The Ellen Geller Play Zone Center babysitting service is a warm, safe and stimulating “drop in” child care option for children ages 7 weeks through 11.
Play Zone babysitting is staffed by mature, qualified, certified teachers and teaching assistants. Parents do not need to stay in the building while their children are in Play Zone babysitting, making it the perfect place for the kids while you are busy exercising in our state-of-the-art Fitness and Wellness Center, attending a JCC program or running errands.
Play Zone babysitting features age-appropriate areas with interactive activities for all children. From infant tactile mats and nesting circles to our staff-guided activities such as arts & crafts and dramatic play, you can feel comfortable knowing that your children are well cared for in our clean, safe and fun environment.
Play Zone Hours
Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Hours are subject to change based on school holiday and Jewish holiday schedules.
Need care after 2:30 pm? Click here to learn more about our Kid Zone after school program.
Play Zone Fee
$4.50 per hour per child
Please note that there is a 2 hour time limit in the Ellen Geller Play Zone Center. Purchase Play Zone babysitting hours at our Member Services Desk.
The Ellen Geller Play Zone program is named in memory of Ellen Geller, a beloved JCC staff member who inspired and nurtured children under her care.
Ellen Geller Play Zone Policies and Procedures
Play Zone Hours: Play Zone hours can be purchased at the Member Services desk. The Play Zone manager will keep records of family hours used and their balances. She will email families when their balance is low.
Sign In/Out: All parents are required to check in with a staff member and sign their child(ren) out by signature.
Release of Children: In cases where someone other than the drop off parent /escort will be picking up child, we require a written note from the parent and a photo ID from the designated escort.
Diapering and Hygiene: All children entering the Play Zone room must have a clean diaper or pull up at time of drop off. Additional diapers/wipes will be provided if necessary. Kindly discuss your child's anticipated diapering needs with staff, it is always helpful. Since the JCC has a fully equipped environment, please refrain from bringing items from home with the exception of pacifiers.
Food and Snacks: The JCC does not provide any type of food or snacks while your child is in our care. You may bring in a nut-free dairy snack for your child. Please provide a bag or lunch container and be sure to label all snack containers or bags.
Sick Policy: When children are ill, the JCC is unable to provide care for them. Illnesses include but are not limited to fever, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes of unknown origin, cold, etc. Please make sure that your child is free of any of the aforementioned illnesses for at least 24 hours before bringing them to Play Zone. We reserve the right to deny access to a child who is ill or symptomatic.
NJ Licensing Standards: Play Zone is a "drop in" babysitting service at the JCC and we strictly adhere to the teacher/child ratio of New Jersey. If we have reached maximum capacity for the room, we will kindly ask you to check back in with us as children are continuously signed in and out of the room. Safety of the children is our primary concern at the JCC.
Play Zone Manager: Ayana Salahuddin