Enhanced Safety & Procedures

Please note, our YMCA Child Care centres are currently open and operating with enhanced health and safety procedures. With the recent announcement of school closures, our School Age programs will be closed until at least January 11, 2020.

Our Y Educators and Staff have been busy welcoming children back in a safe and supportive manner. Even if your child isn't returning right away, we want to ensure you are informed about our enhanced health and safety measures in all of our YMCA Child Care Centres.

Here are a few things that have changed since we last saw you:

Social Distancing

Physical Spaces

Physical spaces and the layout of our centre will look a little different to support physical distancing measures.

Event Changes


We have re-evaluated some of the materials and items in classrooms to ensure they exceed health and safety guidelines.

People at Risk


You will also notice, there will be reduced ratios in classrooms (even more support than before for your child).



Please allow for additional time at drop off to include a health check and enhanced COVID-19 screening for both the parent and the child.

Some things may have changed, but a lot (and it’s all good) still remains:

  • Our commitment to supporting your children’s needs through quality care, curriculum, and small group practices.
  • Our best health practices such as hand washing and disinfecting.
  • Our daily schedule for play, snacks, meals, and rest time.
  • Our supportive, educated, and caring staff.
  • Our passion for what we do!

Lastly, we are asking that all parents/guardians thoroughly read the 'YMCA of Southwestern Ontario COVID-19 Policy.

This document gives specific details including, but not limited to; cleaning and disinfecting in our Child Care Centres, maximum cohort size and ratio, screening processes, process for children/staff displaying COVID-19 symptoms, and a list of online COVID-19 resources.

Read the full Policy here