NEW GLASGOW — The Pictou County YMCA’s new child care centre is set to open in January.
“It’s coming along really well,” Y child care manager Tara Gallant said. “I’m excited about this. The Y always wanted to open another centre. I get to do that now.”
It’s the Y’s second centre and it is located on Mountain Road on land that once held the former Brown Street School.
The centre will host 50 spaces for children aged three months to five years. It will include two infant rooms for 16 infants three months to 18 months old, one toddler room for 18 children aged 18 months to three years old and a pre-school room for up to 16 children aged three to five years.
The Y is now hiring early childhood educators who will be trained to deliver the research and evidence-based YMCA Canada play to learn curriculum that prepares children for school and life-long achievement by nurturing their curiosity and development through play.
“As an early childhood educator, at the YMCA we offer benefits including medical and dental, a pension plan, paid personal and sick days and access to YMCA health and fitness programming,” Gallant said. “In the child care field, this is very important as not all centres are able to offer these benefits.”
The new centre is part of the province’s strategic growth initiative. Pictou County was identified as an area that needed a child care centre.
The Y also operates after-school programs at eight elementary schools in the county: New Glasgow Academy, West Pictou Consolidated, McCulloch Education Centre in Pictou, A.G. Baillie in New Glasgow, G.R. Saunders in Stellarton, Walter Duggan in Westville, Scotsburn Elementary and Trenton Elementary.
“Working with the YMCA, as a charity organization, gives me an opportunity to help build a healthy community in Pictou County,” after school supervisor Sam MacDonald said. “The YMCA is an organization with multiple wellness programs, and gives an opportunity to learn and participate outside of the child care centre.”
Tara Gallant, left, and Sam MacDonald stand in front of the Y’s new child care building that is under construction in New Glasgow. (Submitted photo)