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Infant Schedule

The schedules of the infants are based on their individual needs.  Our spacious infant room allows children to move around freely and explore the environment around them.  For the non-mobile infants, there are swings, exersaucers, and lots of floor play for them to develop their muscles and start working on their fine and gross motor skills.  Once your child becomes mobile and able to move about freely on their own, there is a foam climbing structure used to aid in their gross motor skills as well as table top toys that the children can start to pull themselves up on to stand.  Stacking blocks and cups, as well as learning to self feed help in developing their fine motor skills.  Their social interactions between other children and their teachers is an on-going process that helps aid in their speech and language skills, as well as form attachments and feel safe in their environment.

The teachers in the infant room play music throughout the day to aid the babies in lots of movement.  Reading books to them is also an activity the infants truly enjoy.  They seem to really like the one on one interactions they receive from listening to stories during quiet times of the day.

Between the ages of 12 months until they begin to transition to the toddler room, the children get introduced to the idea of using crayons to color.  They start using finger paints as well to strengthen their hand, finger and arm muscles.  They also move from high chair to a toddler seat and table to eat snacks and lunch.  All these things prepare them for a smooth transition to the toddler room.

 

Infant Safe Sleep


Sleep Positions:

  • infants must be placed on their backs to sleep.  The only exception is when there is a written note from the childís physician that specifically indicates an alternate sleep position and a time frame for how long the instructions are to be followed.  A posting will be on the childís crib regarding the alternate sleep position without identifying specific medical information.  The childís file will contain the written order from the physician.
  • If an infant, before enrollment has had an alternate sleep position, the director will obtain written parental permission to seek advice from the childís pediatrician about the best and safest way to transition the child to the back to sleep position.  The parent can also obtain the information from the childís pediatrician in writing and give it to the director.
  • if a physician requests that the infantís head be elevated, the parent is to submit to Countryside the note in writing that include how the crib should be raised, such as raising the mattress at one end or raising the crib at one end and for how long.
  • infants will not be placed on their side for sleep.  Devices such as wedges or infant positioners will not be used.
  • Swaddling is not allowed at Countryside Child Care Center.
  • infants who use pacifiers will be offered it when they are placed to sleep.  The pacifiers will not be put back in their mouth if it falls out once they are asleep.  The staff will check pacifiers periodically for tears and clean and maintain them.
  • after being placed on their back to sleep, an infant who can easily turn over from back to front and front to back may remain in whatever position they prefer to sleep.

Sleep Environment:

  • Countryside Child Care Center will only use U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines for safety-approved cribs and firm mattresses.
    • each infant under 12 months of age will have their own individual crib.
    • crib slats will be less than 2 3/8 inches apart.
    • corner posts on cribs are not higher than 1/16 of an inch.
    • infants will not be left in a crib with drop sides down.
    • playpens/port-a-crib weave will be less than ľ inch.
    • the staff at Countryside will pay close attention and follow the manufacturersí weight and height requirements when assigning an infant to a crib/port-a-crib.
    • mattresses must be firm and fit the crib without allowing space between the crib and the mattress and they must be covered with snug fitted sheets.
    • cribs must be free from loose bedding, toys and other soft objects.  Some examples are:  pillows, comforters, sheep skins, bumper pads and stuffed toys.
  • If an infant does have a blanket or toy to help them fall asleep, it may be allowed, but a staff member will stand next to the crib monitoring the infant until he/she falls asleep, and then the toy must be removed immediately.
  • infants who fall asleep in highchairs, bouncers, swings, car seats or other equipment will be removed from such equipment and placed in a safe sleep environment.
  • to prevent infants from overheating, the temperature in the room will be monitored and any outdoor or excessive clothing will be removed.  Sleep clothing, such as sleepers, sleep sacks and wearable blankets may be used as an alternative.  If a light blanket is used, the infantís feet will be placed at the foot of the crib.  The blanket will be tightly tucked along the sides and the foot of the mattress.  The blanket will not come higher than the infantís chest.
  • bibs and pacifiers will not be tied around the infantís neck or clipped to their clothing during sleep.
  • smoking is not allowed in or near the program.

Supervision:

  • all children including infants enrolled in Countryside Child Care Center will be provided adequate supervision that ensures their health and safety.  The staff is able to visually supervise infants without obstructions such as blankets draped over the sides of cribs, shelving units or other classroom furnishings.
  • all rooms will have sufficient lighting to allow staff to monitor infants at all times, including during sleep.

All staff at Countryside Child Care Center are trained in the programís safe sleep policy and the director reviews the information with all staff periodically.  Each parent has a copy of the policy.  It is given to them at the time of enrollment.

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