Bring your child(ren) while you utilize our facility! Child Watch is a service that is available to any Norwich Family YMCA member. Children will be cared for in our Child Watch Room by one of our qualified youth staff members. We have a variety of toys and activates available to the children as well as access to the Kids Gym. Children ages 6 weeks to 10 tears are welcome.
Child Watch Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm & 4:00-7:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 am
- All infants must have diapers and wipes provided in bag.
- Bottles and cups should be labeled with child's name.
- When you come in, stop by the Front Desk and they can direct you to the Child Watch Room. A staff member will greet you there and ask that you sign your child in.
- Staff will not release your child(ren) to any other person unless written or verbal permission is given by the parent of guardian and proper identification is available.
- Children are signed in and out by a responsible adult and can attend the program for no longer than 2 hours.
- Staff will notify the parent or guardian via building page to pick up a child, if the child is inconsolable for more than five minutes or has become ill.
- Parents are required to stay in the building and must be accessible in the event of an emergency.
- Parents and/or guardians will be asked to sign our Child Watch Parent/Guarding Agreement upon their first visit and this document will be kept on file.
- Medication cannot be administered by Child Watch staff
- Snacks are not allowed in the child watch room or to be served during the program.
Staff Supervision and Interaction:
- The ideal staff ratio to children will be a maximum of 1:10 school age children, 1:6 toddler/preschool, and 1:2 infants.
- Staff interact with children at their eye level. Interactions are frequent. Most of the staff time is spent directly with children.
- Staff speak with children in a friendly, positive, courteous manner.
- Staff treat each child with dignity and respect.
- Staff and volunteers may bring their own child to the program only if the child is able to play independently, allowing staff to assume his or her responsibility to the remainder of the group.
- Staff greet parents, direct them to sign their child in and out, and share the details of the child's stay in the program.
- Staff guide children and redirect behaviors in a positive manner.
- Staff meet the basic needs of the children and make sure they are comfortable.
Health and Safety:
- Children who are ill may not participate in the program. If a child is home sick from school they cannot be signed into the program.
- When parents sign-in, they are agreeing that the child has been healthy for the past 24 hours.
- A diapering plan is in place. Staff must: wash hands or use non-latex gloves; sanitize surface after use; use proper diapering techniques; and dispose of diaper properly. Children are never left in wet or soiled diapers for an extended period of time. Staff will not be authorized to apply any ointment when diapering. Children in cloth diapers need to be in a cover. Cloth diaper changes will be the responsibility of the parent or at the discretion of the staff member on duty.
- Staff and children wash their hands before and after diapering/toileting, before and after bottle feeding an infant, and after wiping runny noses.
Parent Communication and Involvement
- Information about the program is shared with all prospective users.
- Staff introduce themselves to new families and take a moment to explain the program.
- Staff share information with parents about the child's stay, including; diapering, food intake, demeanor, and play activities.