Infants

 

Welcome to the Infant Room!!

We would like to welcome you and your child to our infant program.  This is an exciting time for you and your infant. It can also be an emotional time. Our teachers are here to support you and your infant in any and all ways we can. The Infant Room has a large activity area and a variety of equipment and materials that provide sensory stimulation for your baby.  The infant room emphasizes the needs of individual children, and respects infants’ curiosities as they discover their surroundings and their environment.  The infant room introduces an early foundation to learning by including open ended materials, circle time with fun songs, books and stimulating visuals, as well as bible story and prayer time! 

Our staff is sensitive to the needs of each infant and our dedicated staff members accommodate for each baby’s individual daily schedule, referencing parent notes to staff and providing notes to parents about their child's day via the HiMama application. It would be helpful for famlies to provide infant teachers with an overview of their developing infants typical daily schedule, including likes/dislikes, and any other information you feel would help the staff know your infant better on their first day. Our staff is well educated on the developmental milestones of infants and each staff member is trained in CPR, first aid, medical administration and SIDs (Safe Sleep). The infant room is full of love, trust building relationships and provides and early introduction to academic learning and biblical concepts through a variety of outlets including open ended play, exploration, teacher-child interactions and teacher guided lesson plans developed based of children’s interests and developmental levels.

Daily Communication is important to ensure positive continuity between home and school, so we ask that any information you can give us regarding your child's day and care be relayed in a respectful manner. You will recieve a daily report of your child's day, inputted by the teachers via the HiMama application service. In the morning, before your arrival, you will need to send an email to your child's HiMama account and provide verbal information regarding your child's morning i.e the time they woke, last ate, and last diaper change. You will be prompted to sign your child in on the wipe board in the classroom.

Prior to your infants first day here, we ask that you provide the teachers with a written schedule outlining your child’s current schedule and needs. The teachers will ensure they follow this routine in order to provide consistency and comfort to your child while they are in their care. Keep in mind as your child developes, their schedule may change to reflect the general classroom atmosphere and a more collective schedule.

We are so excited to get to know your child and your family! There are a few things that would be helpful for you to know in order to ensure the best possible transition and care for your child! We are a shoeless environment here in the infant room; we ask that infants come wearing socks, or slippers! You may bring shoes for outdoor play time, and when they begin to learn how to walk.  When you bring your child's belongings to school we ask that you place their food in their designated basket or place their lunch box in the fridge. Please ask the infant teachers where to place each item, and be sure you retreive belongings from their designated space at the end of the day.

PLEASE label all of your child's belongings

Classroom Monthly Supply Pool

Full Time 5 Day Students:                                           Part Time Students (anything less than 5 days)

- 4 Packages Baby Wipes                                             - 3 Packages Baby Wipes

- 2 Boxes Tissues                                                        - 1 Box Tissues 

- 2 Lysol Sprays                                                           - 2 Lysol Spray

- 2 Packages Lysol Wipes                                             - 1 Package Lysol Wipes

              When you bring in the supplies, be sure to label them with your child's name and the date. Sign and check off the month you are bringing these items in for on the monthly classroom list so we can better keep track of who to notify when supplies are needed. 

At departure, it is the parent's responsibility to ensure all children's belongings that are needed are gathered. The teachers will empty bottles and cups in your child's lunch bag, but please pleasure be sure all belongings are in the lunch box before exiting the building. All bottles and cups MUST be taken home daily to be cleaned at home. The teachers will rinse bottles and cups but will not wash them.

Please check the kitchen and fridge for additional belongings. All leftover breast milk Must be retrieved at the end of the day. If it is not, a phone call will be made reminding you to come pick it up. If no one can be reached the breat milk will be discarded.

Feel free to touch base with the teachers throughout the day by calling the center. The director can direct your call to the infant room. The Direct number to the infant room is 508-761-5552 EXT 1114; however, the best way to communicate is through the HiMama APP for quick response. You may request teachers to send you pictures every so often, but keep in mind the infant room is very busy and the teacher's primary concern is the safety and care of each child. 

Parent-teacher relationships:

We support a collaborative approach in our classroom and we believe that you- the families, play an amazing and important role in tour child’s development and goal setting. Working together and consistency between home and school ensures a successful experience for all. We welcome dialogue when it comes to ideas and suggestions for the classroom as well.

Child-based curriculum:

Curriculum at Daycare at Dayspring is centered on each child’s individual interests and needs. We recognize the universal patterns and milestone of child development and strive to promote healthy development in all of our students. Our curriculum framework is based off of state recognized curriculum and developmentally appropriate practice. Our approach is based upon age appropriate practices which reflect the needs and interests of the children. We value the fundamental premise of early education; however the curriculum is created around each child as an individual, tailored to unique developmental capabilities, temperamental characteristics and learning styles.  Our approach surpasses textbook developmental guidelines and is built anew each day to be individually appropriate to the changing interests, abilities and needs of children in our program. For the infant room specifically we cater to each child’s individual needs and abilities. We create lesson plans that are repetitive, in order to promote age appropriate practice. The curriculum in the infant room will include story times, lots of singing, sign language, and basic academic and biblical concepts.

Labeling:

It is very important that you label all items that your child may bring to school with them, clothes, cups, lunch bags and all its contents. This is to ensure that nothing is lost or mixed up. Please label with full name to aviod initial or first name mix-ups.

Snacks and Lunch:

It is the families’ responsibility to include all snacks and lunch items. You may label all items in order to indicate which you would like your child to have. However be aware that we do not force children to eat food and will offer other choices from their lunch box if they are not eating something else. Please keep all food stored in their appropriate bin in their classroom. If you have food that needs to be stored in the refrigerator please ensure it is labeled. All heated items will be heated for no more than 20 seconds, unless otherwise indicated.  PLEASE DO NOT PACK ANY INGREDIANTS CONTAINING NUTS. We ask that for the infants, all first exposure to foods be done at home and any reactions whether mild or severe be communicated to the teachers.

Rest time:

For rest time your child will have a crib. You are to provide all materials necessary for their rest time including a crib sheet and a light blanket. Children under the age of one are not permitted to sleep with stuffed animals, pillows or heavy blankets. Children under the age of 12 months will be placed on their backs to sleep, with blankets only covering up to their waist in order to prevent SIDs. If your child needs a pacifier you may bring one, however please do not attach it to a string as this poses as a strangulation hazard. Children over the age of 12 months may have a sleep buddy and extra blankets to rest with. Teachers will rock, or rub children’s backs if this helps to soothe them. As children become older we encourage self-soothing, in order to better prepare them for the toddler room. Older infants who are nearing transition to the toddler room will transition to sleep cots while in the infant room.  Under no circumstance will an infant sleep with a bottle. Should they need to be fed to sleep, they will be fed in a rocking chair then set in the crib once they have fallen asleep. Rest time is a calm time for the infants, lights will be off and a noise machine and peaceful music will be on.

Diaper changes:

The infant room changes diapers every 2-3 hours. However, all infants are also changed on an as needed basis. Parents must provide diapers for their child. If diapers are borrowed from the school supply, due to failure to bring in an adequate supply, they will need to be replaced by the parents.

Cloth Diaper Policy:

We welcome the use of cloth diapers at Dayspring Daycare.  We ask that families who are choosing to use cloth diapers, provide the center daily with a sufficient supply of cloth diapers. It is recommended that you leave some here for back up. Please bring an easy-to-use style of diaper, preferably in all the same brand or style.  During intake, or during your child’s first day please show the teachers in the classroom how to put on the diapers and help them be familiarized with the process.  The cloth diapers must be sent to school ready to be used on the child, with all inserts attached.  You must bring in a wet bag or pail liner for the soiled diapers to be placed in. In addition to this, you must supply the daycare with an air tight container to place the pail liner/wet bag into. Teachers will place soiled diapers, in its entirety, into the wet bags. (i.e teachers will not dispose of BM’s. They will be left in the soiled diaper and placed into the wet bag.)

It is the parent’s responsibility to obtain the wet bag each day. If a wet bag with soiled diapers is left at school the teacher will attempt to call you. If there is no response within an hour or before the center closes at 6:00pm the wet bag and its contents will be discarded. We ask that as your child shows interest in potty training, that pull-ups be utilized instead of the cloth diapers in order to help prepare your child best. We look forward to working cooperatively with your family to ensure the best care for your child.

Daycare at Dayspring Breastfeeding Policy:

Mothers who are breastfeeding are welcome to come in the classroom any time and breast feed their child.  A rocking chair in the corner is provided for privacy.   They may opt for sending in breast milk in individual sterilized bottles for each day’s supply while the baby is in daycare. Any leftover breast milk must be taken home by families. If breast milk is left, the family will be contacted. The family will be asked to come get the breast milk; you will be asked if you would like it placed in the freezer, OR if it needs to be discarded. If no one answers, the breast milk must be discarded.  Breast milk left out for over four hours MUST be discarded.

Daycare at Dayspring Pacifier Policy:

Pacifiers are allowed for infants and toddlers if the parent sends them in. Spare pacifiers that are new and sanitized will be kept on hand in case of loss of the original, although parents are encouraged to always leave an extra pacifier in the child's bin.

In the toddler room, the teachers encourage the child to put their pacifier away whenever possible, and the child is allowed to have it at times of distress and nap/rest time, or if the child insists on it. At the toddler age, the goal is to help them wean themselves off the pacifier.

Infant Schedule:

The infant room’s schedule reflects the individual’s needs of children. After some time, infants will gradually work towards a consistent schedule.  The following is a schedule that infants will gradually transition to. Please note that the daily schedule is flexible given children’s needs and development. The schedule may change here and there in order to accommodate for environmental changes, and children’s needs.

7:00 Open, Breakfast, Free play                                                                                                   

8:30 Diapers, Morning worship and sing a longs                                        

9:00 Morning bottles/ morning snack

9:25 Wind down time, read stories, lights out, Diapers                      

9:30 Morning Rest time

Children who are not restings will be working on goals: tummy time, play time, story time, etc.

11:00/11:30 Wake up, diapers, prepare lunch

11:45 Circle time with children

12:00 Free play: teachers will be working with infants on goals: reading, tummy time, exercise! They will be moving/stimulated, sing songs with them, play!

1:30 Afternoon bottles, read storie & sing bible songs

1:45 Play time before rest! 

2:00 Diapers and afternoon rest

3:00/3:30 Wake up and diapers

3:30/3:45 Afternoon snack, bottles, etc

3:45- 5:45 Diapers, Bottles as needed, Free play, and floor activities

5:30-6:00 Diapers, rest for those who need it, play with babies until pick up!

 

SUPPLY LIST FOR INFANT- ALL ITEMS MUST BE LABLED

  •  Child use only Diapers
  • Classroom supply Wipes
  • Ointment (whatever you use at home)
  • FOUR (4) changes of clothes – seasonal
  • Two (2) pair of socks – seasonal
  • Bibs, burp clothes, pacifier if needed
  • Hat – appropriate for the season
  • Extra mittens (one pair should be attached to jacket with mitten clips).
  • Shoes (extra pair to wear inside the classroom during winter time)
  • Crib sheet, light blanket or sleep sac. Children over 12 months may have a rest item.
  • Formula, snacks, lunch foods, etc. We will warm bottles only if needed in a cup of heated water only. We ask that you bring in a whole formula container- we will notify you when low.
  • Breast milk may be stored in the freezer and fridge with appropriate labels and dates. Please see breast milk policy for more information
  • Sippy cups/water bottles etc- can store milk cups in fridge
  • Sun screen – seasonal
  • Bathing suite, towel & water shoes (seasonal)
  • Winter gear- snow suit, boots, mittens (seasonal)