- Children must be signed in and out of Child Watch by an adult (18 & up).
- Children need to be signed out of Child Watch by the same person who signed them in, unless prior arrangements have been made.
- If you are babysitting another child, you may only bring that child with written permission from the parent or guardian. Rates will be assessed for that child dependent on whether his or her parent/guardian is a YMCA member.
- A photo ID is required for pick-up of children from Child Watch.
Child Watch staff cannot accept a child in to Child Watch if they have had the following symptoms within the last 24 hours:
- Fever of 100 or more
- Diarrhea and/or vomiting
- Communicable diseases (including pink eye)
- Open sores
- Yellow or green runny nose or eyes
- Excessive cough
If your child appears ill, we will contact you and ask you to take your child home. If your child stayed home from school because he or she is not feeling well, they should not be in Child Watch. In order to return to Child Watch, a Doctor’s note may be requested at staff discretion.
Employees may not administer medicine, including diaper cream. Please do not bring prescriptions or over-the–counter medicine to Child Watch.
We ask that you notify Child Watch if your child has come down with a contagious disease and were in Child Watch during the incubation period.
Communicable disease notification will be posted in Child Watch for seven days to alert parents of possible exposure.
Open wounds or skin irritations must be covered while in Child Watch. Please ask an attendant if your child needs a bandage.
You will be notified immediately of any emergency or potentially serious injury concerning your child. You will be updated on any other situations when you pick up your child. Appropriate first aid or comforting techniques will be used for each particular situation.
Wee Deliver is a service available that can transport your child to OR from class. We only drop-off to swim lessons. Child must be potty-trained and have swim suit on when arriving to Child Watch.
SAFE SLEEP POLICY
The YMCA of Greater Waukesha County follows the Safe Sleep Guidelines as recommended by the Milwaukee Health Department and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Snacks are not provided by the YMCA, however there may be designated snack times and policies at individual Y’s. Not all Y’s have snack time available in Child Watch but there is a designated area available at each branch for you to provide snack to your child.
- The Y encourages healthy eating. If you are bringing a snack for your child please try and encourage healthy choices. Food should be cut in bite-sized pieces.
- All cups, bottles, and snack containers should be marked with your child's name. We will not give unmarked items to any child.
- If your child needs a bottle, please have the bottles pre-mixed or the formula pre-measured. All bottles will be given at room temperature to children under the age of 1, as we do not have the means to heat or cool the bottle.
- Children ages 1 & up may drink water from a sippy cup or water bottle if brought from home.
- Staff cannot spoon feed your child.
Due to severe allergies, nuts or nut products are not allowed in Child Watch.
Please call for specific information and snack schedule.
If you pick-up your child after closing time OR exceed the 3 hour time limit, you may be subject to suspension from Child Watch services.
Proper clothing and undergarments are required in Child Watch. The temperature inside may vary so prepare by dressing your child in appropriate clothing.
• All infants are required to have their feet covered with socks or shoes.
• All mobile children must wear shoes or socks. Bare feet are not permitted in Child Watch.
• Wet shoes or boots are not allowed in Child Watch. Please bring a dry pair of shoes to change into during inclement weather.
- Children who are being toilet-trained will be directed to use the bathroom.
- Children should be able to use the bathroom without assistance.
- Staff will give minimal assistance with bathroom functions and with changing or adjusting clothes.
- Parents will be called to assist their child with any difficulties.
- If your child is potty-training, wearing pull-ups or 3 years and older, we will locate you in the event of a bowel movement.
- Children who soil their clothes need to have their clothing changed by their parent before returning to Child Watch. Please bring a change of clothes.
- Please bring your child in a clean, dry diaper.
- Disposable diapers will be changed for children as needed.
- Please bring diapers and wipes for your child. We will retrieve you if you do not have diapers. We cannot apply diaper rash cream of any kind.
- We encourage the use of disposable diapers, but cloth diapers are allowed. However, we are unable to rinse soiled diapers or rubber pants: all soiled items will be placed in a bag and returned to you.
- Diaper bags must be labeled on the outside. We will not use items from unmarked bags.
For everyone in Child Watch to have a safe and positive experience, we utilize the following behavior management approach:
- If a child is misbehaving, we will redirect the child to an appropriate activity. We will suggest several alternatives. For children over age three, we will try "quiet time."
- A Behavior form may be completed and discussed with the parent to address inappropriate behavior.
- If inappropriate behavior continues and becomes a safety issue for your child or other children, we will ask that you remove your child from Child Watch for an amount of time determined by staff.
- For the safety and well-being of all children using Child Watch, inappropriate behavior (i.e., spitting, biting, inappropriate language, harm to self, harm to others or property) may lead to a loss of Child Watch privileges for your child or family.
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 15 minutes of crying, the staff will locate the caregiver to assist in calming the child. Parents may attempt to leave the child a second time, but if crying persists for another 15 minutes, the caregiver will be called to pick up the child.
If your child has any special needs please inform the staff, coordinator or director prior to check-in. The YMCA will make every effort to accommodate your family. We recommend that the caregiver sit down for a conference with the Child Watch Coordinator and Camp & Family Director prior to the first visit to ensure a successful partnership between the staff and family.
We are always appreciative of donations including toys, books, and clothes in good condition. Donations are accepted pending approval of the Child Watch Coordinator. Please leave your name and contact information at the time of your donation. All donations are tax-deductible.
Opportunities to volunteer are available in many areas of the YMCA. Ask for an application at the front desk.
We believe in providing membership and program services to all who desire to participate. The YMCA's financial assistance program, supported in part through contributions to our Annual Campaign, provides membership and program scholarships for those in need.