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For over 65 years, YWCA Cambridge has been a leader in offering innovative child care in Cambridge. Find out more about the programs we offer.

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Our goal is to foster a strong, positive self-image within your child. Each child develops skills in choice-making, problem solving and socialization. We strive to enhance both natural curiosity and creativity, and are dedicated to the concept of learning through play. While your child enjoys his or her time at the centre, our focus will be on helping all the children reach their full potential and on providing a sound base for future learning.

Reggio Emilia Approach to Learning

YWCA Cambridge is committed to the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. This world renowned philosophy invites children to examine the things that ignite their imagination and encourages the children to explore, investigate, and discover their world in a meaningful way. Sharing ideas and theories, getting excited about what happens next and studying what they are interested in builds a child’s self-esteem and critical thinking abilities. Through careful observation and listening, the teachers create documentation panels or books using photos, sketches, conversations and the children’s art. As the children’s learning unfolds it is captured in their many expressive creations using various art mediums such as clay, paint, sketching, 3-D creations, drawings, collage, music, drama and creative movement.

Accessible Programs

YWCA Cambridge has an active partnership with KW Habilitation. Children with identified special needs are referred to our programs and bring a Resource Aid and other professionals to provide needed programming and support.

YWCA Child Care Staff

Competent, caring and nurturing Registered Early Childhood Educators are partners in learning with children and parents. Our centres are staffed in accordance with Ministry of Education regulations by warm, caring, Registered Early Childhood Educators trained in Standard First Aid and Infant/Child CPR. Our staff participate in yearly professional development activities and our cooks and supervisors maintain a current Safe Food Handler Certificate.

For more information, please refer to our list of Child Care Centres to get the direct contact you're looking for.

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Child Care Contact Info

Ryerson Child Care Centre

Wendy Gilchrist
(519) 653-0746

St. Elizabeth Child Care Centre

Kim Whalen
(519) 654-9366

St. Margaret Child Care Centre

Brenda Davis
(519) 622-6773

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About Us

As a member agency of YWCA Canada, YWCA Cambridge is part of a national movement known as the country’s oldest and largest women's multi-service organization, the largest national provider of shelter, literacy, life skills, employment and counselling programs, and is the second largest provider of childcare services in Canada.

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