Welcome to the Infant Room Here at Learning Tree, we strive to provide you and your baby with a happy, healthy learning environment in which your child will thrive. We provide growing experiences throughout the day and follow the routine your child is comfortable with. We want you to feel free to give us your input and hope to work together to make your experience here the best possible. We look forward to meeting you and getting to know you and your family.
Our infant program is structured around the individual needs of each child. We make no effort to force an infant to adapt to a center schedule. Each child's routine is given to the teachers, and is updated by the parents as their child changes and grows.
Infant Room Schedule:
730 - 830 Arrivals, Quiet Play, Books
8:00 - 9:00 Free Play and Exploration
9:00 Breakfast (older babies)
9:30 - 10:00 Art/Sensory Table, Music and Movement
10:00 - 11:15 Stroller Walks, Baby Exercise, Outside Play
11:30 Lunch (older babies)
11:30 - 12:15 Tummy Time, Large Motor Activities
12:15 - 2:00 Quiet Play, Songs, Finger plays, Rhymes
2:00 - 3:00 Stroller Walk or Reading and Music
3:00 Snack (older babies)
3:00 - 4:30 Free Play and Exploration
Feeding, Napping and Diapering are an all day occurrence according to each child's routine.
An Infant Schedule is provided more to outline what we do over the course of most days.
We help babies develop the skills of their age group
We listen to music and dance
We hold, rock and talk to the infants
We read books
We go outside for fresh air
We sing songs and rhymes
We do finger plays and movement activities
Notes on outside time:
Outside time is weather permitting - we take the infants on a walk around campus & look and talk about what we see.
Our goal is to ensure children are outside at least once a day, weather permitting.
When weather is not on our side, we will go for a walk inside for a change of scenery.
Shoe Free Infant Room:
With infants commonly on the floor, we want to provide a clean, safe and healthy environment in the infant room. We practice a "shoe free" policy in this room. We ask that all adults, and mobile children entering the room please remove shoes. We take this action to prevent outside contaminants from being brought into the room and spread onto the carpet; particularly during the cold weather with the snow and salt. The infants spend much of their time exploring on the floor, so it is best that these areas by kept as clean as possible.
There is a snack, breakfast and lunchtime every day. Learning Tree provides breakfast and snacks. It is your responsibility to provide lunch for your child.
Infants are fed according to their our schedules. As they grow and start eating solids, their eating needs will change and the eating times will be adjusted toward the group schedule. We will not give cereal to children under 4 months, or baby foods to those under 6 months without a doctor note.
If your infant has food allergies or a food intolerance, please notify your child's teacher immediately.
Parents of bottle fed babies will need to provide 2 - 3 (or as many may be needed) LABELED bottles with dry formula in them. If you are breastfeeding your child, all breast milk must be dated and have your child's first and last name on it. Fresh breast milk can be stored for 24 hours in the refrigerator. Milk that exceeds this time frame will be discarded.
Infants nap according to their own schedules. If an infant should fall asleep while being rocked, lightly bounced or taken for a walk in a stroller, they will be put in their cribs to continue their sleep. As your child grows, cot sleeping will be encouraged. Crib sheets are provided by Learning Tree and are washed weekly.
Infants will be placed on their back to sleep in a crib. The infants at Learning Tree are provided with a firm, tight fitting mattress in a crib that meets current safety standards. There will be no pillows, quilts, bumpers, comforters, stuffed toys or other fluffy products in the crib. Two children are never sharing a crib at the same time.
We understand that practices may be different at home and that some children have unique situations. However, we must follow licensing guidelines and adhere to the above stated policies. It may or may not be difficult for some children to adjust if they are used to sleeping in a different position, or with a parent/sibling.
Parents provide diapers; Learning Tree provides wipes for all children. Your child will be changed at regular intervals during the day (usually every two hours) and as needed. We will not apply baby powder on the infants. The use of powder has been linked to childhood asthma and other respiratory difficulties.
What to Bring:
Sunscreen (6+ months)
Sweater - for inside (air conditioning)
Socks - for inside (air conditioning)
Boots (older babies)
Active and sometimes messy play is going to be a part of your child's day. It is recommended that children wear comfortable washable play clothes that are easy to move around in. Children must be dressed in clothing and not just wearing a diaper. Parents are asked to bring in a complete (labeled) set of extra clothes.
Each infant has a cubby. The cubby has a bin, which will hold your child's bottles (before water is added), baby food and extra clothes.
Upon arrival, please fill out the top portion of your child's daily "pink" sheet. You will find this on the side of the cubbies. The teachers will fill out the remainder of the form, including what your child ate and when, naps taken, diaper changes, general mood, etc... A monthly newsletter is provided to parents sharing information or child development topics, curriculum, policies and other announcements. When leaving, please take your child's daily sheet and any newsletters or parent notes, etc...
Parents are welcome at any time to come and visit with their child.
Parent conferences are scheduled two times a year and may also be held at any time parents or teachers find it necessary. The infant years are marked by so much growth and change that conferences are a good time to discuss all the developmental issues surrounding them.
The curriculum involves everything that happens to your child throughout the day. Everything that a child experiences is a learning opportunity. For example, diaper changes are perfect opportunities for learning experiences: language, signing gently to a child, letting the child know that this is not a hurried or rushed experience and that they are valued and precious individuals, gently moving legs in a bicycle motion stimulating movement of having them reach and grasp for an object. Throughout the day, teachers will take advantage of these care giving experiences that are so important in the early years of life and turn them into meaningful and positive experiences for a child's healthy development.
Along with the individual care giving moments, teachers will also plan and organize their environments to provide experiences which enhance motor development, cognitive development, language, listening and responding to sounds and voices, and problem solving, social development and expressing emotions towards others. We also have a great curriculum called Bright Baby that has wonderful games, skill building activities, songs and more that facilitate these skills. We also use many songs, rhymes, finger plays and activities such as patty-cake, ABC's, if your happy and you know it, etc... for language, cognitive, social and motor development.
Planning for infants does not necessarily involve "lessons" but rather opportunities for experiences that as individuals they can make the most out it. When teachers organize materials for the room, they take into account children's individual differences along with their knowledge of child development. Planning is based on observations of the children using their interests, their new skills, and their reactions to materials. As the children grow and change, the teachers change the classroom environment. They may put out more challenging equipment or add an area with different toys.