Child Watch and Zone Information

As a service to our valued members, our Child Watch and Zone programs provide on-site child care for our families and guests while using our facilities. Child Watch and Zone serve children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Our goal is to provide a positive experience for children in a safe and secure environment during your visit to our YMCA. We offer age-appropriate activities by offering the Child Watch to our younger children and the Zone to our school age children.

Mo-Th 8am-1pm and 4pm-8pm
Mo-Fr 8am-1pm and 4pm-8pmMo-Fr 8am-12pm and 4pm-8pm
Fr 8am-1pm andFr 8am-12pm and 4pm-7pm
Sat 8am-12pmSat 8am-12pmSat 8am-12pm
Mo-Th 4pm-8pmMo-Fr 4pm-8pm
Sat 8am-12pm
Mo-Th 5pm-7pm

Policies and Procedures

  • For each visit you must sign your child/children in and out. Parents are required to clearly complete each section of the Sign-In-Sheet. This information is used to verify membership status, track program usage, and most importantly for emergency purposes. Whoever signs the child/children in should also sign them out unless you make alternative arrangements with staff on duty. You may be asked to show a Photo ID.
  • At pick-up, your child/children will need to be signed out and staff will share information with you about your child/children’s stay including diapering, naps, food intake, demeanor, and play actives.
  • Please remember that you must remain in the Y or on the premises while your child/children are in Child Watch and or the Zone.
  • Your child/children may stay in Child Watch/Zone for no more than 2 consecutive hours.
  • Give staff any information about your child/children that may be valuable while he or she is in our care, such as temperament, allergies, likes and dislikes.
  • For safety reasons, please do not let your children open the Child Watch gates and or doors.
  • Please remind us of any allergies your child might have upon each visit to Child Watch.
  • Proper dress is required (shirt, pants, socks, and shoes). Shoes are required at all times for children who are old enough to walk; children who are not walking need to have socks on.
  • Children ages 6 to 12 are required to attend Zone when it is offered.
  • We require that all children have an information card on file and or signed-in upon arrival.
  • Please be conscious of our hours of operation.


Please keep ill children home. Children with runny noses, cough, flu symptoms, a rash, drainage from the eyes, vomiting, diarrhea, or fever will not be permitted in Child Watch or Zone. Child Watch and Zone Staff reserve the right to use their discretion regarding participation. If your child is too sick to attend school or other activities, they are not to attend the Child Watch.


Staff will not administer medications in the Child Watch and or Zone programs. An exception would be the administering of a medication for life-threatening reactions, such as allergies to peanuts. In this case, parents should train staff on duty to administer the appropriate medication. Please see a YMCA supervisor for procedures.

Food and Drinks

  • Snacks and drinks for your child/children are allowed as well supervised bottle-feeding. Peanut allergies are posted so please refrain from bringing in snacks containing nuts. Hot food and refrigerated foods not in re-sealable containers will be disposed of once child expresses that they are done eating.
  • Drinks must have a spill proof lid.
  • All containers and cups need to be labeled with child’s name. No glass containers permitted.

Toys from Home

  • Please do not bring toys, money, small objects or other items from home. We provide fun, safe, and age appropriate toys for all ages. If the toy is a needed comfort item please label it and take special care to remember it when you leave. Electronics are strongly discouraged.
  • We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or broken belongings.


  • The Muncie YMCA staff members strive to provide a safe and fun environment for all programs participants. Aggressive behavior is managed through Positive Discipline by redirection, discussion, and behavior modification, as well as reiterating the 4 core values of the YMCA (caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility). Our goal is to develop self-discipline and respect for others, and the safety of all the children in Child Watch. We strive to work collaboratively with all youth and their families. Positive Discipline is a kind and firm approach to working with children that strengths relationships, helps take responsibility for their actions and teaches problem solving skills.
  • If a child is having excessive problems (i.e. biting, hitting, etc.) a YMCA Staff will go get the parent/guardian and the child will be removed from Child Watch. If behavioral issues continue we reserve the right to discontinue service.
  • If a Child is constantly struggling with following instructions, there will be written documentation, which is a way to see how we can best work with the child. If the problem persists, the child will be issued a Disciplinary Report. After three Disciplinary Reports, a meeting will be scheduled with the guardian/parent regarding the child’s future in the Child Watch and Zone programs.
  • Examples of Inappropriate Behaviors:
    Refusal to follow directions
    Disrespect for others
    Not staying with staff
    Inappropriate language

Crying and upset children

If your child/children cries, screams, or is clearly anxious or distraught for longer than 15 minutes, a YMCA Staff Member will come get you. We want all children to enjoy their experience in Child Watch and Zone. However, it can be traumatic for some to leave their parent/guardian. We will do all we can to soothe your child.

Diaper Changing & Toilet Training


  • During your child/children’s stay with us, they are encouraged to engage in fun activities that include a variety of age-appropriate toys, equipment, and materials of interest and challenging to your child/children.
  • We make accommodations for children with special needs.


  • The YMCA of Muncie screens and trains all our Child Watch and Zone staff. There is a staff person on duty at all times in the Child Watch and Zone areas who has been trained in CPR, first aid, recognizing signs of child abuse, and recognizing symptoms of communicable diseases.
  • We are mandated by state law to report any suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities for investigation.
  • The YMCA of Muncie appreciates the opportunity to serve you and your family. Feedback forms are available at the Front Desk at all locations. Please let us know how we can better serve you and your family.