Infants

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The infant program are ages 6 weeks to 12 months. In our infant room you will see many different development stages since a lot happens within the first year of life. Some smaller developmental characteristics you would see include; child holds head up without support, babbling and cooing, holding onto objects and materials for longer than a few seconds, and child reaches for objects. Some major developmental characteristics you will see include, rolling over, sitting up, pulling themselves up on objects and supporting themselves, crawling and walking. Since infants are nonverbal, we will work on infant sign language used in everyday interactions. Infants also learn through sensory play, so the teachers incorporate daily sensory experiments to help children learn and grow. The teachers will also encourage the children through doing Ages and Stages Questionnaires every other month to learn more about each child’s development. The teachers will then base activities around the child’s developmental stage to help them progress.

Items Needed

Swaddler/Sleep Sack

3 Extra Outfits

3 Pairs Of Socks

Prepared Bottles For The Day

Sunscreen

Diaper Cream

Sample Schedule

A typical day in the infant room consist of two small group activities and one large group activity done as a whole class. Children will go out twice a day, weather permitting, and enjoy all that nature has offer. Because infants are feed, changed, and laid to sleep on demand, the times in which everything happens will always be changing. 

6:00 – 8:00 Drop off with teachers gathering information about child and talking with parents

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast

9:00 Greeting time/music large group

10:00 – 10:30 AM Snack

11:00 Outside time (weather permitting)

12:00 Lunch

1:00 – 3:00 Free choice/ large motor/fine motor

3:00 PM snack

3:30 Outside time (weather permitted)

4:00 – 6:30 Free choice, departure

F.A.Q.

What items does your program provide?

Heartfelt provides diapers, wipes, stage 2 baby foods, formula, and linens for cribs. We also provide breakfast, AM snack, lunch and PM snack when your baby is ready to eat solids.

What is your ratio?

Our ratio in the Infant classroom is one teacher to four infants. Our room never exceeds eight infants and two teachers.

How do you keep parents up to date on their kid’s daily activities or behavior?

Heartfelt uses an online app called Brightwheel. You will be able to download the app to your phone and get updated on your child’s day. In this app, you will also be able to send your child’s teachers messages to ask them how your child’s day is going. Your child teachers will post when and how much they ate, when they were changed, photos and much more.

What schedule do you follow for my infant?

Each infant has their own individual schedule. You as parents will guide us on what you would prefer your infants schedule to look like.

How do you handle drop offs with infants?

We will greet you and your child as you enter the classroom and will help you establish your preferred way to drop off. Examples (You handing your child to the teachers, putting your child at the table or high chairs to eat breakfast, or putting them on the floor to play.)

Can parents drop by whenever they’d like or swing by to breastfeed?

Absolutely! Heartfelt Impressions has an open-door policy. You can stop by the center whenever you please to breastfeed or just spend quality time with your child during a lunch break.

How does your infant room warm bottles?

We warm bottles by using a crockpot. This will warm your child’s bottle safely and to the temperature that they prefer. Microwaves are never used.

If cribs are shared what is your cleaning procedure?

Each night we remove the bedding and we use a three-step cleaning process to ensure the cribs are cleaned and sanitized before use of another child.

What curriculum do you use?

At Heartfelt Impressions we use the High scope Curriculum which is play based learning that focuses on an infant’s interest and developmental needs.

What happens when my child moves up into the next classroom?

When your child is ready for the toddler room you will have a transition meeting with your child’s current primary caregiver and their new primary caregiver. From here, you will be given a welcome packet with all the information you need to help your child be successful in the next classroom (Daily schedule, things you will need to bring). We will discuss how things are different in the toddler room compared to the infant room and how we help with this transition. This will also allow you to ask the new teacher questions and give you a feel for the classroom.

Why Infants at Heartfelt Impressions?

Heartfelt Impressions Learning Center is a family run center by two local moms. The infant room runs a ratio of one care giver to every four children. Teachers develop lessons plans based off HighScope curriculum daily based on your child’s interest. Teachers excel by partaking in yearly trainings to further their careers and gain growing knowledge in the early childhood field. Heartfelt is family oriented and is all about hands on learning and making your child feel as though they are at home.

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What Our Families are Saying

“The staff in the infant room at Heartfelt Impressions is one of a kind. They make my daughter feel like she’s right at home. They read to her, interact with her through music and play, and love her as if she was their own. When I leave her in the morning, I know she is in the best of hands and that she is going to have an amazing day.”

“We couldn’t be happier about the choice we made to send our infant and 4-year-old daughters to Heartfelt Impressions!”

 

“We are so happy with our experience at Heartfelt Impressions. We researched 25 local child care providers, touring 8. What sold us on Heartfelt was that they interact with the babies on a very personal level, as if each is their own.”