Keeper of the Kids

Kids care.“I’m really good with kids,” said Stephanie Geissler, the childcare provider and a trainer at CrossFit Wilmington.

She backed up her statement with the fact she has 11 brothers and sisters and has been working with kids since she was 14 years old.

Geissler began the childcare program about three years ago at the Box in Wilmington, North Carolina. She had got the idea from her hairdresser and immediately discussed it with the leaders of the Box. “I wanted to be able to allow the parents to have someone they could trust [their kids with] while they workout for an hour,” she said.

However, research on licenses and permits was done before anything happened. “We did our research on what classified it as just a kids care and then a daycare,” she said. In the state of North Carolina, if you care for more than two children for more than four hours a day, you might need to be licensed. Geissler never cares for children for more than two hours.

On the other side of things, the childcare room is broken up into three sections: an area with a couch and TV for older kids, a toy area and a common area where Geissler can keep watch on it all. When parents come to drop off their children, aged anywhere from six weeks to 12 years old, Geissler has each sign a liability form, complete with rules of the room and any allergies the children may have.

Open from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. through the week, and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Geissler has a steady stream of volunteers who step in to help with the room. The main thing with her volunteers is that they are First Aid/CPR certified.

She advised to search for help in two specific areas. “Look around for college students who are really good with kids who want a free membership,” she said. “They’re always willing to help out. And then the moms: The moms have been a great help for me. And when other moms see other moms helping in the kids care, it makes them feel more comfortable. You never know unless you ask people.”

The overall benefit for the Box has clearly been seen. Geissler explained that a lot of military families drive 45 minutes to come to CrossFit Wilmington simply because it has kids care. “They could go to other CrossFit gyms that are closer, but because we have that childcare, they come down here and that has grown us some members,” she said.

Heather Hartmann
Heather is the editor for Box Pro Magazine. Contact her at heather@peakemedia.com.