Depending on your child’s age group (18 months to 5 years old), we offer half-day programs for three to five days a week, Monday through Friday.
By choosing one of our nursery schools, you are providing your child with the stimulating experience of learning through play in a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment. All of our nursery schools offer a 10-month program for small children based on the YMCA’s own educational method, Playing to learn.
- a holistic approach that takes into account all aspects of the child’s development;
- activities that encourage group interactions, self-expression, sharing and responsibility;
- a wide variety of instructor-led and child-directed activities for each age group: story time, songs, physical activity, drama, arts and crafts, outings and more;
- special access to fitness and aquatic facilities and indoor and outdoor play areas;
- weekly swimming lessons (children under the age of 3 must be accompanied by a parent).
In addition to having low adult/child ratios, all of our nursery school staff members are CPR and First Aid certified. The program is evaluated each year to ensure it complies with the highest quality standards.
This program is offered at the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce YMCA (as of January 2022 - French emersion program), and the Westmount YMCA (bilingual program)