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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


Pirate Treasure Hunt

Written by Monica Kranz, YMCA Administrator

As parents, teachers, aunts and uncles, and even as people without kids, we all know that children’s interests and moods can change on a dime. One day, their stuffed dragon is their most prized possession and something they can’t even imagine leaving the house without. The next day, they want nothing at all to do with it.

It can sometimes be difficult for adults to organize games and activities for children with so many different interests (especially when they vary on a day to day basis). Childcare staff at Saddletowne YMCA Child Development Centre, however, have done exactly that.

A Saddletowne YMCA Pirate

For the past few weeks, staff and Room 2 children (aged 3 – 4.5 years), have been on a treasure hunt – a pirate themed one that is! When staff discovered a strong interest in pirates amongst the group, they jumped on the idea to create a rich play experience. They placed arrows all around the centre, created costumes, and hid treasure for the kids to find. When kids arrived the following morning, there was excitement in the air.

“What’s that?” asked Rudra, when he first saw pieces of fabric, necklaces and paper towel rolls on the table. “We are going treasure hunting, and these are your pirate costumes”, said Ritu. “Treasure hunting!” yelled Sebastian and he quickly put a necklace on and took the longest paper towel roll. When everyone was dressed up, the children proceeded into the hall. “Look Ritu, that’s an arrow! Let’s go!”, said Snena when she noticed some arrows pointing towards the office. When they reached the front of the office, Pratik noticed an arrow pointing to the staff room. “There!” he shouted and pointed with his paper towel roll. “Look, there’s another arrow!” Peyton exclaimed. Rudra was the one to notice a cluster of arrows on the cupboard in the staff room. It was agreed upon that the treasure must be hidden in the cupboard. “Open it”, said Sebastian excitedly. When the children opened the cupboard, they found a delicious bag of candy. “Yeah! We found the treasure”, stated Sebastian as he put the candy in his pocket. Play experience provided by Ritu Bhagirath and Nadiya Tretyakov, Saddletowne YMCA

Ritu and Children Treasure Hunting

With a small amount of material and a lot of creativity, Ritu and Nadiya maximized a common interest within the group of diverse individuals. They put together an activity that allowed the children to utilize their imagination, while promoting creative expression and fostering social and cooperative play. Most importantly, they created an activity that the kids will talk about for days, and one which is providing the foundation to ensure their continued enthusiasm for learning the way they learn best – through play!

For more information about our Child Development Centres please visit www.ymcacalgary.org


YMCA Childcare – A Place for Children to Belong & Grow

YMCA Calgary currently operates three licensed Child Development Centres in our branches – Eau Claire, Saddletowne and Shawnessy. In June it was announced YMCA Calgary will be the operator of the new Quarry Park and Rocky Ridge recreation facilities. Each of those facilities will be home to a licensed YMCA Child Development Centre with respective scheduled opening dates of 2015 and 2016.

We look forward to providing additional opportunities for young children to belong and grow in these new centres. While we are not yet set up to facilitate early registrations we are very excited to share this news!

Utilizing the National YMCA Playing to Learn Curriculum we recognize that “play is valued and respected as the principle way children learn.” (Susanne Eden, Lorrie Huggins, 1998).

In our centres you will see:

  • posted program plans which include observations about the children’s play as well as planned play experiences designed to meet interests and developmental needs
  • child journals, portfolios and newsletters highlighting individual children’s experiences

Child's Journal

  • posted photographs and written documentations that highlight specific play experiences and what children are learning through the play they are engaging in
  • rooms and outdoor play areas designed and equipped to reflect a healthy, home-like and fun setting

A comfortable place to relax

Outdoor Foot Painting Activity


  • specific interests of the children evident through room set up and available play materials

Airport Play Centre


    Bug Shadows

  • staff and volunteers engaging as play partners with children to further the play and learning

Binna and friends explore the world


    Jana gets a new "do"

For more information about our Child Development Centres visit our website