Child Watch Policies and Procedures
Sign-In & Sign-Out
Please be sure to sign in your child each time you visit. You will be issued an identification bracelet which must be worn for the duration of your visit to the Y. Record your name, cell number, bracelet ID#, your planned location in the YMCA, and the drop-off time. We ask you to state where you will be in the building so we can reach you if a need arises. On signing out, staff will check the number on your bracelet for identification. Use of Child Watch is limited to 90 minutes per adult per day, up to five times per week. Even if the whole 90 minutes have not been used up, it still counts as your visit for the day. Please be on time to pick up your children. If there is a pattern of over use of time, there may be time penalties or you may not be allowed to use the space. There must be 2 hours between visits for children on a 2 parent membership.
You are welcome to provide your child with a snack. Please label it with your child’s name. This is done for the safety of all. Children with food allergies must be protected and nutritional concerns respected. We will not give out unlabeled snacks. Children are not allowed to share snacks. We are not an allergen free zone. Please alert the staff at the time of drop off if your child has food related allergy.
We care about the health and safety of all the children in our programs, and our staff. Please adhere to the following policies.
A child may not attend Child Watch if he/she has:
- Been absent from school that day due to illness
- Discolored discharge from the nose
- A persistent cough
- Had a temperature over 100°F within the last 24 hours
- Had diarrhea or vomiting within the last 24 hours
- Has active lice that have not been treated
If any of these symptoms are present, or any symptoms that cause our staff concern, we reserve the right to prevent you from using Child Watch.
YMCA staff is not allowed to change diapers, so please have your children freshly diapered before drop-off. If there is a need for a diaper change, we will come to get you. Both of the Child Watch rooms have bathroom facilities; the Cuddle Room and Wibble Wobble rooms are equipped with changing tables.
We take all children outside as often as the weather permits. Therefore, children must have outside coats or sweaters. Your child will get dirty! Please make sure they are dressed accordingly. Shoes must be worn at all times outside. However, babies who do not walk yet may wear only socks. Please understand that outside play is integral to our program. We are not staffed to provide inside care when we take the children outside. Please follow these additional season-related policies:
- Apply sunscreen and bug spray to your child before drop-off. We cannot apply it for you.
- We do not eat snacks outside – if we are already outside when you arrive and your child is hungry, you may sign your child in, sit inside with your child until they finish their snack and then take them outside.
- Inside toys are to remain inside.
Winter Weather Policy
Northampton School District Delayed openings:
If Northampton schools are delayed, all group exercise classes and scheduled programs will run. Child watch services will be open for ages 6 weeks – 5 years.
Northampton School District Closings:
If Northampton schools are closed, all youth programs, group exercise classes, and child watch services will be canceled until 1pm. The YMCA leadership will make additional decisions regarding afternoon and evening classes/programming/child watch by 1pm.
Weekend decisions are made the morning of or evening before and communicated through voice mail, website, Facebook, and TV.