YMCA Bessie Nichols Child Care

View Larger Map 189 Hemingway RD
Edmonton, AB T6M 2Z7
Phone: 780-994-1113
  • YMCA Child Care

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
7am - 6pm

Online Registration

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Out of School | Before and After School Care

For children enrolled in Grades 1-6

Monthly Fees
Out of School | Before and After School Care: $555 (January – June; September – December)
Summer Care: $695 (July and August)

For any child(ren) requiring bus transportation, it is up to the parents to make arrangements for their child(ren) to be escorted into and out of the centre.

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355 Hemingway Rd. N.W.
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Updated June 2019

  • Program Director, YMCA Bessie Nichols Out of School Care

    Amy Kerrivan
    YMCA Bessie Nichols Out of School Care

    189 Hemingway RD
    Edmonton, AB T6M 2Z7
    p. 780-994-1113

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Out of School | Before and After School Child Care Info

Program Highlights

  • all staff hold Alberta Child Care Certification
  • Physical Literacy programming
  • access to outdoor activities
  • access to facility gymnasium (where available)
  • two snacks provided daily (minimum two Canada Food Guide Groups)
  • all field trips and special programming are included
  • all programs include community involvement activities
  • an entirely independent registered charity (for 110 years) and all of our child cares (we are the largest in Western Canada) are completely not-for-profit

YMCA Child Care Objectives

  • to provide a warm, caring environment which will develop your child’s potential creative, intellectual, emotional, social and physical skills
  • to provide a safe environment that is a natural progression from home to school
  • to ensure that your child is cared for and is supervised at all times
  • to hire educators that are experienced and well trained to provide the best care and enrichment for your child
  • to provide a communication system that ensures parent to educators contact throughout the program year
  • to set fees that allow the Centre to operate on a full cost recovery basis

YMCA Child Care Values

  • YMCA Child Care is available to everyone regardless of race, sex, religion or economic circumstances
  • parents have the right to pursue work or education with peace of mind, and children have the right to a secure, safe and developmentally appropriate program
  • YMCA Child Care families can access additional programs and services that the YMCA provides to support them
  • parent participation is important to YMCA Child Care

YMCA Quality Statement

Parent evaluations, current research, and over 20 years of experience in delivering child care programs have helped us to define our Quality checklist:

  • children are happy and involved
  • educators have a caring attitude
  • centre, equipment and toys are accessible, clean and safe
  • children participate in small groups in stimulating activities with teachers
  • food is nutritionally balanced
  • parent-educator communication is promoted, and parents feel welcome in the centre
  • sufficient play materials are available
  • outdoor play activities are taking place in well-maintained play areas
  • educators are good role models and have ongoing and appropriate training
  • parents have regular feedback about their child


Every child care centre in Alberta is regulated by the Provincial Licensing Standards. Centres are required to meet the mandatory regulations, and are visited regularly by a Licensing Officer to ensure they are in compliance. Reports from these visits are posted in your centre, and are available for parents to view. Any recommendations from these reports are used as an opportunity to improve the centre.


The purpose of Accreditation in Alberta is to raise the standard of Child Care in the Province and improve best practices in Early Learning and Child Care Services. Accreditation is a voluntary process, and involves great dedication on the part of the educators and the centre.

The benefits of an accredited centre:

  • attracts families who are looking for a high-quality centre
  • attracts educators who are looking to work in a quality centre
  • the educators receive support funding

All of our centres participate in the Accreditation process. Preschool Accreditation was implemented in 2004, and School-Age Accreditation was launched in 2009. Our centres are at varying stages in the process. Please ask your Director for more information.

Physical Literacy

  • individuals who are physically literate move with confidence and competence in a wide variety of activities and environments that develop the whole person
  • once these skills are built up there is an increase in self-esteem and self-confidence
  • ensure that fundamental movement skills are offered in our programs
  • help to progress participants through skill development
  • provide a framework to structure games and physical activity opportunities
  • all opportunities to practice a variety of skills through numerous activities