Currently, we only have an infant program at our Redwood Avenue site. We accept children as young as 6 months of age and children are considered infants until they turn 18 months of age, when they graduate to the toddler program. We may accept infants that are younger than 6 months of age, depending on the circumstances.
The staff-to-child ratio for infants is 1 staff member to every 3 children. We are licensed for 6 infants.
The infant program is based on developing children’s social-emotional skills through play. The routine of the program is developed with the children’s individual needs in mind. The infant educators focus heavily on music and movement activities, sensory activities, cognitive skill development, motor skills, creative art experiences, and early literacy development.
Communication with parents is highly valued in the infant program and daily reports are provided that indicate diapering information, meals, and periods of rest.
Our infant program is equipped with a bottle warmer and a refrigerator for infant formula or breastmilk. It is imperative that these items be labeled with your child’s name, including empty bottles that are provided.
Infants are required to go outside daily for up to 2 hours of sleep or play, in accordance with the Child Care and Early Years Act, as with all programs. The infants typically will not go outside when the temperature is -15°C including the windchill factor or cooler, however, staff are encouraged to use their discretion and may go out if it’s slightly cooler than that for shorter periods of time. As such, appropriate outdoor apparel is required daily.
Parents of children in the infant program are required to provide the following items:
- Baby wipes
- Formula (can or premeasured scoops preferred)
- Breastmilk (if applicable)
- Bottles (if applicable)
- A soother (if applicable)
- Extra clothing
The educators in the infant program select activities and provocations that do not render their program overstimulating, but ensure it is aesthetically pleasing and intriguing for the children, inciting their curiosity. They carefully select their activities so that they are developmentally-appropriate and tailored to the enrolled childrens’ current interests and developmental levels.
Our infant educators are Ana, who is a Registered Early Childhood Educator who has been an integral part of the Mahmowenchike Family Development Centre team since 2006, and Taylor, who is a newly graduated Registered Early Childhood Educator who is eager to learn and is very nurturing and kind.
To reach our infant program, please call (807) 623-9580 extension 1.