Fergus Falls Area Family YMCA

Child Watch

Enjoy the Y without worrying about your child. Use the Y's Child Watch and go work out within the facility while knowing your child is in great hands learning, enjoying story time, enrichment activities, arts & crafts, gym time, free play and building lasting friendships. This is a FREE service provided to family and single parent family memberships. All other membership types pay an hourly rate of $3.00/child.

MORNING HOURS

Monday - Friday
8:00am - Noon

Saturday
8:00am - Noon (Closed Saturdays Memorial Day Wknd - Labor Day Wknd)

EVENING HOURS

Monday - Thursday
4:00 - 8:00pm

How long can I leave my child in Child Watch? Maximum per day is 2 hours per child. Child Watch schedule may change based on usage. Please check at our Member Service’s Center for current schedule.

Is there a charge for Child Watch? Child Watch is provided as a free value-added service for our single parent family and family membership categories (please pick up a monthly punch card from Member Services Desk). All other membership types and non-members will be charged an hourly rate of $3.00 per child. Punch cards may be purchased at the Member Services Desk in amounts of $15 and $30. Payment may also be made for that day at the Member Services Desk in cash, please supply Child Watch staff with your punch card upon signing your child in.

How old does my child have to be to use Child Watch? Child Watch is available for children 6 weeks of age up to 7 years of age.

Sign in/sign out procedures: Our main concern is the safety and welfare of your child and though we are not a full-time childcare facility, we will provide some structured activities like reading, crafts and games. Every parent or guardian using the Child Watch service will be required to sign in and sign out on the log sheets in the Child Watch area. Please remember, you must remain in the building while your child is in our care. We reserve the right to ask for photo identification upon picking up your child.

Personal items: Parents that bring bags for their child’s personal items should see the Child Watch staff to help with attaching a nametag to your bag. Please label all of your child’s things such as bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups. We are not responsible for lost or broken items. Please do not bring toys or video games from home to Child Watch.

Diapering/toileting: The YMCA will no longer be changing diapers in our Child Watch. Parents will be notified to report to our Child Watch through our intercom system or directly by a staff member when their child is in need of a diaper change. It is the parent’s responsibility to report to Child Watch immediately. There is a baby changing table in the restroom within Child Watch for your convenience.

Discipline: We will always treat children in our care with kindness and respect. Child Watch staff is trained to use positive behavior guidance methods to gently guide disruptive children. Our questions or concerns will be passed along to parents just as will information regarding your child’s fun experiences.

Health exclusion policy: Please do not bring your child to Child Watch if they are not feeling well. If they have a fever of 100 degrees for higher please do not bring them to Child Watch. Children are welcome back once their fever has dropped below 99 degrees for 24 hours without the aid of medication. If you are in doubt, we ask that you keep them at home.

Medication administration: We are not able to dispense medication so please arrange your schedule accordingly.

Misc information: Please let us know of any changes including medication taken regularly, address change, allergies, etc… so we are informed and keep your child/children’s registration forms current. Please check the message board regularly for any information posted there.

Volunteers and donations: We always welcome quality volunteers and donations of gently used toys in this area. Please contact the program coordinator or the Executive Director if you are interested or can share.

Child Watch questions/issues: Please feel free to discuss your questions, concerns, or suggestions with the Youth & Recreation Director or the Executive Director.

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