YMCA Thickwood Heights Child Care

YMCA Thickwood Heights Child Care

 

Early Years

For children 19 months - 6 years


Kindercare

For children enrolled in Kindergarten


Out of School | Before and After School Care

For children 6 - 12 years old

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

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Thickwood Heights (gymnasium)
96 Silin Forest Road
780-743-8417
YMCA Eagle Ridge Child Care
2-301 Sparrowhawk Dr
587-537-5000

Updated October 2019

  • Program Director, YMCA Thickwood Heights Child Care

    Barbara Bacal
    YMCA Thickwood Heights Child Care

    96 Silin Forest Rd
    Fort McMurray, AB  T9H 3A1
    p. 780.791.4462
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Child Care Info


Early Years Program Highlights

  • all staff hold Alberta Child Care Certification
  • Playing to Learn Curriculum
  • access to outdoor activities
  • access to facility gymnasium (where available)
  • two snacks provided daily (minimum two Canada Food Guide Groups)
  • some programs provide lunch (minimum two Canada Food Guide Groups) - contact program director for availability at your centre
  • 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 66 child cares (we are the largest in Western Canada) are completely not-for-profit

Playing to Learn

YMCA Playing to Learn is a national curriculum that helps children in YMCA licensed early years programs to discover learning through creative play. This curriculum combines three decades of experience in child care delivery, with the latest body of knowledge on how the brain develops and how children learn. We believe YMCA Playing to Learn is the best approach to ensure a child’s continued enthusiasm and capacity for life-long learning. Educators in your child’s classroom will develop activities based on the children’s interest which will provide them with the foundations of language and literacy, mathematics, science and technology, and the arts, including music, visual arts and dramatic arts. Through this curriculum, your child will develop knowledge, skills and attributes which will help facilitate a smooth transition into the school-age environment. Please speak with your centre Director for more detailed information on this exciting curriculum.

 

 


Kindercare Program Highlights

  • all staff hold Alberta Child Care Certification
  • Physical Literacy programming
  • access to outdoor activities
  • access to facility gymnasium
  • two snacks provided daily (minimum two Canada Food Guide Groups)
  • some programs provide lunch (minimum two Canada Food Guide Groups) - contact program director for availability at your centre
  • all field trips and special programming are included
  • all programs include community involvement activities

Out of School | Before and After School Program Highlights

  • all staff hold Alberta Child Care Certification
  • Physical Literacy programming
  • access to outdoor activities
  • access to facility gymnasium
  • two snacks provided daily (minimum two Canada Food Guide Groups)
  • all field trips and special programming are included
  • all programs include community involvement activities

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