Infants ProgramINFANTS PROGRAM

It is essential to us that our teachers have a personal relationship with your child. Although the State of Michigan’s ratio of teachers-to-babies is 1 to 4, whenever possible FELC’s ratio is 1 to 3. At FELC, it is important that our teachers not only know your child’s schedule, but also know their personalities as well as their likes and dislikes.

Our room’s layout is set up to enhance learning while still providing a safe and exciting space to explore. In the play area of the room, we have swings, exer-saucers, jumpers, musical instruments, stuffed animals, books, and many other toys. In our eating area, we have a refrigerator for bottles and baby food and highchairs for feeding. Our “crib room” is a peaceful sleeping area where classical music or relaxing lullabies are regularly played.

We feed your baby as he or she needs to be fed or we can follow any schedule you prefer. Diapers are changed every two hours or as needed.

We are aware that each child is different so we allow our infants to achieve both mental and physical goals at their own pace. We frequently have tummy time to develop stomach muscles that help your baby sit up. When your baby is learning to crawl, we do activities that help him or her explore different movements that can make them more mobile. Our teachers love celebrating with you and your baby as he or she achieves various developmental milestones.

Cleanliness is of the utmost importance to us. Each child will have his or her own crib (bedding is changed twice a week or as needed). All toys are thoroughly washed every night. Empty bottles are rinsed out and placed back into your child’s bag to go home so they can be washed and sterilized.

FIRST DAY CHECKLIST
  • Bottles – please bring your bottles already made. We will date and label each bottle with your child’s name.
  • A can of liquid formula or frozen breast milk to leave at FELC for emergency purposes. It is State law that we have this on hand.
  • Baby food or cereal, if applicable – most parents will bring in a box of cereal to leave at FELC.
  • Diapers, wipes, diaper cream. (Signed medical form required for diaper cream.)
  • A pacifier, if needed.
  • One or two extra changes of clothes.
  • Tylenol to have on hand if needed. (Signed medical form required.)

Each child is assigned a coat hook and “cubbie” for placing personal items such as hats, mittens, etc.

Please label everything you send to the center.

  COMMUNICATION

Communication with our families is essential. We do this in a variety of ways:

Daily Sheets
Feeding times, diaper changes, sleep time, and activities are recorded on the daily sheets and sent home each day.

Newsletters
Announcements of upcoming events and special activities are sent home in these weekly letters.

Mailboxes
Letters, notes, and art projects are placed in them each day.


HIGH SCOPE CURRICULUM

All classes at FELC use High Scope Curriculum. In the Infant Room, this means that our environment is very child-centered. The relationship between a baby and his/her caregivers is of utmost importance in building trust and creating a warm, reassuring climate. Weekly lesson plans are posted which ensure that babies are involved in activities that help them grow in all areas of development.

  WE FOCUS ON ALL FIVE SENSES

Vision
At birth, vision is the least developed sense. Research shows that a baby’s visual preference is to look at new images as opposed to looking at familiar things. For this reason, our room is filled with a variety of visually stimulating objects.

Taste
Studies show that infancy is an important time to develop a love for different textures and tastes. We will encourage new foods and flavors for the infant. One of the unique ways we let the babies explore is by sensory play.

Touch
Babies use their hands to examine many objects. We encourage this by providing a wide variety of textures to explore.

Hearing
Baby’s hearing is quite sensitive. A child feels love through a voice and its tone, so at no time is your infant to be subjected to raised, harsh voices. Along with this, our music selection in the Infant Room consists of lullabies and classical music to help calm and relax.

Smell
An infant’s sense of smell is very acute. At times, we help stimulate their sense of smell by exposing them to different smells such as herbs, spices and scents from various foods.

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