There is so much an infant can learn in such a short period of time. It's critical that your child develops a relationship with the caring adults in their life. We are delighted that you are considering enrolling your child in Village Green Day School's Ducklings class. It is our sincere and continuing desire to provide the best environment for your child's Infant program experience.
Parents will need to provide formula, breast milk and whole milk (for infants 1 year and older). All bottles will be kept refrigerated until used. Our caregivers will warm the bottles using a crockpot. A bottle is considered expired once it has been warmed and out of the refrigerator for over one hour. If your child does not finish their bottle after 1 hour it will be dumped and the bottle will be rinsed. We suggest you always bring one spare bottle for a back- up for your child, in the event you may be late or your child may need an extra feeding.
The following are state guidelines we need to follow regarding infant bottles:
- Bottles need to be prepared before coming to school each day.
- Bottles need to be labeled with the child’s first and last name with the day’s date.
- All bottles need to have covers over the nipples to protect them from airborne illnesses.
- Bottles should only contain formula, breast milk or whole milk. We are not allowed to give children bottles containing cereal or your child's medication.
- Our team will color-code your child’s bottles with a sticker each day based on the contents of the bottle.
Once your child is old enough to eat solids such as infant cereal and jar foods you can send what your child needs. Infant cereal will need to be prepared, and we will store it in the refrigerator and warm it prior to feeding. Baby food jars need to be unopened. Homemade food can be brought for your child if you do not use jar foods. Once your child is on solid foods we can start supplementing food from our school’s lunch and snack menus. Once a child is 1 year of age whole milk can be provided by the school for meals in a tippee cup. (Parents only need to provide whole milk when it is needed in a bottle.)
Each day you would need to send diapers, wet wipes, extra clothes, enough prepared bottles for your child’s day, jar food and cereal until your child is able to eat table foods.
All infants are laid on their backs in their cribs when napping. We do not allow blankets, pillows or stuffed animals in cribs with young infants while sleeping. You may provide a sleep sack for children as an alternative to blankets. Each infant will have their own designated crib or napping cot (after 1 year of age) and crib sheets are washed each evening in scent-free clothing detergent.
Shoe Free Room
Our Duckling room is shoe-free and we ask that you remove your shoes or put on the available shoe covers if you wish to walk past the “drop off zone” nearest the cubbies and supply bins.
Our team will communicate details of your child’s day (napping, playing, eating, milestones, etc.) each day via the Bloomz mobile app. You can also communicate directly with our team through this app.