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Infant I Room

Welcome to Infant I, the room our littlest ones call home. The young infant classroom is where we’ll care for your child until they’re 6 – 11 months old, depending on their development and the space available in the next room. We know how hard it is to transition from being at home with your baby, so we make you feel as comfortable and prepared as possible for your child’s first days in our care.

SCHEDULE TOUR


Schedule

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.

Important Information About Infant I Room

Primary Caregivers

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

  • Two extra outfits to stay in your child’s cubby. These must be seasonally appropriate and fit your child. Please check the clothes occasionally to make sure they still fit your little one.
  • A blanket is always nice to bring, as it can remind your child of home. We’ll wash your blanket each week unless you request us not to, so please label your child’s blanket clearly.
  • Common medicines brought to child care include Tylenol (or a similar medicine), Orajel, nasal spray and gas drops. You may also bring sunscreen (this will only be used if you child is 6 months or older). A nose suction is also very handy. All medicines must be labeled clearly with your child’s name.
  • Please bring enough food to last throughout your child’s day. Bring in bottles, formula, breast milk or jar foods. Please bring enough bottles for each feeding and label each one. We provide table foods for children old enough to eat them and an iron-based formula if you choose to use it. See the Bottles and Meals and Snacks sections below for more information.


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.


Bottles

  • All bottles must be clearly labeled with your child’s name or initials on all parts of the bottle. If the label fades, please re-label it. Bring in enough bottles and nipples for each feeding throughout the day. When your child finishes a bottle, we’ll rinse all parts with water and place them in a plastic bag. Please clean and sterilize the bottles at home and bring them in the next day. 
  • Fresh breast milk must be labeled with your child’s name and the date it was pumped, and placed in the fridge. To label, please write your child’s name on a piece of tape, and place the tape over the cap and onto the bottle. We need to be forced to take the tape off when preparing the bottle – this reminds us it’s in fact breast milk. Fresh breast milk can only be used for up to 24 hours past the labeled date. 
  • Frozen breast milk can be stored in our freezer. Please label frozen breast milk with your child’s name and the date it was pumped. Frozen breast milk can only be used for up to two weeks past its labeled date, so we ask that parents keep an eye on their stored milk and replace it as needed. 
  • If your child is on formula we don’t provide, you must bring an un-opened can. You may bring in an un-opened container of nursery water or you may use the filtered water that we provide. Due to DCFS regulations, we must measure and mix all bottles from the original containers. All containers must be clearly labeled with your child’s name. 
  • While your child is exclusively bottle or breast-fed, supplemental water will be offered.

Meals and Snacks

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.

Medicines

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.



Learning Through Play

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.