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Child Minding

Child Minding

YMCA Calgary offers short-term care for infants and children ages 6 weeks – 8 years while their parent/guardian uses our facilities. Our child minding care providers are passionate about creating a fun, safe and comfortable environment for infants and children. All caregivers apply best practices for healthy child development and include play-based learning theory into everything they do. Your child’s stay is always fun and beneficial.

Email Communication UPDATE – Each child minding area has a dedicated email address to support communication practices. This email address may be used when submitting block booking forms or for advance bookings. Please ensure you receive confirmation via email or phone for any requested bookings.

The email addresses will be checked, at minimum, once per day Monday – Friday by a member of our team. They will not be checked on weekends.

Fall 2019 Block Booking – Fall 2019 Block Booking request forms can be submitted electronically beginning at 5:30am on August 13, 2019 for YMCA Members and for Non-Members as of 5:30am on August 27, 2019.

Booking forms may also be dropped off in either child minding or with member services.

Note – Submission of a block booking form does not guarantee placement.

All block booking request forms will be responded to indicating an approved booking or that a booking cannot be accommodated.

Fall 2019 Block Booking Form

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Child Minding Locations and Hours

Locations Weekday Hours Weekend & Holiday Hours
Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton

  • Monday to Thursday 8:30am-7:00pm
  • Friday 8:30am-3:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Sundays & Holidays 9:00am-1:00pm
Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA

  • Mon,Wed & Thurs 8:30am–1:00pm and 4:00pm–8:00pm
  • Tues 8:30am–1:00pm and 4:00pm–6:30pm
  • Friday 8:30am–3:30pm
  • Sat 8:30am–3:30pm
  • Sunday 9:00am–1:00pm
  • Holidays 9:00am–1:00pm
Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot



  • Monday, Thursday 8:30am–8:00pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 am–5:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am–1:00pm
  • Sunday & Holidays 9:00am–1:00pm
Remington YMCA



  • Monday to Thursday 8:30am–7:30pm
  • Friday 8:30am–5:00pm
    Note: The Child Minding area is closed from 1:30 – 2:00pm Mon – Friday
  • Saturday 9:00am–2:00pm
  • Sunday & Holidays 9:00am–1:00pm
Saddletowne YMCA



  • Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
  • Saturday 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Sunday & Holidays closed
Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge



  • Monday to Thursday 8:00am-7:30pm
  • Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday  9:00am-3:30pm
  • Sunday/Holidays  9:00am-1:00pm
Shawnessy YMCA



  • Monday to Thursday 8:00am–7:30pm
  • Friday 8:00am–5:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am–3:30pm
  • Sunday/Holidays 9:00am–1:00pm
  • Note: The Child Minding area is closed from 12:45 – 1:15pm on Saturday’s
Please Note: Child Minding may close one hour earlier than scheduled if no children are booked.
*Times are subject to change.

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Advanced booking is recommended to ensure space. The number of spots available is determined by the physical space available as well as by our ability to offer quality care to each child.
Members can book 7 days in advance, Non-members can book 2 days in advance.

Single booking

Child Minding can be booked for a maximum of two hours per day. Advanced booking is recommended to secure a space (spaces are limited to ensure the caregiver-to-child ratio allows for optimum care and safety). YMCA members can book seven days in advance; non-members can book two days in advance.

Block Booking

Members are able to book a series of pre-paid, consecutive child minding appointments for their child(ren) during regularly scheduled Child Minding hours. Non-Members wishing to use block booking may do so if they are registered in a YMCA program.

Block booking dates correspond with YMCA Calgary registration dates for each program session. Limited spaces are available. Block booking closes one week into each program session or once available spaces are filled. Further information about block booking can be found on the YMCA Calgary “Block Booking Form” or through the child minding area.


Member Rates (as of January 1, 2018)

Infant (6 weeks–35 months):      Free (Limited to 3 visits/week)

Add’l Infant visits and children 36+mths:     $4.00/hr

May only be booked on the day care is requested and is pending space availability.

Non-Member Rates

(6 weeks+):      $6.25/hr

Discounted payment punch cards are available for families receiving YMCA Calgary financial assistance.. To learn more contact Member Services.

Punchcards in denominations of $30 may be purchased at Member Services. Cards will be redeemed by Child Minding staff as service is used. Punchcards are transferrable but non-refundable.

Payment may be made at the Member Service Desk before you collect your child. Please present a Child Minding caregiver with your receipt upon picking up your child.


Child Minding appointment cancellations must be received before closing the day prior to your appointment or a $5 cancellation fee will be charged. ‘No – shows’ will be charged $5 or the amount of time booked, whichever is the greater amount. Cancellation fees apply to both infant and child bookings.

Drop Off and Pick Up of Children

To assist us in providing appropriate care and attention to all children, we ask that children be dropped off and picked up promptly at their booked time. In the event a parent/guardian is late, a caregiver or YMCA Duty Manager may be required to locate the parent/guardian and additional child minding fees will be charged accordingly.