development Centre opens July 1 and we anticipate that the Quarry Park Child Development Centre will open mid August 2016.

It has been great fun preparing the spaces to welcome children and we have greatly enjoyed getting to meet families during tours and orientation meetings.

We are excited to announce that bus transportation will be available to Douglasdale School for kindergarten-aged children attending both the Remington YMCA Child Development Centre and the Quarry Park Child Development Centre beginning Fall 2016.

Please contact us for more details:

Remington YMCA – Trisha Skinner, Childcare Director    T 403-351-8287

Quarry Park Child Development Centre – Trudy Halvorsen, Childcare Manager    T 403-351-6688

For more information about YMCA Calgary Child Development Centre please visit our website

 


YMCA Calgary – Celebrating Neighbour Day on June 18!

YMCA Calgary is excited to be joining the vibrant community of Quarry Park in SE Calgary. With two new facilities opening this summer we are busy preparing to welcome new members and participants at both the Remington YMCA and the Quarry Park Child Development Centre.

We can’t wait to meet you and Calgary Neighbour Day gives us a perfect opportunity to say hi to our new neighbours.

When    Saturday, June 18, 2016

Time     10:00am – 1:00pm

Where   Quarry Park Child Development Centre (10702- 18 Street SE)

Please drop by for some family fun. Activities include:

Guided tours of the facility

Play activities for the whole family

Activity sessions to get you moving and shaking

See you on June 18th!

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Quarry Park Child Development Centre – Entrance

 

 

 

 

 


Update on New YMCA Child Development Centres

By Wendy Anderson, Childcare Administqpy playgroundration Director

My first day on the job this past week provided me with an opportunity to tour the Quarry Park Child Development Center. While still under construction it is clear to see each of the spaces and to imagine children at play. I was able to see the kitchen which will provide the children’s lunches and snack times. There is an indoor gym for children to experience indoor gross-motor play.

A large outdoor play area will feature landscaping, grass and a discovery trail for stroller walks and bike riding.

One feature I particularly enjoyed seeing was the Experience Studio (Below: Caryl Broen & Trudy Halvorsen in the Experience Studio). This space will provide lots of unique experiences to support YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum. I could really envision children baking their own cookies or working on a science project there.

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It was great to see the centre as we prepare to welcome children to the facility mid August.

We are excited to also be preparing to open a second Child Development Centre in the Quarry Park community. Located in the Remington YMCA, this centre is scheduled to open early July. Like the Quarry Park Child Development Centre, the childcare centre will feature the YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum. Children will be able to experience time in the on-site Calgary Public Library and utilize YMCA facilities including the pool and active play areas.

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For more information about YMCA Childcare please visit our website at YMCA Calgary .

To enquire about our childcare programs please contact the Childcare Registration office at
(403) 351—6689 or childcare@ymcacalgary.org.

Click here to sign up for news and updates on the YMCA in Quarry Park


YMCA Childcare in Quarry Park

Spring is just around the corner and our excitement for opening two new child development centres this summer is growing just as fast as the tulips sitting on my mother-in-laws windowsill!

During February and March we enjoyed meeting many new families as they participated in the three open houses we hosted at the Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre. It  was great fun to showcase our play-based learning curriculum as well as floor plans for the child development centres as well as the Remington YMCA also scheduled to open this summer.

We have certainly seen registration pick up these past few weeks and encourage families who have not yet contacted us to do so as soon as possible – we currently have a waiting list for infant spaces with toddler and preschool spaces not far behind. Some of this may be due to a new addition to the billboard signage located at the Quarry Park Child Development Centre location – check out the familiar burgundy circle with the Y logo!

Quarry Park Child Development Centre

As we get closer to opening we will be scheduling open houses at the new facilities as well as orientation nights for registered families.

To register for updates on what YMCA Calgary is up to in the Quarry Park Community click HERE

For more information or to register please contact – :

T 403-351-6689

E childcare@ymcacalgary.org

 


Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA – Childminding Area Renovations

We are excited to announce that the Gray Family Childminding area will be undergoing renovations Friday, March 25 – Tuesday, March 29, 2016.

To facilitate the renovations childminding hours have been adjusted as follows:

Friday, March 25         Closed

Saturday, March 26    Relocated to the YMCA Child Development Centre (just down the hall)

Sunday, March 27       Closed

Monday, March 28      Closed

Tuesday, March 29      Closed

We have contacted all families booked during this period of time to advise of this operational change.

We apologize for any inconvenience during this transitional period but look forward to sharing with you the new look of the childminding area very soon.

 


YMCA Childcare Open Houses

Are you interested in learning more about the new YMCA childcare centres scheduled to open in summer 2016?

Please join us at one of our scheduled open houses for families who have either already registered for one of the new centres or who are wanting more information about YMCA childcare programs. All open houses will be held at the Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre (333 Shawville Boulevard SE).

New Centres – both centres are located in the Quarry Park Community (SE Calgary)

Remington YMCA Child Development Centre – located in the Remington YMCA

Quarry Park Child Development Centre – stand alone centre

A casual event, the open house will provide families with the opportunity to tour a YMCA Child Development Centre, meet staff and learn more about the new centres. It will also showcase our play-based curriculum which supports all children to learn and develop.

Children are welcome to attend although activities for children younger than 19 months will be limited due to the nature of the Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre.

Register soon as space is limited. Contact Shannon Boisvert, Administrator, to register

T 403-531-1662    E sboisver@calgary.ymca.ca

Location:  Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre, 333 Shawville Boulevard SE

Dates:

Thursday, February 25        6:30 – 8:00pm

Wednesday, March 2          6:30 – 8:00pm

Saturday, March 12             9:30 – 11:00am

All open houses will be held at the:

Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre

333 Shawville Boulevard SE

For more information visit our website or call us at 403-351-6689


Registration is Brisk for New YMCA Childcare Centres

Public registration for YMCA Calgary’s two new childcare centres began on October 19, 2015. To date we have successfully registered over 165 children for the new centres which are both currently being built in the community of Quarry Park. Spaces for children aged 12  – 18 months are currently full with waitlists started. Space remains available for all other preschool ages.

With the new  centres scheduled to open summer 2015 we expect to connect with many more families so they can learn about what YMCA Calgary can offer their child.

Our registration team has spoken to many families about what they can expect from YMCA Calgary when it comes to their child’ experience within one of our licensed Child Development Centres. Our response includes an overview of the benefits we provide for our young participants.

Social

Positive, caring relationships form the foundation for all that occurs within the childcare setting. Children learn about YMCA Calgary’s four core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. They practice behaviours which support social skill development, emotional competence and community engagement.

What does this look like?

– a game being played will support children to learn about taking direction, taking turns and the enjoyment of doing a favourite activity with a friend

– a child talking about how they feel and a caregiver helping them to identify and use appropriate language and actions as they practice self expression and self regulation

Health

Each YMCA Child Development Centre provides lots of opportunities for children to run, jump and be active. They do this using the centre’s dedicated outdoor play area or our indoor gyms and multi-purpose spaces. Recreation time in YMCA pools is also provided. All children are provided with a nutritious morning and afternoon snack that helps to fuels them for everything their day hold.

All children registered in YMCA Child Development Centres also receive a complimentary YMCA Child membership – this provides their family with discounts for registered programs including aquatics in any of our YMCA branches.

What does this look like?

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Learning

Utilizing the national YMCA Playing to Learn Curriculum, children are encouraged to explore what interests them. This play-based curriculum is designed to maximize children’s learning through actively engaging children throughout the day in developmentally appropriate small group activities. Activities encompass all developmental areas and support children with school readiness and to become a life-long learner.

What does this look like?

An interest in planes leads to a rich learning environment – imaginative play, language development, travel requirements (Visas, airport check in procedures), writing a list of what to take, exploring maps etc.

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YMCA Childcare wants every child’s day to be filled with fun and learning. With caregivers who act as play partners, every day brings something new to explore and opportunities for wonderful experiences to be had.

Want more information?

YMCA Childcare – general information including locations, fees, information hand book

New childcare centres – information and registration details

Click here to register to receive our monthly childcare newsletter

OR Call us at 403-351-6689 to register for one of the new YMCA Childcare centres scheduled to open summer 2016 in the Quarry Park community

 

 

 


Registration for new YMCA Childcare Centres Begins October 19, 2015

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Remington YMCA

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Quarry Park Child Development Centre

YMCA Calgary is excited to be planning for the opening of two new licensed childcare centres in the SE community of Quarry Park. The anticipated opening date for both the Remington YMCA Child Development Centre and the Quarry Park Child Development Centre is summer 2016 with more details to follow as building construction continues.

Registration Begins Monday, October 29th. Click here for details

Each of the two centres will feature the national YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum and offer children the opportunity to gain health, social and learning benefits in a play-based learning environment.

To learn more about the new centres visit our website as follows:

Features of Each Centre

FAQs


Summer Spaces in YMCA Childcare and Child Minding

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Summer sees a change to operations within YMCA Calgary Childcare Centres and Child Minding Areas. And, this change might be just what you are looking for to enhance your child’s summer experience.

Childcare and Child Minding each offer unique experiences – read on to learn more and to see if you would like to explore available options further.

YMCA Childcare and Child Minding – where kids play and learn!

Childcare: Licensed childcare for children aged 19 months – 6 years

Temporary openings are available for 1/2 or full days over the summer months. This option is available due to turnover within the centre as older children leave in preparation for kindergarten and new children have not yet started. All days may not have availability.

This may be an option for families who need a few days or a week of care for their child over the summer. It may also be a fit for a child attending a 1/2 day of camp and then requiring childcare for the balance of the day.

As always, full-time permanent spaces in our centres will be filled from our existing waitlists.

Availability is limited and inquiries should be directed to each centre’s Childcare Director:

Eau Claire – Margaret Ferriss    T 403-781-1666

Saddletowne- Merle Clarke       T 403-537-2722

Shawnessy – Trudy Halvorsen    T 403-254-3211

Child Minding: Short term care for your child aged 6 weeks – 10 years

This is the place for kids to be while their parent/guardian is using the facility. Equipped with toys, games and caring adults who love to spend time talking and playing with children you can feel confident that your child is well cared for while you are furthering your own health and wellness goals.

During the summer all of our areas see a decrease in usage which can open up opportunities for casual bookings. Member children 6 weeks – 35 months are FREE while a minimal charge applies to both older member children and non-members.

Visit or contact the Child Minding Area at your branch today:

Crowfoot YMCA        T 403-241-4618

Eau Claire YMCA      T 403-781-1669

Saddletowne YMCA   T 403-537-2724

Shawnessy YMCA      T 403-254-3217


YMCA Calgary Celebrates Kids and Dads

Sunday, June 21st is Father’s Day. It is also the first day of summer for 2015.

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Let the celebrations begin – welcome the summer season and take time to acknowledge and celebrate wonderful relationships between kids and Dads.

YMCA Calgary is all about promoting family fun with a health and wellness focus. Here are some ideas of ways to recognize Father’s Day:

  • enjoy a cooling swim in one of YMCA Calgary’s four indoor pools (Crowfoot, Eau Claire, Saddletowne and Shawnessy)
  • take a walk or run in a local park. Eau Claire YMCA has some great running trails right out the front door – check the map that is posted in the lobby
  • explore a natural environment. Nosehill, Fish Creek and Edworthy Parks all have wonderful natural areas. Just slightly further afield is Elbow Falls, Kananaskis Country, Grassi Lake and the whole of Banff National Park
  • visit the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller; making time to walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs along the outdoor trails
  • share a favourite activity with the special kid(s) or man in your life – golf (regular or mini), lego building, princess party, attend a local baseball game…
  • have fun together as big and little kids – a water blast game, backyard fort building, tag games or a soccer game in the neighbourhood field

Enjoy time spent with family and friends on June 21st – perhaps include a mid or late day BBQ. For great BBQ ideas check out Canadian Living Magazine – steaks, side dishes, healthy BBQ and more.

And, for all the Dads out there – HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

 


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