Waiting with open arms

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Brand new wooden tables and chairs are empty, new toys are waiting to be loved and little child-height sinks and commodes stand waiting to be used.

Samantha MacDonald is in a holding pattern.

The director of child care for the YMCA of Pictou County’s High Street Child Care Centre in New Glasgow has a brand new facility, located at the site of the former Brown School, and is ready to welcome little ones. She just has to wait for licensing and government approval.

She is hopeful that will come any day now.

The YMCA of Pictou County’s Child Care Centre in the Wellness Centre building has already opened, at 50 per cent capacity, in keeping with public health restrictions to guard against COVID-19.

Now, MacDonald is anxious to get started in a new, modern facility that will welcome little ones from age three months to preschool.

“This is where the need was shown for child care,” MacDonald explains about the new facility in New Glasgow.

There was also a need for more infant spots and the High Street centre will deliver. It offers two classrooms for a total of 16 infant spots. It will also accommodate 18 toddlers and 16 preschoolers for a total of 50 new day care spots.

There is currently a waiting list for spots at the High Street centre but MacDonald, who has been working in the child care business for 19 years says, “When we do open, with all of these restrictions for COVID, I can only open at 50 per cent capacity.”

To find out availability, she can be reached by phone at 902-928-8669 or by emailing Samantha.macdonald@pcymca.ca.


Samantha MacDonald, director of child care for the YMCA of Pictou County’s High Street Child Care Centre in New Glasgow, is just waiting for licensing and government approval before opening the brand new centre. (Jardine photo)