The infant program is available at our Redwood Avenue site. We accept children as young as 6 months of age and children are considered infants until 18 months of age, when they graduate to toddlerhood. The staff-to-child ratio for infants is 1:3 and our program is licensed for 6 infants.
The daily schedule in the infant program is considered a guide and is certainly not set in stone. It provides a framework for planning and organizing the daily routine and play activities for the children but is adapted to fit the individual needs of the children. Since infants follow their own biological needs, they are fed, changed, and nap when they need it. Adjustments to the schedule are made as your child gets older and he/she needs change. You may also notice that as your child gets older, he/she may alter their own schedule to fit in with the group.
While we allow children to sleep as long as they need to, as they approach a year of age, we try to ease them into sleeping on a one-nap schedule after lunch-time. This will prepare them for their transition into the toddler program, where all of the children will rest from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.
We have 6 cribs available for the children’s designated use, as well as 4 infant-sized cots. Some children do not sleep well in cribs and fare better on a cot. Before moving any child to a cot that is in the infant program, we need a permission form to be signed by the parent/guardian, so we will discuss the transition with you ahead of time.
During rest time, the children are constantly supervised. The children are physically checked every 15 minutes. We also have an audio-visual baby monitor that is watched in between each physical check. The sleep checks are first recorded as they occur on a whiteboard posted in the sleep room, then are later transferred to each child’s Daily Information sheet.
Children will be rocked to sleep if they prefer to be and fed any bottles at this time. Children will not be left unattended with bottles.
Parents of children in the infant program are provided a food checklist at enrolment. Parents are required to check off any foods your child has tried and is permitted to eat at the centre before your child starts. If your child is not yet able to eat foods off of our menu (posted in the hallway and on the cupboards in our room, but a copy can be provided to parents at their request), you will be asked to provide enough food for a full day for your child. Infants who cannot eat foods from our menu will not be permitted to stay for the day if food is not provided.
You will also be required to provide formula and bottles, or pre-mixed bottles if you prefer, if your child is on formula. We can also give children breastmilk if you provide it in bottles. It is also possible, of course, to come to the centre at any time to feed your child. We are a breastfeeding-friendly centre.
The infants go outside every day for up to 2 hours of play or sleep as is required by the Day Nurseries Act. During the winter months, we will go outside up to a temperature of -27*C, but staff are encouraged to use their discretion. Each child must be provided appropriate outerwear. If any children come in without proper attire, parents will be asked to go home and get the required clothing.
If your child is not well enough to go outside, please keep them home, as all children in attendance must be well enough to participate in all centre activities.
A daily information sheet is filled out for your child. It includes:
- When and what/how much your child ate
- When and how long they slept
- Diaper change information
- Information on their daily interactions and activities, including mood and any health information (such as a temperature)
- Sleep checks
This information sheet stays at the daycare and is placed in a folder for your child. If you’d like a copy daily, please just ask and we can provide a photocopy for you to take home.
We follow the Thunder Bay and District Health Unit’s guidelines for illness and exclusion. The full policy is available in our Parent Handbook on the Registration page of our website. The most common occurrences in our program are:
- Fevers – any time your child has a temperature of above 100.4°F/38°C, you will be called to pick up your child and they are required to be kept home for 24 hours after the fever breaks without medication. For example, if your child is sent home at 1:00 PM on Monday with a fever and the fever breaks that evening, they can return on Wednesday at their regular drop-off time.
A fever of more than 100.4°F/38°C is considered by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit to be too high to be teething, especially associated with other symptoms.
- Diarrhea and vomiting – if your child has 2 episodes of diarrhea or vomiting or a combination of both within a 24-hour period, they must be excluded from the program for 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhea/vomiting.
This policy is very important as illness can spread from infant to infant very quickly. Infants are constantly putting things in their mouths and while we sanitize daily and sanitize mouthed toys as soon as they are mouthed, it is very difficult to keep them from spreading illnesses. A good rule of thumb is that if you wouldn’t want your child exposed to another child exhibiting the same symptoms your child is, keep them home.
To Reach the Infant Program
If you have any questions or concerns specifically for the infant program or if your child is enrolled in our infant program, they can be reached at 807.623.9580, waiting for the prompt, and dialling 1.
They can also be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The infant staff try to ensure their program is not over-stimulating, but is still aesthetically pleasing and intriguing for the children. They carefully select their activities so that they are developmentally appropriate and tailored to the enrolled childrens’ current interests and developmental levels. The infant group is a diverse group as they can have infants ranging from 2 months of age to 18 months of age, who have very different skill levels and developmental focuses. This presents unique challenges for the educators but it is of utmost importance that each individual child’s interests, needs and developmental milestones are met.