Our Infant/Toddler Program is open to children at 6 weeks to 24 months with a teacher/child ratio of 1:4. The children are closely supervised in a loving, nurturing and safe environment by highly qualified teachers that have a passion for providing quality care. The classroom is designed to invite comfort, stimulation and plenty of cause and affect throughout the day. The children will enjoy a refreshing stroller ride or simply explore the outdoor stations in the Infant/Toddler playground. We offer a School Day Program from 8:00am until 3:00pm or a Full Day Program from 7:00am until 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.
In an effort to keep the Infant/Toddler Classroom clean from debris brought in by shoe traffic we are instituting a SHOE COVER POLICY for adults. There will be a basket of adult shoe covers provided inside of the classroom. Please cover your shoes when leaving the carpeted area. On your way out of the classroom please remove the shoe covers and place them in the DIRTY SHOE COVER basket.
Please remove your child’s shoes (if your child is walking) in the welcome/transition area. Shoes should be placed in the shoe rack and will be used when they go outside for recess time.
We sincerely appreciate your efforts and cooperation in keeping the environment clean for the children that are rolling, crawling and cruising around the classroom.
Before Children can attempt bowel or bladder control certain muscles and parts of the nervous system must mature to a point where they can be consciously controlled. Children must also be cognitively and verbally mature enough to understand and follow toileting instructions. A casual, relaxed approach to this aspect of child development lends itself to success for both parent and child.
Children will be at different stages of toilet learning and the staff will work with each child individually. The children will be introduced to the toilet at every diaper change beginning at 18 months. Children younger than 18 months will be introduced to toilet learning at the discretion of the parents. Toilet learning is based upon the individual child and regular communication with the families is important to the success of this process.
Staff will be positive and encouraging during the toilet learning process. Accidents are expected to happen and will be handled with respect. Success depends on the acceptance of the individual child, the tools that they are given, consistency and the positive encouragement generated.
Resource materials are available (see the classroom teacher) if you are looking for additional information to assist your family through the toilet learning process.
If at any time you or one of the staff members senses frustration in the process you will be notified and continuation of the program will be discussed.
The “Diaper Deposit Program” is pretty simple! There is a diaper bucket with your child’s name on it and it is your responsibility to DEPOSIT diapers. The diaper bucket should be checked regularly to assure that there are plenty of diapers for the day/week. The Diaper Buckets should hold a 2-3 day supply of diapers. The preschool does not have the room to store additional diapers for the students.
It is important to know that the staff will be changing your child’s diaper at least every two hours throughout the day (and more if needed). Please keep this in mind when DEPOSITING diapers in your child’s diaper bucket.
Holy Family Preschool does not supply diapers for the children in our program. We ask that parents monitor the diaper level in their child’s bucket and refill regularly. Should there be a need to provide diapers on an emergency bases, the parent is responsible for replenishing the borrowed diapers.
We use a “Community Wipe System” here at Preschool. We request that each family bring in two packages of wipes per month, on the first day of the month. Please give them to the teacher in the classroom so they can log in your WIPE donation.
The wipes you are providing will be used at the changing station for all of the children. If your child has had an allergic reaction to a particular product please provide personal wipes that will be used just for your child. Personal wipes will be kept in their diaper bucket.
Infant Beds - Napping Procedures
Infants six weeks to 6 months old adhere to a sleep on demand program per the State of California Licensing Title 22 Regulations. A spacious gated napping area for infants has been designed to resemble the comforts of home. The napping area is equipped with your choice of the traditional port-a-crib style bedding or the Montessori baby beds. The baby beds are constructed of a wooden frame and mattress standing about three inches off the ground. The theory behind using low beds comes from Maria Montessori’s theory on Infant Development. Maria’s studies concluded that infants have the natural tendency to explore their environment and gain knowledge from the surroundings. The infant must be able to explore his/her environment in order to become adapted to his/her place and time. All being accomplished without the obstruction of rails or bars, the child is able to see his/her surroundings and feel more comfortable in his/her space. This theory allows for close contact with the child without the restraint of railings or crib sides. An infant is typically, rocked by his/her Primary Teacher and then laid in the baby bed for naptime. The teacher sits on the floor next to the baby bed gently comforting the baby until they fall asleep. Per Title 22 Regulations, the teacher will remain in the napping area the entire time the child is sleeping, constantly observing the child in his/her resting state. As soon as the infant awakes the teacher will take the infant back into the play area to resume his/her day.
At six months of age the children transfer to a one inch foam mat and a plush sleeping nap mat (mat, blanket and pillow) that is laid out in the carpeted Infant area. Families are encouraged to bring items from home for sleeping comfort. Starting out in a baby bed (as described above) makes the transition to a floor mat easier. It is the belief of the Center that the equipment in the classroom should encourage the child’s freedom to move, not hinder movement. When sleeping on a floor mat the child can get up once they are awake and continue to explore their surroundings without restriction. In giving the child the exposure to freely move in their environment it helps them to learn how to function on their own as well as develop independence, concentration, movement, self-esteem and decision-making, leading to a healthy, well-adjusted child later in life. It is the desire of our Center to provide an environment that encourages the development of the body, mind and spirit leading to the fulfillment of each child’s individual potential in all aspects of their classroom and consistent routines without restraint.