The Cumberland YMCA offers a variety of childcare programs for all ages, these programs take place at our three childcare locations throughout Cumberland County.

Child Care
This program has been designed to encourage socialization with age appropriate activities. Children develop skills at their own pace in areas of creative activities, fine motor, music, movement, science, language development, etc. Outdoor play is a daily event, and use of the gym and swimming pool occurs on a weekly basis. Our aim is to provide a program where the child feels safe, happy, stimulated, and well cared for in an environment designed to help them learn through play.

Amherst: YMCA Early Learning Centre (92 Church St)
Ages: 6months - 5years
Days & Times: Monday - Friday / 6:30am - 6:30pm

This program is focused on socialization with age appropriate activities offered in a play based setting. Children develop skills at their own pace, making decisions, solving problems and most importantly enjoying the process of learning. Our aim is to provide a program where the child feels safe, happy, stimulated and satisfied.

Ages: 2 1/2 - 3years
Days: Tuesday & Thursday
9:00 - 11:00am
Location: Amherst

Kindergarten focuses on the development of the child, physically, intellectually and socially in an inviting environment. Children develop skills at their own pace, making decisions, solving problems, following directions, and most importantly, enjoying the process of learning through play. Our program provides children with gym & swim time and field trips in our community.

***All of these programs are for ages 4-5 years.

Part Time:
Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00 - 11:30am
Location: Amherst

School Aged Care:

After School Program
Cumberland YMCA Childcare staff provide a safe and secure learning environment. Age-apropriate activities are planned daily such as gym time, swimming, outings within the community, cooking, art time, group games,outdoor play and more. A healthy snack is provided daily.

Ages: Students from Primary to Grade 6
Time: Afterschool - 5:00pm (5:30 in select locations)
Locations: West Highlands Elementary, Spring Street Academy, Cumberland North Academy, Oxford Regional Education Centre and Cyrus Eaton Elementary School.

Y - Days are held on In-Service & Storm Days, March and Christmas Break. A structured day full of fun activities, swim and gym time. and are available September through June.

Ages: Students from Primary to Grade 6
Time: 8:30 - 5:30pm
Location: Amherst

Summer Programs
Throughout July & August the Cumberland YMCA offers summer camps. These programs offer a wide variety of activities including day trips, swimming, arts & crafts, cooking and recreational activities icluding sports, and small and large group games. Summer programs are run out of the YMCA Early Learning Center in Amherst.

Ages: Students from Primary to age 12
Days: Monday - Friday
Time: 8:30 - 5:30pm
Locations: Amherst


Babysitting Course
This YMCA program prepares youth with the necessary skills to look after infants, toddlers and children. This includes diaper changes, bottle feeding, basic food preparation, safety in the home, responsibilties as a care giver, basic first aid, games and activities as well asemergency situation protcol.

Ages: 11-14
October, March & June
Time: 9:00 - 3:00pm
Locations: Amherst

*** Registration is required.