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.
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.
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!
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|
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.
PARENT'S NIGHT OUT
Why scramble for a sitter when you can bring your children to the YMCA for Parents’ Night Out? Check out that restaurant you’ve heard so much about, catch a movie, enjoy a romantic evening together or hang out with friends.
Your children will enjoy a fun-filled evening that includes games, arts and crafts, movies, monthly themes and more! This service is for Greater Naples YMCA Family Membership holders only (no drop in or guest rates).
Dates: First and third Saturday of every month
Times: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the Youth Development Center.
Cost: $5 per child (PNO is non-refundable)
Reserve your spot: Advance registration is required for all Parent’s Night Out events. Space is limited. You can register by visiting the Member Services desk or by calling 239.597.3148.
Food is not provided during Parent's Night Out events. Please bring a lunch box with food & snacks, clearly labeled. Cell phones and other electronics are not permitted.
For more information on Child Watch or Parent's Night Out, please contact:
Sr. Coordinator for Child Care and Youth Development