Welcome to the Infant Room!
Welcome to young infant classroom at Little Hearts. Infants will from 6 to 12 months will be in this room depending on their development and the availability in the toddlers room. It is our goal to make you feel as comfortable and prepared as possible for your child’s first day in our center.
We ask that all parents fill out the Infant Information Sheet prior to your child’s first day to provide information regarding sleeping and eating schedules. We will do our best to keep your child’s schedule consistent with home routine. Parents will be informed of any changes in the child's schedule as he or she grows.
We use daily sheets to help all teachers and parents communicate information about the child’s daily activities. When dropping off the child, the parent or authorized person will be asked to write down when the last feeding and diaper change was so that we can continue your child’s care from there. Parents will receive information on exact time and length of all naps and the timing and amounts of each feeding throughout the day.
Your child will be assigned one of the infant teachers on his or her first day in the Infant Room. If your teacher is not available there is a substitute folder that we keep updated so that substitutes will know exactly how to care for your child. We feel that this allows for more one on one attention and better communication between staff and parents.
What to Bring To Daycare
• Bring 2 extra outfits that will stay in your child’s cubby, must be seasonally appropriate, and must fit the child.
•A blanket is always nice to have because it reminds the child of home, please label your child’s blanket clearly.
• Also, bring enough food to last throughout your child’s day at daycare. Please bring-in bottles, formula, breast milk, or jar foods.
Do not Bring
Please remember that we provide: bibs, burp cloths, and spoons. These items are washed and sanitized daily. It is not allowed to use soft pillows, soft toys, and bumpers in the cribs. Although you may bring in blankets for the crib, we provide all other toys and they are washed and sanitized periodically throughout the day as needed and every night.
•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 the bottle. Please bring in enough bottles and nipples for each feeding throughout the day. When your child finishes a bottle we will rinse all parts with water and place it 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 the child’s name, the date it was pumped, and placed in the fridge. Fresh breast milk can only be used up to 24 hours past the labeled date. •Frozen breast milk can be stored in our freezer. Please label frozen breast milk with the child’s name and date. Frozen breast milk can only be used up to 2 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 you must bring an un-opened can. You may bring in an un-opened container of nursery water. 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
Little Hearts provides breakfast, lunch and snacks for all students. When you are ready to feed your child table foods, we will provide a copy of our menu for you to highlight foods that your child is allowed to eat at daycare. However, if you prefer to bring in your own food, you are welcome to do so. Please label any jar or homemade foods with your child’s name. All un-refrigerated foods will be stored in cabinets and we have a refrigerator to store foods that must stay cold.
Each child will have their own medicine sign-up sheet in our room. Each day that you would like us to administer medicine to your child, you will need to sign up the name of the medicine, date, and the time and dosage to administer the meds. When you pick your child up from daycare you will sign your name to verify that we have given your child the medication.
Prescription medications must come in the original containers with the pharmacy label. All medication must be clearly labeled with the child’s name.
Learning through Play
Our room is equipped with developmentally appropriate hard and soft toys for small motor development including: pinching, grabbing, holding, and passing. We have large toys such as balls, activity centers, and many things for the children to pull up on to work on their gross motor skills. All large toys are sanitized nightly, and small toys are stored in separate containers to try to prevent the sharing of toys and germs. These toys are cleaned with bleach water every night.