All children who attend the Kids Club program must be registered. To register, parents must fill out a registration card and submit a copy of the child’s birth certificate. At that time you will receive a handbook explaining the program.
If we need to close Kids Club for inclement weather there will be a message left on ext. 423. Kids Club is closed for one week at the end of August. A reminder will be posted with the information.
Sign In/Out Procedure
Parents sign children in and out. Parents must label their child’s snacks and place a name-tag on the child. It is best to label all of your child’s belongings. Parents may not leave their belongings in the room. The Y offers lockers for members while working out. Children’s coats must be hung up outside of room. Y is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Release of children
Children will only be released to the same parent that signed them in. Until we get to know parents and children, parents may be asked to show identification. Your Y membership card is fine.
Health and Safety
Children should only attend the program when they are healthy. If your child shows any symptoms of being ill you must submit a doctor’s note stating that they are not contagious. Children who are home from school sick are not permitted in the room. Information needed includes, in writing, any allergies or special medical needs that your child has. The classroom and all toys are cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis.
We ask that parents bring their children to the bathroom and/or put on a fresh diaper before coming to the program. We will call parents to change any diapers or help children who are newly potty-trained and require assistance in the bathroom. Staff will escort older children to the bathroom and wait outside for them.
In the event of an emergency, the staff will evacuate the children to the sidewalk on Ferris Place. Parents should evacuate from the nearest exit and walk around to meet their child. We have enough Y staff to safely evacuate the rooms. Children MUST BE SIGNED OUT before leaving.
Philosophy of Discipline
The Westfield Area Y holds children in the highest regard. We believe in promoting a healthy self-image and always reinforce positive behavior. We accomplish this by practicing the techniques of encouragement, acknowledgement of positive behaviors, shaping and role modeling. When we need to extinguish negative behaviors we rely on non-threatening techniques. Children are first distracted from the negative situation and then redirected to something positive. If necessary a quiet area is used to provide children several seconds to think about their actions.
We at the Westfield Area Y believe children need structure and discipline. We strongly believe that children are human beings who require respect. Our philosophy of discipline reflects these feelings.
The Y reserves the right to discipline any child from Kids Club who is harmful or a threat to the well being of any other children/staff or that does not adhere to the policies and procedures. The expulsion policy is detailed in the handbook.