The Infant/Toddler Program continues to accept applications on a rolling basis.
Click here to download the 2017-2018 Early Childhood Learning Center registration packet.
The primary goal of our Infant/Toddler Program is to provide each child with the best of care in a clean and nurturing environment. Our nurturing Educators work to encourage each child in every stage of his or her social and emotional growth as well as to support and strengthen language and cognitive development. The daily routine is set up to provide stimulating experiences for children to learn and explore their environment through their own curiosity.
Each child is given individualized care. In the Infant classroom, the children follow their own schedules until they begin their preparation for the Toddler classroom. All programming is developmentally appropriate. The children are stimulated through music, songs, language and interaction. A variety of safe toys are offered and utilized in order to stimulate growth and provide multiple learning opportunities. The Educators provide nurturing, sensory experiences and physical contact through holding, rocking, talking, and singing. We follow an emergent curriculum which is based on the children’s interests and ideas.
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We believe that parents are part of our team! Effective and ongoing communication between parents and staff is extremely important in providing quality care and wonderful experiences for children. Parents will receive a daily report that includes routine habits such as eating, toileting, and sleeping. Parents will also be able to gain access to their child’s secure classroom website for pictures and additional school information and reminders.
Infant seats, low tables and chairs are provided when eating. Babies are either held or sit in bouncy chairs when bottle‐fed until they are able to hold their own bottle.
- Labeled and dated bottles (sippy cups should be brought in as children begin to use them)
- Breast milk, formula or milk may be brought in daily or weekly and will be stored in the refrigerator or freezer
- Snacks and lunch, when your child begins eating solid food
- All food in labeled and dated containers
- Feeding utensils as needed
Low tables and chairs are provided for meal times. Toddlers are encouraged to practice feeding themselves in order to promote self-help skills and Educators guide and assist as needed. The ECLC provides a morning and afternoon snack, as well as lunch. All food items are kosher and nut free.
- Morning and afternoon snacks
- Lunch - vegetarian and meat options available
- Water is offered throughout the day
A separate nap room adjoins to each infant classroom and children sleep in their own cribs. Toddlers are provided with raised cots and nap in their classrooms after lunch. The J supplies the fitted sheets, which are changed weekly, or more often if necessary. Any special transition objects (e.g., blanket, pacifier) are welcome to be sent to the classroom for comforting purposes. Due to concerns about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), children under 12 months of age will be placed on their back to sleep and no toys or bulky bedding will be in the crib with the child.
In an effort to keep each child as healthy as possible, the ECLC adheres to a 24‐hour fever‐free, diarrhea‐free and vomit‐free policy. Additional details can be found in the Parent Handbook upon registration.
Parents supply diapers, wipes, bottles, and sippy cups. Please send in two packages of wipes at the beginning of each month. Several changes of clothing should be kept in your child’s cubby at all times. Please label all clothing, including outerwear, socks, and shoes. Please send your child wearing clothes in which they are able to move and play!
The JCCNV Infant/Toddler Program follows the Virginia State Licensing Ratios which states that there must be one Educator for every four infants and one Educator for every five toddlers. The classroom Educators remain consistent throughout the day, with staggered shifts. There will be between two and four Educators in your child’s classroom depending on the amount of children in the room at that time. Each of our Educators is a highly qualified professional who is passionate about caring for infants and toddlers.
When children are ready to move to an older classroom, a transition plan is instituted that includes visiting the next classroom and becoming acquainted with the new teacher. Parents are informed in advance when the change of class will take place and when the transition plan will be instituted. Transitions take place during a child’s 16th month of age (depending on space availability) and again upon turning 2 years of age (depending on space availability and time during the school year).
Upon filling out an application, a $100 non‐refundable deposit is required. Please indicate a specific preferred start date as well as an estimated due date for babies who have not yet been born. Your child will be placed on the wait list based on the order in which your application is received. The ECLC will contact you two months prior to your preferred start date if a space becomes available.
After accepting a space in the program, half of the first month’s tuition must be paid within 48 hours to reserve the space. This payment is applied towards your child’s first month of childcare.
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