Infant Program

The infant program is designed to foster natural development in a warm, interactive environment.


Classroom Information

Infants are on individual schedules as dictated by each child’s parent.  Staff members will follow the individual schedule for feeding, diapering, and napping.  When the infant’s schedule changes parents need to notify the child’s classroom teacher.  Each infant will have several opportunities daily for individual attention and interaction with staff members.  As infants progress and their individual schedules change they will be introduced to the infant daily schedule activities that are age appropriate for their participation.  Infants will typically be introduced to the daily schedule once they become more mobile.

Feeding 
Parents of infants need to provide their child’s formula/breastmilk and baby food.  Bottles must be fully prepared at home and brought in ready to serve.  A daily supply of bottles is allowed.  Each infant will typically need four bottles per day and they should be brought in a small, cooler-type insulated bag.  Any leftovers will be refrigerated if necessary and are returned at the end of the day.  Once infants transition to table food the Center will provide the food.

Diapering
Parents need to supply their own diapers, diaper wipes and diaper ointment.  Diapers are changed every two hours or when needed. 

Rest Time
Each child will be given his/her own crib.  The Center provides crib sheets and they are laundered weekly unless they are soiled.

Additional Supplies
Each child should have a pacifier (if necessary), and an extra set of clothes.  Sunscreen should also be provided for infants that are 6 months and older.  You will not need to provide a blanket as we have plenty of blankets and sleep sacks available that meet licensing requirements.

Parent/Center Communication
Communication between parents and staff at the Center is essential; therefore, we use a communication sheet for infants that is called, “Look What I Did Today!”  This sheet has a section for parents to complete at the time of drop-off explaining your child’s resting, eating, and behavior prior to arrival at the Center.  Staff will complete the care giver’s section that explains the child’s eating, napping, diapering, and behavior for the day as well as supplies that are running low for the child.

Activities
The younger, non-mobile infants have a variety of playtime activities.  Young infants have tummy time to encourage upper body and neck strength.  Other activities include floor play gyms, jumperoos, and exersaucers.  In addition to the staff holding and rocking infants, when infants need to be relaxed and soothed swings and bouncers are available.  Young infants also have a wide array of age-appropriate toys to encourage play and development.

The older, mobile infants have a wide variety of age-appropriate educational materials and toys.  Older infants will participate in songs and movement, art projects, climbers, stacking blocks, push/pull toys, activity walkers, and many others.  Weather permitting, infants will have outside stroller rides or playtime.   

An example of the daily schedule is as follows:

Daily Schedule*

7:00 a.m. Center Opens
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Child Arrival / Free Play
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Served
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Language Development / Music, Song, Dance
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Morning Nap
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Creative Arts and Crafts / Sensory Hands-on Activity
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lunch Served
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Outside Play / Stroller Ride or Inside Large Muscle Development
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Story Time
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Children Rest / Nap Time
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Snack Time
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Dramatic Play
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Manipulatives (Blocks, Puzzles, etc.)
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Free Play (Children Choose to Participate in Interested Areas)
6:00 p.m. Center Closes

* Daily Schedule may be subject to change