We know each infant is unique and needs their own schedule. We’ll have you fill out an information sheet before your child’s first day, letting us know their sleeping and eating schedules. We do our best to keep your child’s routines consistent with what you do at home. As your child grows, their schedule will change, and we’ll work together to keep it current.
Our teachers use daily sheets to communication with you about your child’s activities. Whoever drops off your little one each morning should write down the times of their last feeding and diaper change, so we can keep them on the proper schedule. When you pick up your child, you’ll receive information on the exact time and length of their naps and the timing and amounts of each feeding throughout the day.
We know how important personal attention is to our littlest ones, so we care for your child in a unique way. We call it our Primary Caregiver Program. When your little one begins child care in our room, they’ll be paired with one of our teachers. That teacher will be in charge of everything for your child, every day, throughout their entire stay in the Infant I Room. This allows for more one-on-one attention for your child and better communication with you.
If their teacher leaves the room for a short period of time, another teacher will be assigned to your little one temporarily. If your child’s teacher is gone for a whole day or more, we keep an updated and detailed folder for our substitutes, so they’ll know exactly how to care for your child.
What to Bring to Child Care
What Not to Bring to Child Care
To prevent mix-ups and missing items, we provide bibs, burp cloths, bed sheets and spoons for your little one. We wash and sanitize these items daily. We wash sheets and blankets twice weekly unless two children share a bed, in which case we wash them daily. Due to Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) regulations, we’re prohibited from using blankets, soft pillows, soft toys and bumpers in the cribs. Although you may bring in blankets for your little one, it cannot be used in the crib. We provide all other toys. We wash and sanitize these toys every evening, and also occasionally throughout the day as needed. If you have a special circumstance or concern, please let us know and we’ll be more than happy to work with you.
The Caring Place provides breakfast, lunch and snacks for all children. When you’re ready to feed your child table foods, we‘ll give you a copy of our menu so you can highlight foods they’re allowed to eat. We do have the ability to hand-purée soft foods for the beginning stages of eating. If you prefer to bring in your own food, please label any jar or homemade foods with your child’s name. We have a refrigerator to store foods that must stay cold, and we’ll store all un-refrigerated foods in cabinets.
Your child will have their own medicine sign-up sheet in our room. Each day you’d like us to give medicine to your child, you’ll need to fill out this sheet with the name of the medicine, the date, and the time and dosage to administer. When you pick up your little one from child care, you’ll sign the sheet to verify we’ve given your child the medication. We will also require sign-up sheets for the applications of sunscreen and any ointments that may need to be applied to your child.
All medication must be clearly labeled with your child’s name. Prescription medicines must come in their original containers with the pharmacy label. We also recommend bringing in sunscreen to put in your child’s cubby, since we go outside whenever the weather permits. We’ll not apply sunscreen until your child is at least 6 months old.
It’s our mission to give your child a rich learning environment that nurtures their growth and development. We teach through play, exploration, touch and discovery. Our room is full of age-appropriate soft and hard toys to develop your child’s fine motor skills, including pinching, grabbing, holding and passing. Our large toys include balls, activity centers and countless things for your little one to pull up on, helping them grow their gross motor skills. All toys are sanitized nightly. When the weather allows, we go on walks and play in the playground.
All our large toys are sanitized nightly, and small toys are stored in separate containers to prevent the sharing of toys and germs. We clean these toys with bleach water every night. If you’d like more information about the cleaning agents we use, feel free to ask one of our teachers or management.