February 22 - YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics facilities will be reopening on March 1st. For more information about pre-booking your workouts and other important changes, please read our Reopening Information.
We're hiring Registered Early Childhood Educators!
YMCA educators focus on building responsive relationships with children in environments where they feel physically and emotionally safe to play, learn, and have fun.
Our YMCA educators are qualified professionals who receive extensive mentorship. The YMCA believes in lifelong learning and provides regular opportunities for educators to expand their skills both through the YMCA and external training. YMCA Child Care is a supportive team of educators who are connected and share resources, learning, and opportunities for growth.
To start your career in YMCA child care, check out our job postings today!
Check out one of our child care centres in action
Want to learn more about our child care educators?
Life and Learning at YMCA Child Care
Beth Pipe, RECE
From a young age I always knew I wanted to have a career with children. Being an educator allows me to grow alongside the children in our care and create long-lasting relationships with families. I love watching children’s minds at work and the humour that they bring everyday. Witnessing a child succeed at something you have been working on is such a rewarding experience.
Jacqueline Thompson, Inclusion Support Facilitator
The early years are so important and I love that I am able to incorporate the YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum to encourage their growth and development. The YMCA’s core values of; caring, honesty, respect, inclusion, and responsibility, played a crucial part in why I chose to work at the YMCA. In my experiences so far, I have witnessed all of the core values in practice. One of my ambitions is to grow within the organization and to challenge myself when new experiences arise.
My work as a Day Camp counselor, Helping Hands Site Director, Beyond the Bell educator, and Inclusion Support Facilitator, has deepened my passion for working with children, families, and community partners to create inclusive, safe, and engaging experiences for children.
I have grown professionally and personally through my YMCA committee and program participation. This involvement has given me opportunities to collaborate with individuals from different departments, all levels of management and in many geographical areas (Locally, nationally, and globally), broadening my perspective and learning to be an effective leader within the YMCA organization.
Working for an organization that has core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and belonging, a clear mission and vision is important to me. I appreciate working within an organization that truly embraces these foundational principles in the work we do in the community. I see firsthand the positive impact the YMCA is making throughout Hamilton/ Burlington/ Brantford communities, particularly those who are vulnerable and in need. This is what brings deep meaning and satisfaction to my work and personal life.