Caterpillars WELCOME!!! (6 weeks - 11 months)
The transition into childcare can be hard on some children and parents! Feel free to stop in and talk with us before your child starts. Early mornings and late afternoons are typically good times to stop in.
On those days when you miss your little guy/girl and wish your little one was right there next to you, give us a call! We'll be happy to tell you how his/her day is going!
What should you bring on your first day?
Diapers, Creams and Wipes labeled with child’s name. A lightweight blanket (Goes home every Friday to be washed, don't forget to bring it back on Monday!). Extra clothes: three sets of sleepers, socks, and outer wear for daily walks . Three (3) bottles, Pacifier (2) and Food/formula that is clearly labeled with child’s name and dated .
What is my child's routine?
Infants typically set their own routine. They tell us when they're hungry or sleepy. In fact you probably have it down to a science! That's why we ask you for all that good information! How much do they eat? How often? What are their naps like?
However, there are some routines in our room that are a constant, for example.... We typically go for a morning walk every day weather permitting. Every child gets to sleep in his/her own crib. If they fall asleep in our arms or a swing, they will be lovingly transferred soon after to their own crib. Diapers are checked and or changed every hour to two hours. Of course if we start to smell something, or we simply feel the diaper is soggy, the child would be changed immediately.
Our older children who are ready to eat the foods prepared by Ewing's Love & Hope Preschool & Academy, Inc. cook are served meals at the following times: Breakfast around 8:00-8:30am, Lunch around 11:00-11:30am, and Snack around 2:00-2:30pm .
We have a quiet time with dim lighting from 12:00-2:00pm (great opportunity for napping). How will I know what my child did during the day? We record daily; all diaper changes, meals, naps and activities on a sheet that will go home with you when you arrive for pick-up!
We post a lesson plan in each classroom for parents to read so you have an idea of what is going on during the week. Each month has a new theme. We focus on the fundamental developmental areas such as language, motor skills, and sensory, just to name a few. We also take lots of pictures so you can not only read about what we are doing, but see it too! Sometimes these pictures are posted in the room, sometimes they go home with the daily sheets and we also use some for your child’s classroom portfolio.
What can I do as a parent/guardian?
We want you to spend a minute to talk with us when you arrive in the morning and when pick your child up at the end of the day! How was their mood? How did they sleep? Notice anything new or exciting? When did they eat last? Ask us questions! Tell us how you think your child's doing in our class! It also helps greatly if you label your entire child's belonging especially blankets, sweaters, socks & coats! These items tend to get mixed up easily.... THANK YOU! From time to time we rely on the parents to bring in materials or contribute to our classroom in some way. We may ask for things like family photos or shoe boxes or ask our children to wear their favorite hat.
We try to create a very “at home” atmosphere. We strive to make each and every child feel loved and nurtured. Each child will know that they are an important part of our group! We give each child individual attention. Whenever we have a free minute we talk with the children one-on-one, play hand games and make funny faces. We also give lots of positive attention when we are changing diapers and bottle-feeding. We also teach children how to play independently and with their classmates. Every child has free time to choose what they want to play with, move around, and mingle with their classmates. We incorporate American Sign Language into our daily routines. We use “more” and “please” often when we are at the table. If you would like us to show you some “signs,” just let us know because we'd love to teach you too!