Welcome to the Infant I Room!
Welcome to Infant I, the young infant classroom at The Caring Place. Infants will be in this room until about 6-11 months depending on their development and the availability in the next room. We know how difficult it is to transition from being at home with your little one. It is our goal to make you feel as comfortable and prepared as possible for your child’s first day in our center.
Each infant is unique and therefore will be on a different schedule. We ask that all parents fill out the Infant I 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 what is done at home. As your child grows, their schedule will change, and we will work together with parents to keep their schedule current.
We use daily sheets to help all teachers and parents communicate information about the child’s daily activities. We would like the person who is dropping off the child in the morning 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.
Important Information About the Infant I Room
In our classroom, we have a unique way of caring for the children. We call it our Primary Caregiver Program. When your child begins daycare in our room, he or she will be assigned one of the teachers. That teacher will be in charge of everything for your child for the duration of your time in the Infant I Room. When your teacher is out of the room for a short period of time your child will be assigned to another teacher temporarily. If your teacher is gone for a whole day or more, 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
- The 2 extra outfits will stay in your child’s cubby, must be seasonally appropriate, and must fit the child. Please check the clothes now and then to make sure they will fit your child.
- A blanket is always nice to have because it reminds the child of home. We will wash your blanket each week unless you request us not to, so please label your child’s blanket clearly.
- Common medicines that are brought to daycare include: Tylenol (or the like), Orajel, nasal spray, and gas drops. You may bring your own sunscreen (this will only be administered if you child is 6 months or older). A nose suction is also very handy. All medicines must be labeled clearly with your child’s name.
- Please bring enough food to last throughout your child’s day at daycare. Please bring in bottles, formula, breast milk, or jar foods. We provide table foods for those children who are old enough to eat it and an iron-based formula if you choose to use it. (See bottle and meal sections for more information)
What NOT to Bring to Daycare
To prevent mix-ups and missing items please remember that we provide: bibs, burp cloths, bed sheets, and spoons. These items are washed and sanitized daily. Sheets and blankets are washed twice weekly unless there are two children sharing a bed, in this situation sheets are washed daily. Due to Department of Child and Family Services regulations, we are prohibited 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. If you feel you have a special circumstance, please let us know and we will be more than happy to work with you.
- 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. To label, please write the child’s name on a piece of tape, place the tape over the cap and onto the bottle. We need to be forced to take the tape off when preparing the bottle, reminding us that it is in fact breast milk. 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 that we do not provide, you must bring an un-opened can. You may bring in an un-opened container of nursery water or you may use the filtered water that we provide. Due to DCFS regulations, 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
The Caring Place 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. We do have the ability to hand purée soft foods for the beginning stages of eating. 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. We recommend bringing in sunscreen to put in their cubbies because we try to go outside whenever the weather permits. We will not apply sunscreen until your child is at least 6 months of age.
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
It is our mission in the Infant I room to provide a rich learning environment for the children. 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. We also go outside to the playground or on walks whenever the weather allows. 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 cleaned with bleach water every night. If you would like more information about the cleaning agents we use, feel free to ask one of the teachers or management.