AT THE RESORT
Most resorts have an “Animation” staff whose job it is to take care of the guests. There is always a special division that handles the children. Most if not all resorts have a special section for children. They also utilize a wristband system. When you drop off your child at the “kids-zone” the parent receives a wristband. The child also receives a corresponding band. Only the parent with the right wristband can retrieve the child when it is time to go.
Some resorts have kids zones with child-friendly swimming pools. There are lifeguards on duty at all times.
The staff at kids-zones has all kinds of activities to keep the kids occupied. From games to dancing, the kids get a thorough workout.
There are also activities that children can participate in such as ceramic painting. Most resorts have a set up of ceramic items that you can custom paint. Some resorts have this with t-shirts.
A creative staff will have the kids going out on scavenger hunts by the pool and general fun pool activities as well. At most resort you are allowed to take things in the pools like air-mattresses etc. and you can even get them from the hotel, where you get your towel usually. Every day the Animations will have some thing new in store for your kids and it is quite safe to just drop your kids off and do your own thing as many parents do. First check with other parents and see how their experiences have been. Word travels fast at a resort and if there are any problems the info will get passed from one guest to another.
Many people feel their greatest concern is drinking water and insects. All resorts, hotels, restaurants use purified water and bottled water is everywhere. As far as insects go if you stay on the coast in any hotel zone then it is not that great a worry. The ocean breeze keeps bugs at bay and they do spray for mosquitoes.
Your biggest concern is sunburn so it is advisable to learn how to apply suntan lotion correctly and of course bring hats and sunglasses for the kids.