Playing to Learn - CKW YMCA

Playing to Learn

Boy Showing Artwork

Children love to play and actually do their best learning through play

Critical learning takes place in the first six years of a child’s life–learning that requires a nurturing and caring environment. That’s why we have YMCA Playing to Learn, a national play–based curriculum that helps children discover learning through creative play. We believe that YMCA Playing to Learn is the best approach to ensuring a child's continued enthusiasm and capacity for life–long learning. Not only does it align with primary school benchmarks, but it combines decades of experience in child care delivery with the latest body of knowledge on how the brain develops and how children learn.

YMCA Playing to Learn Boosts Kids’ Learning Potential

YMCA Child Care is a welcoming supportive and safe environment where children build positive connected relationships with caring adults.   YMCA Child Care provides exciting and challenging experiences that enhance your child’s social, intellectual, physical and emotional development.  We promote children’s natural curiosity and encourage personal expression so that children develop into confident, caring, healthy individuals.

We’ve learned that children at play are already building the foundations for their major life skills, including language and literacy, mathematics, science and technology, the arts, personal and social development as well as physical development. Playtime experiences are an important way to understand how kids learn, and how we can help them learn more effectively.

Girl playing with a puzzle

YMCA Playing to Learn Curriculum is recognized as a leading approach to instilling a strong educational foundation in children. The curriculum is used by other YMCAs across Ontario and is regularly cited for its unique and innovative involvement of educators and children in an enriched learning environment.

The YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum lets our experienced Early Childhood Educators help your children develop and grow. By using play as a way to teach, our educators gain insight into how your kids learn. They then use that insight to build a dynamic in-class environment.

But that’s only half the story. The teachers themselves benefit from a unique training program that lets them access the latest educational tools and processes. YMCA Playing to Learn gives our Early Childhood Educators a framework to regularly improve their own professional knowledge. This framework includes formal training and on-site mentoring for all staff that work with children. The YMCA’s commitment to its educators ensures our teachers can always deliver on their own commitments to your children.

Our curriculum takes all areas of your child’s development into account, including their physical, emotional, cognitive, and social behaviour. We then adapt the curriculum to meet the specific needs of your child. That way, your child’s interests help shape their learning experience.