The infant program is licensed for up to 6 children, ages newborn to 18 months. The ratio of children to teachers is 3:1 at all times of the day. Daily schedules are planned according to the needs of each individual child. The schedule includes meals, programmed learning activities, outdoor time, and nap times.
A weekly program plan is posted in your child’s room, and will indicate the learning activities offered, that are developmentally appropriate for the children enrolled. This program will include cognitive, fine motor, gross motor, sensory, creative, and block play activities. Each child's developmental progress is tracked and documented for you. We use the Nippissing Screening tools as well as the ELECT document: "How does Learning Happen" to observe, track and record every milestone and achievement.
All meals are made on premises, and are safely presented to your child in the manner as indicated by you. The Menu displays the 4 week plan of all meals. Please review the meal plans, and make notes regarding how to safely feed your child. For example, you may choose to request that the scheduled meal gets blended, or cut into small pieces. Everything that your baby eats will be documented on the Himama program and is stored for you to review. You are welcome to bring in a healthy substitute for any meal that you feel your child is not ready for. Parents are responsible for preparing and providing all bottles daily. Leftover bottles will be returned home each day.
Cribs, bedding, and blankets are provided for all infants enrolled. You are encouraged to send your child with a special blanket or item of comfort for nap time. Nap times are dependent on your own child’s schedule. Children under 12 months old will always be places on their backs to sleep. For more information regarding safe sleeping, please refer to the poster entitled ‘Joint statement on safe sleep”.
Outdoor time is very beneficial to infant health and wellness. We strive to provide outdoor opportunities for each child in the best possible way: A separated area of the playground is provided for the infants to enjoy outdoor play time. Here, they can walk, crawl and play in a safe environment that is away from the older children. As well, our triple strollers are used for daily neighborhood walks. Please send your child with labeled, weather appropriate outdoor wear. *The Child Care and Early Years Act requires that children in the Infant program must participate in at least two hours of outdoor time each day (weather permitting).
Please send your child with a spare change of clothing, in the case of spills or accidents. Diapers are changed throughout the day, as needed by each child. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide diapers, as well as any creams or lotions that are preferred at change time. Wipes are provided by the daycare.
Please send appropriate outer wear (Snowsuits, sun hats etc.) each day so your child can enjoy the outdoor time comfortably.