Child Watch Policies


The Child Watch staff believes that all children deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why, through the Y, millions of youth today are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

Child Watch exists for the purpose of providing a safe, nurturing environment for children while their parents utilize the YMCA facility. The Child Watch program's collective spirit is characterized by Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Caring. Child Watch staff are respectful of the beliefs, values and cultural diversity of the children and their families. The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region strives toward developing a strong partnership with families. The Child Watch staff will guide children toward open communication when conflict arises, identifying together respectful, peaceful solutions.


As a nanny for children of YMCA families, one must complete the Contact Information Form, provide a valid photo ID and receive a Nanny Pass at the Front Desk before utilizing the facility. A recurring monthly fee of $10 will be added to the YMCA member account to accommodate for the nanny pass.

Below are the following rules for nannies while using the YMCA facilities:

  • Nanny cannot use Child Watch and must accompany children they are responsible for at all times while in the facility.
  • Nanny will scan themselves and the child/children in upon entering the facility.
  • Any violation of these restrictions will result in the Nanny Pass being revoked.


Child Watch is a benefit available as part of a One Adult or Two Adult Family membership. Children of parents with an Adult Membership and non-member families must obtain a guest pass from the membership desk for their child. Some centers provide services for partner facilities; please inquire at your facility for details.


For your child’s safety, parents, grandparents, sibling 16 years or older and legal guardians are the only members authorized to check their children in or out of Child Watch programs. We will ask you to present your membership card and a photo ID when you check your child in and out. Parents and guardians may leave their children in Child Watch for up to 2 hours per day. Parents and guardians may not leave the Y or the partner facility while their children are in Child Watch.


If the Child Watch staff is unable to console a child after 10 minutes of continuous distress, we will page the parent to return to Child Watch. Parents may visit the room for up to ten minutes to comfort their child (10 minutes will be added to your time). We will make every effort to comfort your child, but we do not want any child to have an unhappy experience.


For the health and safety of all our children, we ask that they wear proper footwear to Child Watch. We ask for your help in encouraging your child to leave their shoes on (shoes that tie or velcro are best), unless they are playing in the bounce house or structure, then they must wear socks.


You may provide a bottle, sippy cup, or other spill-proof container (such as a water bottle) for your child. Because of the high incidence of food allergies, no food is permitted in Child Watch.


Children should not be in Child Watch if they are ill and should not return to Child Watch until they have been fever-free and symptom-free for 24 hours without medication. If during your child’s visit, we discover that your child has a fever or other signs of illness, the staff will ask you to return to Child Watch immediately.

A child should not be in Child Watch if he/she has any of the following illnesses: fever over 100.5; vomiting; diarrhea; flu-like symptoms; persistent cough; yellow or green nasal drainage; bacterial conjunctivitis (pinkeye) and/or yellow discharge from the eye; strep throat; hand, foot, & mouth disease; exposed rash without doctor’s approval, and head lice.

If you discover that your child has one of the conditions noted above after a recent visit to Child Watch (24 hours), please notify the Y staff.


All personal items that you bring to Child Watch must be labeled with your child’s name. We ask that you do not bring your child’s toys or electronic devices to Child Watch; they may get lost or broken and it is often difficult for a child to share them with other children. While we are respectful of personal property and will do our best to safeguard these items, the Y is not responsible for loss or damage to personal items.


Our staff will do their best to involve every child in age-appropriate activities including: arts and crafts; music and dance; toys, games and puzzles; physical activity and outdoor playtime (weather permitting).


It is the intent of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region to include children with special needs in activities to the greatest extent possible. Recognizing limitations due to a child’s special need is important and, with this in mind, the YMCA will make every attempt to adapt program activities, staffing and facilities through reasonable accommodation. It is recommended that a family member tour the program area with the appropriate YMCA staff, along with the child before the first day of services. This provides the family with an opportunity to observe the program, facility and staff. This also allows the staff to learn what can be done to enhance the child’s involvement in the program.


Child Watch staff will change disposable diapers for babies under 3 years old with supplies (diapers, wipes) you provide in their diaper bag or backpack. We do not change or store soiled cloth diapers; parents will be called to take care of cloth diapers.

If a child is the process of toilet training please notify the staff; the Child Watch staff will do our best to remind your child to use the restroom on a regular basis. Child Watch staff will not accompany children into the bathroom stalls nor will they assist with bathroom functions or with changing clothes. Parents will be called to assist their children and an additional 10 minutes will be added onto allotted time. If a child has an accident, parents will call to Child Watch, and staff will comfort and assist the child.


Parents are welcome to enter the Child Watch program space to help a child get acclimated for no longer than 10 minutes. If there are special circumstances concerning a child, please discuss this with the Child Watch staff.


Limits are set positively and are developmentally appropriate based on the child’s age and development stage.

The Child Watch staff works with children to respect the rights and feelings of others and to avoid disruptive behaviors that would interfere with program activities. Aggressive behaviors such as hitting, kicking, biting, tripping, verbal “put-downs”, spitting and other similar inappropriate behaviors will not be tolerated and staff will work with parents.

When a child is aggressive or disruptive, the following steps may be taken:

  • Child Watch staff stop the child from hurting him/herself or others.
  • Child Watch staff will redirect the child to another activity or encourage time away from the activity.
  • If the behavior happens again, the Child Watch staff will again try to redirect and calm the child. Parents will be notified and the behavior will be documented.
  • If the behavior is persistent and the Child Watch staff cannot redirect the child to other activities, then the parent will be asked to come and pick up the child from the program.
  • If a child consistently displays inappropriate behavior in the program, the child may be suspended for an extended period of time.


Staff cannot administer any medication. If a child is in the program and needs medication, a parent or guardian will need to administer the medication.


Child’s safety is the Child Watch staff's number one priority. In the event of a building evacuation, staff will take the children out to the assigned location. During an evacuation, parents will not be allowed to check children out until the children are in a secured area and attendance will be taken.


Child Watch & Kids Club

Child Watch and Kids Club are provided to members for up to two hours per day. To use Child Watch or the Kids Club, the child must be active members on an account. Contact your local Y for specific age groups for Child Watch and Kids Club.

Guest Passes

Children who are not active members or are guests of members are not eligible to utilize the Child Watch or Kids Club programs.




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