Ages and Ratios
Our Infant Education Curriculum is designed to be an engaging environment for children ages birth to 18 months.
Our staff are trusted partners in providing high quality care. The ratios in our Infant rooms are 3 staff : 10 children.
Education Curriculum Goals:
- To provide the children with an enriched environment while fostering each infants’ sense of trust by ensuring that individual needs are met immediately by a warm, caring adult
- We offer experiences that appeal to each infants’ senses and contribute to their overall growth and development
- A smooth transition to the Toddler program. This includes learning the skills to be successful once they graduate, through visits to the new classroom to participate in different routines and activities
We understand that each infant develops at their own pace; therefore each child’s needs will vary. To better meet individual needs, your child’s schedule is individualized specifically to their needs and ability.
Regular observations of your child’s development and a complete portfolio of their “work” supports our efforts to get to know your child and plan for their individual needs and interests. Your child’s portfolio is accessible to you at any time, and we find the collection of work to be very supportive during parent / teacher interviews which are held annually. These interviews are a fantastic collaboration opportunity to discuss your child’s progress within the program and update on any new information.
Education Curriculum & Individual Program Plans (IPP’s)
Our Education Curriculum is designed to meet the individual developmental needs of each child, including social, physical, intellectual, creative, emotional and self concept within a safe and nurturing environment.
Education Curriculum is planned to stimulate each child through a variety of developmentally appropriate activities. We recognize that children are active partners in their own learning.
We encourage warm social relationships to develop through interactions with adults and other children.
Individual Program Plans (IPP’s) are completed on each child to monitor that the children are meeting developmental milestones. Teachers will also regularly inform you of how your child is doing.
IPP’s are developed using Nipissing Developmental screens which can also be accessed by your Family Doctor.
The schedule for Nipissing Developmental Screens to be completed on each child is as follows:
- 1 month
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- Parental collaboration is encouraged and welcomed at all times
As your trusted partner, all staff are committed to maintaining daily communication with you. At the beginning and end of each day your child’s teacher will want to meet with you briefly to discuss anything pertinent about your child’s day including special activities, programs, developmental success and any incidents or concerns.
We encourage you to provide any relevant information with the centre staff about your child while at home (sleep patterns, last meal, behaviour/moods, etc).
In the event that you do not have the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher you will receive a communication sheet at the end of each day detailing events from your child’s day.
Meal and snack time provide excellent learning opportunities for children. While eating with others, children explore their five senses; and develop healthy eating habits as well as positive social and language skills.
Parents provide formula and/or jar food as needed for their child. Once your child is on solid foods the centre will provide a full menu with adaptations to meet the feeding needs of infants.
All of our lunches and snacks are catered by Food for Tots, who specialize in nutritious meals for children, preparing food substitutions for allergies and food restrictions. Food for Tots menus follow the Canadian Food Guide and are approved by a Registered Dietitian. Please visit www.fft.ca for additional information.
Younger infants will be assisted with spoon and bottle feeding while older infants will transition to sitting and feeding themselves at child sized tables as appropriate with assistance and role modeling by staff.
Infant diapers are changed at least every two hours, and as needed throughout the day. Parents are required to provide the centre with enough diapers and wipes to properly care for their child’s needs each day.
Weather permitting, infants may go outside for up to two hours each day on a neighborhood walk or to use the infant/toddler playground.