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Norfolk Family YMCA
Norfolk, Nebraska

Child Watch

Child Watch Hours, Fees & General Information

A convenient service for those who want to sneak that workout into their everyday parenting lives. Bring your child to drop off Child Watch while you go workout. This program is an unstructured, basic child watch service; parents must remain in the building the entire time their child is in Child Watch.

Ages – 6 weeks to 7 years

Availability – Members and non-members. Parents must remain on the YMCA premises.


Please note that as a non-member the day fee must be paid for the adult:

$2.25/hour for first child in same family

$3.50/hour for two children in same family

$4.75/hour for three children in same family

Punch cards are available for purchase in Child Watch or at the Welcome Center for $10. Punch cards remain in Child Watch. Please note: Hours are subject to change depending on usage. Child watch will close 45 minutes prior to closing time if no one is checked in.

Temporary Hours due to COVID-related restrictions

Limited to 10 children at a time.

Monday-Friday: 8:15 - 10:00 am

Monday-Thursday: 4:15 - 7:00 pm


Normal Hours (we hope to resume these sometime in 2021)

Mon-Thu: 8:00 am-1:00 pm and 4:15-8:00 pm 

Fri: 8:00 am-1:00 pm 

Sat: 8:00 am-11:00 am*

* In the summer—will open at 8:15 am on Saturdays.


A registration form must be filled out and signed by the parent/guardian before using Child Watch. All forms will be kept on file in Child Watch as long as membership is current.

Check In Procedures

Please pull your usage form when checking in and mark if you will be going to the Health and Wellness Center or to a group fitness class so we know where you are if in the rare instance we need to find you. If your child is in diapers, please check to see if they need changed before you leave to go workout.


Walking age children are required to wear shoes. If snow boots are worn, please bring an extra pair of shoes.


Please do not bring your child in if they are ill. If your child has been sick with a fever, please do not bring them until they have been fever-free for 24 hours. We will not accept children who have any illness associated with a fever or any communicable condition, such as ringworm, diarrhea, impetigo, head lice, pink eye, scabies, etc. This policy will be strictly enforced for the health and well-being of other children. If after checking in it is discovered that your child has a fever or other signs of illness, we will notify you to retrieve your child.

Personal Belongings

The YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items. We ask that you do not bring your child’s toys from home to Child Watch. It is often difficult for a child to share them with another child, and we do not want them to get lost or broken. Please refrain from bringing balloons as well due to latex allergies.


Bottles, diapers, baby wipes, and extra clothing must be provided by the parent. We ask that your child arrives wearing a clean, dry diaper. Please check to see if your child needs changed before leaving to go workout, if they need changed please do so. If extra diapers, wipes or clothing is not brought and your child needs changed you will be notified. Please label your child’s bottles, sippy cups, diaper bags, etc.


We do not provide any snacks or meals. Please feed your child prior to coming to the YMCA. With child watch being a drop off service, it is difficult to monitor and distribute snacks with children being on different schedules. For infants that are being bottle fed please bring milk with you, we do not want them crying because they are hungry. We have no schedule for infants/children.


We will use redirection and time-outs for inappropriate behavior. A time-out will be a brief separation from the group. Any problems will be discussed with the parents. If a problem persists and a solution cannot be reached you may be asked to not bring your child anymore due to the safety and well-being of the other children. The staff will make every effort to ensure that no child is punched, pinched, left alone, shaken, struck with any object, bitten or spanked. We are obligated by law to report any signs of child abuse to the proper authorities. If staff is unable to console a child after 10-15 minutes of continuous distress, the parent will be notified. We will make every effort to comfort the child, but do not want the child to have an unhappy experience.

Child Watch




Child Watch






Child Watch