Infant Program

Nurturing your child's needs

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 child.

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.

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 (part of the Toddler 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.

The Best Care

So you don't have to worry

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.

Our rates include:

Diapers, potty training, lunch and snacks, engaging activities, child specific development plan, circle and social time, outside play, neighbourhood walks, documented daily activities and communication sheets.

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Activities

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.

Music/Drama

Songs, instruments, puppets

Fine Motor

Rattles, manipulative toys

Cognitive

Puzzles, blocks, books

Sensory

Finger painting, water play, blowing bubbles

Gross Motor

Gym play (climber, slide, push toys, walks outside)