Our Infant Program
6 weeks – 18 months
(Teacher : Child ratio 1:3)
Clarkson Angels Infant program is a calm, soothing, happy environment. Infant's daily needs are met with smiles and constant eye contact. Loving interaction between infants and our Educators are given during diaper changes, feedings, rest time, and playtime throughout the day.
Infants are taught sign language in conjunction with learning words, emphasizing strong communication skills. They are spoken to about what they are seeing and experiencing, thus encouraging their vocabulary development. There is plenty of cuddle time and infants are given plenty of individualized attention. Thoroughly planned activities will keep your infants stimulated, engaged and entertained throughout the day. Our Infant program is designed to meet your infant's physical, cognitive and social development.
Parents are kept up to date with a daily report of feeding times/amounts, diaper changes, nap times, and activities that occurred each day. Educators are responsive to each parent's concerns and suggestions and the baby's achievements are joyfully shared.
The Infant program schedule is designed for each infant's individual specific needs; therefore, routines such as diapering, feeding, sleeping, & outdoor times are individually met.
Outdoor activities are scheduled for approximately 30 minutes to an hour in the morning and again in the afternoon. You can either see us walking in our multi-seated strollers walking the beautiful neighbourhoods in our community or developing our gross motor skills and participating in planned outdoor class lessons on our padded playground. All children are required to have outdoor shoes that stay at the Centre. Outdoor times will be modified according to weather changes.
Clothing should be appropriate for the weather and the season.
Fall hat/cap, splash pants, coat, boots and/or shoes
Winter hat, mitts/gloves, neck warmer (scarves are not recommended), snow pants or snowsuit, winter coat, insulated boots and/or shoes
Spring hat/cap, splash pants, rain coat/wind coat, rain boots, running shoes
Summer hat/cap, light coat, rain boots, running shoes (open sandals are not recommended for safety and sanitary reasons), swimsuit, towel
Regardless of the stage your child is at when they attend the Centre; teachers will work with parents to develop a program that works for each child. Proper hygiene (i.e. washing hands) is modelled by Educators and incorporated into the daily routine. Please advise your child’s teacher(s) of any unique routines or difficulties your child may have when toileting. Parents provide the Centre with diapers, wipes and any creams you apply during diapering.
Breast milk, formula & cereal will be prepared at the time of each individual's infant routine. Please ensure shatter-proof bottles (including cap) are CLEARLY LABELED with the child's name and dated before being brought to the centre. Bottles are warmed in hot water.
Nursing mothers are welcome to come to the centre to feed their babies whenever possible. Communication with our educators ensures that your child will be kept on a schedule that accommodates your availability to nurse.
Weekly menus are posted on our message board for our infants who are on solid foods. These foods are all prepared based on each infant's desired texture and level of readiness.
Each infant sleeps based on their own schedule. Naptime for the rest of the centre is from 12:30-2:30 pm. Infants are assigned their own cribs with their names and pictures. Infants are always placed on their backs to sleep.