Manatees: Infants 6 weeks-12 months
The Manatee classroom has infants from 6 weeks to 12 months. The teacher to student ratio is 1:5 with a maximum of 12 children.
We provide individualized activities and schedules to fit the needs of your ever-changing little one. These activities include opportunities for tummy time, exposure to language/music, and lots of cuddle time to promote your child’s initial development.
Getting to Know You
Once your child has been enrolled in Leah’s CLC and before his/her first day in the classroom, the classroom teachers will meet with you. Please complete the attached form, “Getting to Know You,” before the meeting. It is important that we learn a little about your child and understand the routines you have developed at home to help the adjustment go as smoothly as possible.
Parents are welcome in our classroom at any me. High quality early care and education is a partnership between families and teachers. The more you know about our program and the more the teachers know about you, the better we can serve your child and your family.
The best way to develop a partnership with your child’s teachers is to spend a few moments each day in conversation. Tell the teachers about your child’s evening, likes and dislikes, and family and friends who are important in his/her life. Ask the teachers about your child’s day, the ac vi es he/she enjoys, the friends he/ she likes to play with, or progress in developing a new skill. If you have a question or just want to check in during the day, feel free to call. Teachers may not be able to talk during classroom me, however, the office staff will be happy to check in on your child.
We keep track of your child’s meals, nap me, and ac vi es throughout each day on the Tadpoles program. When your child is picked up from school to go home, the information recorded for the day will be sent to you via the Tadpoles app or email.
Curriculum & Child Guidance
We strive to provide a secure, nurturing, and stimulating environment that encourages the development of our infants. Please read the Parent Handbook for detailed information about how we do this in all of our classrooms at Leah’s CLC. We follow the Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards for Infants when implementing our curriculum. This means that we will be providing daily actives that challenge our little learners in language and literacy development, cognitive development and general knowledge, physical well- being and motor development, social and emotional development, and approaches toward learning. Feel free to check out all of the early learning standards at httpd://earlychildhoodohio.org/elds.stm. Above all, we strive to provide a home away from home for you and your child by giving cuddles, eye contact, one-on-one attention, responding to needs promptly, using soothing and kind voices and words, and creating an environment of love and trust.
What to Bring Please bring the following items to school for your child. We recommend that you schedule a me to bring in these items before your child’s first day so that the first drop off is not hectic.
- Large supply of diapers and wipes
- Diaper cream
- At least three pair of weather appropriate extra clothing including shirts, pants, and socks. Pack clothing in gallon or larger resealable plastic bags and label with your child’s first and last name.
- Bibs. Keep an extra supply of bibs at school at all times.
- Two tightly-fitting crib sheets—blankets, mobiles, bumpers, stuffed animals are not permitted in cribs.
- Pacifiers. Keep a couple of extra at school and in the diaper bag just in case one gets lost.
- Please do not bring toys from home. They might get lost or broken and it can be difficult for a child to share their special toys with the other children.
Items to bring on a weekly basis:
- Clean crib sheet
- Sleep sack (a one-piece sleeper or wearable blanket, only children who cannot roll over may be swaddled with a wearable swaddling blanket)
Every item that you bring to school for your child must be labeled with first and last name. Here are some suggestions to help you get started:
- Crib sheets, clothing: Iron-on labels, fabric marker.
- Resealable plastic bags filled with clothing, diaper boxes, wipes. boxes/containers: permanent marker
- Bottles, food containers and lids, forks and spoons: masking tape, painters tape, label maker tape, thick rubber bands
- Dating bottles and food: Keep a sheet of dots that you can quickly write the date on and attach to each item before leaving in the morning
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Tip: While most items can be packed in your diaper bag the night before, certain items such as baby food and bottles of breast milk or formula need to stay refrigerated and can only be packed the next morning. You can’t leave without your keys so either put them in the refrigerator next to the bottles or put a bright sticky note on them reminding you to get the bottles.