Sprouts – 6 weeks to 12 months
It can be incredibly daunting for a new parent to have to consider care outside the home for their infant, let alone in a child care center. We wanted to share with you our beliefs regarding the choice of a center vs a nanny or home care environment. We do not want to tell you that there is anything wrong with any of these choices, only that we feel consideration of our center deserves your attention
- Safety ~ Our center has an administrative assistant who remains at the front desk until the front doors are locked at 9am.There are always staff and enrolled families moving around throughout the center. There are parents dropping off and picking up their children, staff from other classrooms, the administration team who is present every day, and children who travel from space to space for their explorations. There are always additional eyes staying focused on the needs and wellbeing of your child. Our teachers are required to submit to both fingerprint checks and background screenings to ensure they are safe to be employed in our facility.
- Staff-Staff is hired and trained for each specific age group and is assigned to that classroom for a full day on a consistent schedule. The ratio in the classroom is one teacher for each three infants and once a fourth infant is present, an additional teacher is scheduled to the classroom for that day. This ratio is well below the state approved ratio of one teacher to five infants. These teachers are focused on the specific, and often individualized, needs of the infants in their care ~ whether it is a sleep schedule, transition from nursing to bottle feeding, gross motor milestones. The infants have a crib space set up in the classroom so that the infants are never far away from their caretakers and a watchful can be kept over them.
- Training- We work with a variety of organizations that provide the most up to date information on infant development and safety. Our monthly Child Care consultations with the Public Health Nurse regularly include information about infants such as pacifier usage, infant feeding, sleep positioning and more. There are no older children in the same classroom that require a division of attention or the presence of unsafe equipment or materials in the babies space.
- Dedication ~ It takes a special person to commit to working with young children as their profession and we spend a significant period of time interviewing and observing staff prior to hiring them. When a teacher is hired, they commit to an in-depth training period during which they learn about all of the rules and regulations that guide our policies and procedures as well as all of the research that supports our philosophy and perspective on early learning.
- We respect your baby as an important part of the TLC culture. They are smart, observant, loving members of our community and capable of learning so much even in the earliest of months. We love watching these babies grow and we can continue to accommodate them and your family until they leave to enter kindergarten. We are ready to welcome your family to our center and provide them every possible support to feel welcomed, nurtured, and tended to in their special infant dedicated classroom.