- Parents Resources and Childcare Forms
- Health and Nutrition
- Parent's Advisory Committee
- Playing to Learn Curriculum
Parents Resources and Childcare Forms
Ministry of Education (Early Learning and Child Care section)
Once your child is enrolled in one of our four Child Care centres, your child will receive a free membership to the YMCA of Regina for the duration of their time with their centre. This membership gives your child access to:
Early registration for any registered programs
One free set of swim lessons per season (must register with Member Service desk)
Discounted fee for any Registered programs
Reduced rate on any YMCA Summer programs
Member rate for Babysitting Service
Please see the Member Service desk to get your child’s photo membership card, for information and registration of any of the above programs as well.
Health & Nutrition
Parents always have lots of questions about health and medical “stuff” and we’re hoping that we’ll be able to provide parents with information about our medical policies and procedures as is outlined in the ‘health & illness’ document below. In addition, we hope to provide families with general information about all the different illnesses and diseases that come across our way.
Here are a couple links to other sites that we use as resources for information about communicable diseases and common childhood illnesses that tend to frequent the child care scene.
Parent’s Advisory Committee (PAC)
What is it?
A group of parents who the YMCA Child Care staff can approach to obtain the parental opinion on an issue, a program, and the priorities of the YMCA Child Care. It is a, purely, voluntary committee and it is only one of the ways parents can provide feedback to the YMCA Child Care staff. The PAC also organize several events during the year (e.g.: BBQ, recognition of Child Care appreciation day/month, Christmas party, the “wine” and cheese event) to bring together parents and children in a more social setting.
Why is it important?
Most would agree the environment our children are part of, for almost 9 hours a day, 5 days a week, 50 or so weeks a year is pivotal to their experience as a child. Parental feedback is critical. In fact, it is a requirement of licensing by the Child Care regulations Minister of Education, Early Learning and Child Care. While the YMCA Child Care staff are open to comments and questions, it is helpful to have a sounding board made up of a group of people, to further flesh out ideas and concepts. The members of the PAC are able to table concerns or issues in a more formal manner.
What do we talk about?
Perhaps the question could be: What don’t we talk about? We cover a lot of ground in our (less than 1 hour) meeting. There is a centre update, any upcoming events or special dates, PAC promotional media and the website, food services and issues related to safety. We do talk about our kids and how much we appreciate the efforts made where those little people are concerned.
How does it work?
Just come to a meeting. There is only one formal position, the chair and we rotate the minute taking responsibilities. Childcare IS available and there is a snack. Remember – meetings are usually never more than one hour.
Playing to Learn Curriculum
The YMCA Playing to Learn Curriculum is a national program that has been launched and is implemented across Canada. Playing to Learn was conceived in the YMCA of Greater Toronto and was piloted in the YMCA of Toronto’s Family Development Centre. YMCA of Toronto Playing to Learn Training team created core training sessions and published the YMCA Playing to Learn Curriculum Text book and launched across the innovative curriculum across the country.
This program is an interest based, emergent curriculum that follows the interests and the developmental levels of the children in our care. The educators engage in being a play partner with the children, waiting for a natural break in the play or an invitation to join in the play. Through this model the educator are able to give the children the freedom to explore through open ended play experiences, develop and work through their stresses and emotions and are given opportunities to build upon their knowledge in a natural and calming manor. These strategies give the educators the chance to model appropriate social interaction and ask open ended questions to extend the experience. Through meaningful play experiences the children and educators continue to build upon growing interests and developmental milestones.
Programming is an important part of the Curriculum. Educators observe the children engaging in natural and spontaneous plan, document emerging interests and plan accordingly. Working to make sure they are not only extending the interests, but also scaffolding new information and concepts. Taking the learning in a natural direction where children are actively participating in their own learning. The program plans are broken up to touch on each developmental area, making sure that we are consciously working on holistic learning. Learning can occur during art, sensory motor, dramatic play, block play or story/circle times. Having the program plans allows for the educator to ensure all areas are given equal attention and show the evidence of the learning that is taking part in their classrooms.
Educators are required to complete two documentations a week with the YMCA Playing to Learn program. The documentations are broken up into three sections. The first being the experience itself, capturing the moment, documenting the conversation and painting a picture of what the experience looked like. The second is the learning piece, identifying what the children learned from that particular experience. The third is supporting the learning with a quote from the YMCA Playing to Learn text book or any other published text book.
The educators complete a journal outlining the meals, naps and toileting routines of the day, as well as incorporating a play highlight. The play highlight will outline the important learning that happens while their children are playing. Parent communication is a crucial part the YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum. The parents have access to the program plans, documentations and journals each and every day. We encourage parents to take a moment and ask about the program plans, documentation and journals. The children and educators are always excited to share about the happenings of their busy classrooms.
The environment for the space is the backbone of the curriculum. A calm home like atmosphere where the emphasis is on the play centres and activities. The space is organized in a way that the flow of play can continue naturally, allowing the children the freedom to move about the space utilizing the centres, toys and props to enhance their play experiences. The environments are decorated in calming color schemes and are organized in a way that creates an environment that can be considered the “third” teacher in the room.
The YMCA of Regina believes in the philosophy of the YMCA Playing to Learn Curriculum and has committed to maintaining a high quality childcare program. The Educators are required to participate and complete the YMCA Playing to Learn Core Trainings. The YMCA Playing to Learn training team out of the YMCA of Toronto come out and audit each centre every year. These audits give us valuable feedback and encourage us to strive for excellence.