YMCA-YWCA Child Care
The YMCA-YWCA has been providing child care in Victoria for over 45 years and is a provider of quality child care. Our programs provide safe, healthy, creative places where children can play in small groups, develop rewarding relationships, learn new skills and have a lot of FUN! YMCA-YWCA Child Care provides opportunities where children develop values, self-confidence and social skills – essential components to building strong citizens and healthy communities.
YMCA-YWCA Child Care is a resource that parents can rely on to provide an environment outside of the home that is safe, caring and developmentally supportive for their child. YMCA-YWCA Child Care is a place where children can grow and reach their potential. Our child care programs offer enriched programming to engage children in a variety of experiences.
YMCA Playing to Learn
All YMCA-YWCA Child Care programs follow YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum. YMCA Playing to Learn helps children discover learning through creative play and aligns with primary school benchmarks. YMCA Playing to Learn is intended to ensure a child’s continued enthusiasm and capacity for lifelong learning. It provides an understanding of how play offers the foundation for learning to read and write, and for learning mathematics, science and technology. It provides early childhood educators with the skills to prepare spaces more conducive to learning and best practices to encourage quality learning experiences.
YMCA-YWCA Child Care staff are licensed through the BC Early Childhood Registry, have completed a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Clearance and are certified in First Aid. Staff are trained YMCA Playing to Learn educators and participate in on-going professional development to stay current within their field.
Downtown Y Child Care Centre: Is centrally located in beautiful downtown Victoria and offers 24 licensed spaces for children ages 3-5 years. Located within the Downtown Y facility, the child care is surrounded by local parks, within easy walking distance to the Victoria Public Library and other great community resources. Downtown Y Child Care offers an enriched program that includes weekly swim time in the Y’s warm water pool.
Spaces: 2 spaces for 30-36 months and 22 spaces for 36 months-5 years.
Hours of Operation:
Our programs are open year round with the exception of Statutory Holiday closures and one week at Christmas. This week–long closure provides the opportunity to complete yearly maintenance work in the programs.
To be added to our waitlist please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: completing an application to an Interest List or Waitlist is not a confirmation of registration.
Offer of Space:
For all offers of space if we do not hear from you, we will assume you no longer require child care and will remove your child from our waitlist.
Short Notice Spaces:
When space becomes available on short notice families will be emailed on a first come first serve basis.
When we have spaces become available due to transition of children to the next age program or kindergarten we will notify families by phone. You will be given 24 hours to secure your child’s spot. If we do not hear from you within 24 hours, we will assume you no longer require care and remove you from the waitlist.
We require that all enrolling parents attend a tour of the child care centre. This tour is an important step for families: it provides the opportunity to see the program in action and ensure that it is a good fit for your child/family; as well as the chance to meet the staff and ask any questions that you might have.
The YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island reviews its fees on an annual basis.
$875 per month
We require a deposit of $200 at the time of registration.
Please contact Registration Services for information about our interest lists and waitlist.
Monday- Friday: 8:00am-8:00pm
- Early Child Care Program Family Handbook – Print, Read and Sign
- Early Child Care Program Registration Form Print and Fill
- Early Child Care Program Registration Form Online Fillable
- Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many centres does the YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island operate?
A: The Y currently operates the Downtown Y Child Care for children ages 30 months-5 years. The Eagle Creek Y Child Care offers care for children ages 10 months – 5 years and the Westhills Y Child Care offers care for children ages 18 months-5 years.
Q: Are your programs licensed?
A: Yes, we provide licensed group care at all Y locations. We follow all licensing regulations and ensure that our programs are safe, developmentally appropriate and a great place for children to grow, learn and make friends.
Q: What kind of training does your staff have?
A: YMCA-YWCA Vancouver Island Child Care staff are professional educators that are licensed through the BC Early Childhood Registry. Our staff are experienced and passionate about working with children. Staff are also trained in YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum.
Q: What are your staff to child ratios?
A: YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island maintains the child/staff ratios established by Community Care Facilities Licensing (CCFL). At a minimum:
- 1 caregiver for every 4 children aged 10-18 months
- 1 caregiver for every 4 children aged 19-35 months
- 1 caregiver for every 8 children aged 3-5 years.
Q: What hours are you open?
A: The Downtown Y Child Care is open Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:15pm. Eagle Creek Y Child Care and Westhills Y Child Care are open from 7am-6 pm Monday to Friday. We ask that parents notify staff of their preferred hours when registering. While these extended hours are meant to support busy families, we ask that parents maintain a 9-hour child care day to encourage strong family relationships and home/child care life balance.
Q: Do you have a waitlist?
A: Waitlists are being taken for all Y locations.
Q: What is included in my child care fees?
A: Child Care fees include all program costs; including enriched program activities, and a nutritious morning and afternoon snack.
Q: Do you provide food throughout the day?
A: We provide a morning and afternoon snack. Staff follow the Canada Food Guide and take great care to provide nutritious and delicious snacks. Lunch is not provided.
Please inform staff of any food allergies/sensitivities or preferences that your child may have. As we serve children with severe allergies (including anaphylaxis) all YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island Child Care Centres are NUT FREE.
Q: Are the children required to nap every day?
A: Naptime allows children to physically rest and emotionally unwind. Although some children require a nap during the day, naptime is not mandatory. We ask that all children rest for a short time, followed by quiet activities.
Q: Is my child guaranteed space in the next age group?
A: Children currently enrolled are placed on our internal waitlist . Any vacant space will be filled in the following priority:
- Children who are currently enrolled and who are ready (meet age requirements) will move to the next age group.
- Applicants on the waitlist who are siblings of children enrolled at the centre.
- External applicants on the waitlist will be called.
However, if there are no vacancies in the next age group, we cannot guarantee that your child can stay at the centre (i.e. if a child turns 36 months in January and there are no vacancies in the next age group until July). We will apply for a retention request to keep your child in the program, but as this decision is made by Community Care Facilities Licensing (CCFL) we cannot guarantee the retention will be granted. If the request is unsuccessful, we will contact our other facilities to see if space is available.
Q: Do you offer part-time care?
A: Unfortunately, no. As the need for child care is so high, we are only offering full-time care at this time.
Q: My child is nervous about starting at a new child care program, is there a way for us to visit the program before starting?
A: Yes! This can be an emotionally charged time for many children – even if your child has had other group experiences before. To make this transition easier for children, YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island Child Care follows a gradual entry process. This gradual orientation to the program allows time for your child to feel comfortable, to start developing friendships and to become familiar with the staff.
Q: How much notice do I need to give if I want to withdraw my child from the program?
A: Withdrawals are effective on the 1st of the month with 45-days prior written notice. Withdrawal notices need to be submitted in writing to the Supervisor (i.e. for a May 1st withdrawal, written notice must be received by or before March 15th).
Q: Do you provide receipts for income tax?
A: Yes, your child care tax receipt is typically the only receipt you receive each year. This will be sent to you each February.