Child Care Centres
We know at the YMCA that when parents are selecting a child care centre for their children, they need to know that the care environment is nurturing, stimulating and safe with caring, qualified early learning professionals.
When you walk into our child care centres you will immediately know it is the right centre for your child. Children are confident, having fun and relaxed in the care of very passionate staff.
The YMCA have three beautiful, spacious child care centres, based in Acacia Ridge, Strathpine, and The Sunshine Coast. We have been providing child care for over 30 years, committed to helping children grow in body, mind and spirit.
YMCA Child Care offers access to
- Great outdoor environments
- Large well-resourced indoor play areas
- Kindergarten Program
- Nutritious home cook food prepared by our own cooks
Programs and Activities
The YMCA offer programs designed by our experienced early learning educators that are creative, play based and build confident happy learners of children.
Our program is based on the knowledge that children are natural learners, and that each child develops at their own pace. Our program is flexible, individual and engaging. We aim to offer every child a rich and unique learning experience that will give them the best possible start in life.
At every age and stage of the learning journey, we will continue to work with you so we can learn more about your child. This helps us create a program that builds on their interests and abilities, and introduces and reinforces important concepts - like language, maths, science, environment, art, health and social awareness – in the way that works best for them.
The YMCA implement the National learning framework for children. Our program is based on “Belonging, Being and Becoming”, the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) for Australia. This is the Australian Government’s national framework for early childhood education, and a key component of the National Quality Framework (NQF) for early childhood education and care which is designed to encourage continuous improvement of education and care services across Australia.
The EYLF defines the principles, practices and outcomes essential to every early learning program and is designed to ensure all children, from birth to five years of age, receive high quality learning experiences.
The Framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning and aims to achieve five overall Learning Outcomes:
- Children have a strong sense of identity.
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.
- Children are confident and involved learners.
- Children are effective communicators
Both YMCA Child Care Centres are accredited to deliver the Queensland Kindergarten Program.
The programs builds on the national Early Years Learning Framework, assisting teachers to deliver a quality kindergarten program and ensures consistency across the state.
The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline builds connections between what children already know or can do, their learning in a kindergarten program, and future learning in Prep.
Kindergarten teachers strengthen children’s sense of belonging, being and becoming as they:
- make deliberate and well-informed decisions
- to promote and enrich children’s holistic learning and development
- build respectful relationships with family, community and professional partners
- promote children’s wellbeing and ongoing learning
- interact with children with a clear focus to promote learning
- support children with additional needs