CHILD WATCH

Support for Active Families


The YMCA creates a safe and fun environment for children to stay active and engaged while their parents focus on their own personal health. Playful, engaging options are plentiful for young children while you exercise or connect with others over shared interests.

More than ever, busy parents need support. When parents come to the Y for a class, group activity or workout, their kids need a safe, enriching environment where they can build healthy, trusting relationships with other kids and adults.

At Child Watch, children play under the supervision of caring, trained Y staff. It is our goal to provide a safe, fun environment for your child while parents are able to relax, connect with other Y members and enjoy healthy activities at the Y.

Child Watch is available free of charge for children ages 3 months to 12 years old who have a family membership at the Greater Naples YMCA. Parents may leave their children in Child Watch for a maximum of 2 hours a day. Parents MUST remain in the YMCA facility when using Child Watch.

SIGN-IN & OUT

We put safety first with a sign in/sign out procedure that we practice at all times. Children must be signed in by a parent, guardian or an adult (18+), who is listed on the child’s Family Membership. Parents must list the child’s name and the location of where they will be within the building.

CHILD WATCH FOOD POLICY

For safety reasons, no food or dairy products are permitted in Child Watch. Child Watch staff can not bottle feed infants or children while they are in Child Watch. Leak-proof water bottles are allowed. Please label your child’s water bottle.

ILLNESS

To ensure the health and safety of all children in our care, any child who appears to have any illness or contagious condition, will not be admitted to the Child Watch Center. Staff may request that you bring in a note from a doctor before your child returns to the Child Watch Center.

TOYS FROM HOME

We have a great variety of toys, books and other activities for your children during their visit with us. For this reason we do not encourage children to bring personal belongings to Child Watch. Pacifiers and car seats are encouraged for infants; however, pacifiers must be attached to children with clips.

DIAPERS

Please ensure that all children arrive in dry and clean diapers. Staff will change diapers, as long as all supplies are provided. We will page you if we require your assistance in changing your child. If your child is in the process of toilet training, let us know so we can encourage them to use the restroom!

CRYING

If a child is upset and crying in Child Watch, staff will make every effort to calm and comfort the child and help them acclimate to the Child Watch environment. After 10 minutes of crying, the staff will locate the parent to assist in calming the child. Parents may attempt to leave the child a second time, but if crying persists for another 10 minutes, parent will be called to pick up the child.


CHILD WATCH HOURS

Days Morning Session Evening Session
Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Closed
Sunday Closed Closed

Parents may leave their children in Child Watch for a maximum of 2 hours a day. Parents MUST be in the YMCA facility when using Child Watch.

CONTACT US

For more information on Child Watch or Parent's Night Out, please contact:

Ivan Torres
Sr. Coordinator for Child Care and Youth Development
239.963.3773
Email Ivan