Child Watch (Members Only)
While You're Here, Childcare!
The Bath Area Family YMCA Child Care programs offer opportunities for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old to interact in an inclusive, child‐directed environment. Member child-watch offers opportunities for children to interact in an inclusive, child-directed environment. We focus on learning through the development areas of cognitive, social-emotional, language, and physical development, while utilizing “play” as the focal point for all learning. We monitor and assist children in the acquisition of new skills, believing that children learn at their own pace and develop skills as they build upon gained knowledge.
In our program, we use the following techniques to guide each child in using appropriate behavior: classroom design, language, modeling, choices, time away, and conflict resolution.
Families are an integral part of our program. Teachers help to introduce diversity through cultural, physical, and economic differences, while working with the children and families involved in our programs. Our conflict resolution goal is to create an environment that nurtures, encourages respect, promotes self-esteem and trust and teaches conflict resolution. Our hope is that the experiences we offer will promote unique and positive outcomes for the children and families.
How do I register?
Register at the Front Desk. You must call to reserve the times that you would like your children to attend. You may use up to 2 one-hour slots per child. Payment is made through the front desk and can be made daily in cash or check.
Space is available on a first come, first serve basis, with the maximum number of children allowed at any given time in the day. The provider reserves the right to limit the number of children under their care. This is for the safety of your children.
Please make sure all children are picked up and dropped off on time. Children are only to be signed in or released to a legal guardian. If you are late picking up your child, you will be charged for an extra slot. When picking up your child, please be considerate of other parents picking up and dropping off, there should be no more than a 5 minute leeway.
Be sure to fill out a children’s information form for EACH child. Parents/Guardians must remain in the building at all times while children are in our care. Only those listed on the form can pick up and drop off children. Each person must be a family member/YMCA member.
Cancellations received less than half an hour before the time slot begins will still incur the per slot fee. Families that do not show up, or do not cancel will be charged a $5 fee.
If slots are not booked by the following times, Child Watch will be closed from morning to 9 a.m.
Children will only leave the classroom under the supervision of a staff member in the following situations: the use of the bathroom, to play in another supervised location in the YMCA, in case of a Fire Drill/Alarm and we have to evacuate the room. Children can join the staff only with parental permission, located on the enrollment paperwork.
If a behavior or condition exists which threatens the health and safety of children or teachers, Child Watch privileges may be revoked.
The YMCA is mandated by state law to report any suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities.
When is Child Watch closed?
Child Watch is closed for the following holidays: Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Day after Christmas, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Day after New Year's, Memorial Day, Independence Day.
In addition, Child Watch follows the local school calendar, which means if there is a day off from school, Child Watch is closed. Other occasions may arise, where we need to close Child Watch to support other programs within the YMCA. We will give as much notice as possible. Thank you for understanding!
Check out WCSH 6 for updates on closings and cancellations.
Do I need to provide my child with snacks?
Yes. Children are required to sit during meal times and are asked to bring nutritious foods. Peanuts, peanut based products, mustard and sesame seeds, candy, chips, and soda are not permitted. We also ask that infants bring bibs and spoons from home. If you plan on bringing a special snack to Child Watch, we ask that you bring only store bought items. Please label all items clearly with your child’s name.
What is your child illness policy?
A child who is not well enough to participate in our daily activities should not attend. A child who is presenting any of the following symptoms should be kept home and will be sent home if any of these symptoms are noted:
A temperature of 101˚ or higher
Diarrhea or vomiting
An unexplained rash
Discharge from the eyes or ears
Please notify us if your child has any of these symptoms or has been diagnosed with a communicable disease.
Can my child bring toys from home?
Yes. However, the YMCA staff will not be responsible for broken or lost items brought from home. Children must also understand that they will be required to take turns with and share their toy. Comfort items, such as a blanket, are encouraged, but a favorite toy can quickly become a source of conflict.