The infant program is designed for children 6 weeks to 15 months of age. The staff is trained to meet the needs of each child as they occur. The teachers are sensitive to each child’s eating patterns and napping schedule, as well as activity time. They provide a stimulating environment in an atmosphere of love and concern.
The daily schedule in the infant room depends on the individual child’s needs. Custodial needs of the infants are of prime importance. The teachers will provide one-to-one interaction throughout the day using a variety of toys and equipment with the children and providing sensory experiences and other age-appropriate activities as time and development needs allow. Volunteers will assist in the infant room under the direction of the teachers.
A daily log is kept for each child regarding food and liquid intake, naps, and diapering. Parents are welcome to inspect this log on a daily basis and take it home with them at the days end. This log also contains a brief report of your child’s day.
When an infant is enrolled in PUKA, specific instructions regarding their care are requested from parent/guardians on a form provided with the registration materials. Infants grow and change quickly, so please notify your child’s teacher when you want to make changes regarding instructions for their care. The teacher may request that you update the instruction sheet periodically or make changes verbally on an on-going basis.
Since children under the age of six months are considered at high risk due to complications of the flu and other pathogens; putting a barrier between them and other children is extremely important. We request all older siblings be dropped off first and picked up last.
PUKA will supply diapers, wipes, an iron-fortified formula, cereal, baby foods and table food. If your child needs a special type of diaper or formula you will be responsible for providing it. The teacher will notify parents when items need to be replenished.
Transitions: In order for a child to successfully move up to the toddler room he/she must be 15 months of age as well as physically and emotionally ready to move on to a larger group. As a rule we do not use pacifiers or bottles in the toddler room. Children will begin to “visit” the toddler room before moving up. Occasionally, a transition may be postponed until space allows for the child to move up.