While our infant/toddler and preschool educational programs overlap, the essential goal of the infant/toddler program is to ensure that each individual’s needs are met based on their stage of development, while encouraging social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.
Prior to admission, the center administrator, center director, or classroom teacher will meet with the parent of an infant or toddler to create a written, individualized program of care.Written information will be obtained through completion of the Intake Information For Child Under 2 Years, Day Care Center For Children. State of WI form.For children 3 months through twenty four months, child care workers shall document changes in the child’s development and routines every 3 months based on discussion with the parent.
Keys to Infant and Toddler Care
Core groups will not exceed four children to each caregiver.
be gentle, nurturing, encouraging and responsive to the infant
give lots of praise
redirect unacceptable behavior, rather than discipline;
use routine activities (feeding, diapering, bedtime, etc.) as opportunities to engage the child in one-on-one interactions, such as talking and singing
give individual attention and nurturing to each child throughout the day—holding, rocking, singing, playing, talking, snuggling;
allow all non-walkers time throughout the day to explore their surroundings – changing positions in the room; changing physical positions (sitting, lying on back, tummy, side, etc.); creeping and crawling on a soft mat and soft safety climbers/blocks; and going outdoors.
record the children’s activities daily to share with the parents at the end of the day.
ensure that the environment is welcoming, accessible and safe.
have training in Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention prior to beginning work with children
follow Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) risk reduction recommendations from the American Public Health Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics (for example: infants under 12 months of age shall be placed on their backs on a firm tight-fitting mattress for sleep in a crib; provide “tummy time” for awake non-mobile children, etc.)
obtain and maintain a current certificate of completion for CPR (includes not only infant and toddler caregivers but all staff in regular contact with children)
Each day’s program will include a balance of quiet time and active play; child-initiated and teacher-directed play; large and small muscle movement; individual and group play; and social, creative, sensory, music and language activities.All activities seek to motivate the child to explore and learn through their play.