Welcome to our Infants room!

 

Our infant program focuses babies feeling loved and secure along with supporting each child’s growth and development by including daily activities for physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. Our team of teachers encourages the infants to develop their motor, language and social skills each day! Our infant program is designed to be an extended family to your child, which we try to mimic your child’s schedule from what they are used to at home.

 

 

The infants’ classroom is set up in a “home-like” environment. They will have opportunities to rock with teachers during feedings or sad times, large playroom to explore with our teachers, tummy time to discover their world around them and a separate sleeping area for napping.

 

Safety & Training

Our team, made up of highly passionate and qualified caregivers, is certified in CPR and First Aid training. Our teachers take a personal responsibility to keep updated on training that impacts this age group. Hearts & Minds inspects the safety of the program’s environment and keeps our facility clean and neat.

Communication

Hearts & Minds knows how important it is to keep the parents involved in their child’s daily activities, development, and milestones. That’s why we provide you with the following:

  • Daily sheets to record and track the child’s day.
  • The building of personal relationships with each family.
  • Encouraging daily/weekly calls or emails from parents to our team to support communication.
  • Open door facility; we promote parent visits to our facility at any time to observe or participate in their child’s day.
A.M. Schedule
9:00-9:30 Arrival Time, floor play, label and put away lunches.
9:30-10:00 Story time.
10:00-10:20 Snack time.
10:20-10:40 Change Diapers
10:40-11:00 Whole group learning time.
11:00-11:15 Main craft, teacher let activities, song time.
11:15-11:30 Change diapers for those going home.
11:30-11:45 Get lunches out for those on solid foods.
11:45 Dismiss AM class, start lunch pals.
P.M. Schedule
11:45-12:15 Lunch pals.
12:15-1:00 Change diapers, get down for naps, wash toys and dishes, clean chairs.
1:00-2:30 Naptime, playtime.
2:30-3:00 Change diapers, pack up for dismissal.

What to bring on the first day.

  • Please bring an extra change of clothes in a gallon Ziploc bag with your child’s name on it the first week. We will store it here during the session for those “whoops” moments and return it at the end of each session.
  • LABEL items, including: coats, bottles, diapers, blankets, and soothing items such as pacifiers, lunch items, and diaper bags. Please label any item you would not want to lose.
  • There is no need to bring bibs, feeding utensils, or sippy cups (unless there is a specific style of cup your child prefers)
  • Formula/Bottles: Please LABEL your formula and/or bottle. All prepared formula or breast milk must be clearly labeled with the child’s name, date expressed and date frozen if applicable. We do have our freezer available if you would like us to store an extra bag/bottle of “just in case” breast milk.
  • Community Snacks. All snacks must be peanut free! Here are some ideas of what you could bring: Puffs, Graham crackers, dried fruit, cheese crackers, cereal bars, boxed cereal, vanilla wafers, veggies straws, pretzels or teddy grahams.
  • 1 Box Kleenex
  • 1 Container of baby wipes (Huggies or Pampers Preferred).
  • Diapers. For infant room, we can keep a stack of diapers in their cubbies and tell you when they are running low.
  • “Tell us about your child” forms. Please have this form completed on or before your child’s first day. Forms are located under our Resources Tab.

First day jitters?

We understand that dropping off your child whether for the first time or multiple times, can be difficult and tug on the heart strings. The first day can be overwhelming as the halls can appear hectic with so many people (as we all settle into our routines, the halls appear less busy). Please help us make this time less stressful by adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Please do not attempt to sneak out without saying goodbye to your child. Bring your child to the door, reassure them you will return later, hug/kiss them.
  • As difficult as it may be, make your good-bye short and sweet, even if your child is crying. The longer you prolong your goodbyes, the more upset children will become. For this reason, we try to discourage coming into the room at drop off time.
  • MDO Teachers are equipped to handle these difficult, but normal occurrences. The teacher will comfort your child, guide them into an activity or hold them until they quiet down. Most of the time, your child will have stopped crying before you get out of the parking lot of the facility. The transition can be difficult and you can rest assured that our teachers will lovingly help your child through this time.
  • Do not linger around after you have said goodbye (where they can see & hear you), this can confuse your child and prolong crying. Feel free to call to check on your child, especially in the early days.

Check-in Process

Your children will be in a completely locked area during their stay with us. Doors will be locked after arrival time. If you arrive after that time, you will be let in by the front desk manager.

EVERYONE will need to sign in AND sign out your children. This will ensure we have accurate attendance records for safety and licensing requirements. You will be responsible to stop at the front desk area at drop-off and pick up time to sign in/out your child and you are required to walk your child to their classroom after you’ve signed in.

The sign-ins have a column for who will be picking up your child. If this changes throughout the day, please notify the front desk manager by calling the church office or emailing at hearts&minds@westwoodchurch.net If we don’t recognize or if the name is not on your enrollment form, we will ID the individual.

Please fill out the backside of a green daily sheet each day so that we know when your child last ate, how he or she slept the night before or any special concerns or instructions for the day. We will fill out the other side during your child’s day with us.

Classroom

The infants’ classroom is set up in a “home-like” environment. They will have opportunities to rock with teachers during feedings or sad times, large playroom to explore with our teachers, tummy time to discover their world around them and a separate sleeping area for napping.

 

Safety & Training

Our team, made up of highly passionate and qualified caregivers, is certified in CPR and First Aid training. Our teachers take a personal responsibility to keep updated on training that impacts this age group. Hearts & Minds inspects the safety of the program’s environment and keeps our facility clean and neat.

Communication

Hearts & Minds knows how important it is to keep the parents involved in their child’s daily activities, development, and milestones. That’s why we provide you with the following:

  • Daily sheets to record and track the child’s day.
  • The building of personal relationships with each family.
  • Encouraging daily/weekly calls or emails from parents to our team to support communication.
  • Open door facility; we promote parent visits to our facility at any time to observe or participate in their child’s day.
Schedule
A.M. Schedule
9:00-9:30 Arrival Time, floor play, label and put away lunches.
9:30-10:00 Story time.
10:00-10:20 Snack time.
10:20-10:40 Change Diapers
10:40-11:00 Whole group learning time.
11:00-11:15 Main craft, teacher let activities, song time.
11:15-11:30 Change diapers for those going home.
11:30-11:45 Get lunches out for those on solid foods.
11:45 Dismiss AM class, start lunch pals.
P.M. Schedule
11:45-12:15 Lunch pals.
12:15-1:00 Change diapers, get down for naps, wash toys and dishes, clean chairs.
1:00-2:30 Naptime, playtime.
2:30-3:00 Change diapers, pack up for dismissal.
What To Know

What to bring on the first day.

  • Please bring an extra change of clothes in a gallon Ziploc bag with your child’s name on it the first week. We will store it here during the session for those “whoops” moments and return it at the end of each session.
  • LABEL items, including: coats, bottles, diapers, blankets, and soothing items such as pacifiers, lunch items, and diaper bags. Please label any item you would not want to lose.
  • There is no need to bring bibs, feeding utensils, or sippy cups (unless there is a specific style of cup your child prefers)
  • Formula/Bottles: Please LABEL your formula and/or bottle. All prepared formula or breast milk must be clearly labeled with the child’s name, date expressed and date frozen if applicable. We do have our freezer available if you would like us to store an extra bag/bottle of “just in case” breast milk.
  • Community Snacks. All snacks must be peanut free! Here are some ideas of what you could bring: Puffs, Graham crackers, dried fruit, cheese crackers, cereal bars, boxed cereal, vanilla wafers, veggies straws, pretzels or teddy grahams.
  • 1 Box Kleenex
  • 1 Container of baby wipes (Huggies or Pampers Preferred).
  • Diapers. For infant room, we can keep a stack of diapers in their cubbies and tell you when they are running low.
  • “Tell us about your child” forms. Please have this form completed on or before your child’s first day. Forms are located under our Resources Tab.

First day jitters?

We understand that dropping off your child whether for the first time or multiple times, can be difficult and tug on the heart strings. The first day can be overwhelming as the halls can appear hectic with so many people (as we all settle into our routines, the halls appear less busy). Please help us make this time less stressful by adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Please do not attempt to sneak out without saying goodbye to your child. Bring your child to the door, reassure them you will return later, hug/kiss them.
  • As difficult as it may be, make your good-bye short and sweet, even if your child is crying. The longer you prolong your goodbyes, the more upset children will become. For this reason, we try to discourage coming into the room at drop off time.
  • MDO Teachers are equipped to handle these difficult, but normal occurrences. The teacher will comfort your child, guide them into an activity or hold them until they quiet down. Most of the time, your child will have stopped crying before you get out of the parking lot of the facility. The transition can be difficult and you can rest assured that our teachers will lovingly help your child through this time.
  • Do not linger around after you have said goodbye (where they can see & hear you), this can confuse your child and prolong crying. Feel free to call to check on your child, especially in the early days.

Check-in Process

Your children will be in a completely locked area during their stay with us. Doors will be locked after arrival time. If you arrive after that time, you will be let in by the front desk manager.

EVERYONE will need to sign in AND sign out your children. This will ensure we have accurate attendance records for safety and licensing requirements. You will be responsible to stop at the front desk area at drop-off and pick up time to sign in/out your child and you are required to walk your child to their classroom after you’ve signed in.

The sign-ins have a column for who will be picking up your child. If this changes throughout the day, please notify the front desk manager by calling the church office or emailing at hearts&minds@westwoodchurch.net If we don’t recognize or if the name is not on your enrollment form, we will ID the individual.

Please fill out the backside of a green daily sheet each day so that we know when your child last ate, how he or she slept the night before or any special concerns or instructions for the day. We will fill out the other side during your child’s day with us.

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