YMCA Physical Healthy Development (YPHD)

December 14, 2020 – Update

Hello YPHD Families,

As we are sure you have heard from Nova Scotia Public Health and the Halifax Regional Center for Education, the School Christmas break will be starting early and ending later than originally planned.

Therefore, the last day of the YPHD Before and After School program will be this Friday December 18, 2020. The program will begin again on Monday January 11, 2021 unless we are otherwise directed by Public Health and HRCE.

If you have any questions, please reach out.

Thank you and have a happy holiday season.

 

Angela Thorpe  – Director of YPHD

The YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth

angela.thorpe@halifax.ymca.ca

 

TL Johannesson –  Manager of Child and Youth

The YMCA of Greater Halifax/ Dartmouth

tl.johannesson@halifax.ymca.ca

 

 

We continue to take YPHD registration for the 2020/21 school year.  YPHD Before and After School programs are going ahead as usual with a start date of September 8, 2020 with guidance from Public Health and HRCE.

We have created additional safety measures at your child’s YPHD locations:

YPHD Operational Plans 

YPHD is a program for children in Primary to Grade Six designed to increase the physical activity levels of children.

YPHD offers:

  • Before, during, and after school activities
  • A healthy alternative for child care
  • Quality programming and tools that focus on developing healthy habits
  • HIGH FIVE and CATCH curriculum components
  • A fun, inclusive, and physical environment

At the Y, we believe that if children learn to be active and are given the opportunity to make healthy food choices at a young age, that they will grow up to live healthy, active lives.

The foundation of our YPHD program is built on the YMCA Healthy Child Development Framework which focuses on the importance of play, relationships and health. By focusing on these key areas, we can improve the overall health and well-being of children in our community.

At the Y, we know that play helps children:

  • improve and maintain physical health and well-being
  • release stress and build resiliency skills
  • have fun!

We know that a focus on relationships allows children to:

  • build positive connections with peers
  • learn how to problem solve
  • develop their ability to express empathy

And, we also know that by focusing on health, children can:

  • learn how to make healthy choices
  • become more physically active and get their bodies moving
  • develop healthy relationships with others, and
  • foster a healthy spirit

 

For more information about YPHD, please contact: 

Angela Thorpe, Director of YPHD
angela.thorpe@halifax.ymca.ca
(902) 497-3324