Babies grow and change dramatically during their
first year. Our program is geared towards both the
encouragement and development of each child at his
or her own rate. Here are some helpful hints to
ensure that both you and your child have a smooth
and enjoyable transition to group care especially
if you have just enjoyed a one-year leave with your
Your child will have a locker in which to store
belongings;bags, outdoor wear, and change of clothes.
Please remember to label all belongings, as this
helps to avoid mix-ups.
The Infant program provides an environment
of constant wonder as we, the staff: participate
in the transition of each child as they enter a
new phase of their development. In order to better
meet the needs of your child, we have developed
daily activities in the following categories:
Songs, instruments, puppets
Rattles, manipulative toys
Puzzles, blocks, books
Finger painting, water play, blowing bubbles
(climber, slide, push toys, walks outside)
||As your child progresses through their first
year, their eating habits will gradually change.
For example, once they begin to use their
grasp reflex, we will give them a spoon to
hold during feeding times. We begin turning
the infants around to face the mirror while
eating to help develop their hand to eye coordination.
Try this at home.
At approximately 8 to 10 months we start to
introduce your child to daycare food, with
your signed permission. At 12 months of age,
they begin the daycare menu. Speak with your
doctor about solids, if you plan to use group
child care before the age of 18 months.
Your child may move to a Senior
Infant Program, anywhere from 13 months of age,
or when physically ready. We begin preparation for
this in various ways: we encourage the use of child
sized tables and chairs for lunch,we have push toys
to assist children who are showing an interest in
walking, as well as gym time and walks. Play with
the Senior infants becomes more frequent; and most
important, plenty of visits with new teachers and
children, to make the move more comfortable.
It is with pleasure
that we, the staff in the lnfant program, welcome
you and your child to our room. We are committed
to our program and we try to respond to the changing
needs of each child. You will be leaving your infant
in a safe, comfortable environment, designed to
stimulate and amuse them during all levels of their
development. We encourage full communication between
parents and ourselves. Two way communication at
this age really supports consistency for your child.
We maintain communication books for each child,
which allows us to document information about your
child's day and we note changes of behavior or diet
as they occur.
Should you have any questions, concerns, or comments
in regard to your child or the program, please feel
free to consult any of the teachers.