Infant Care

New Beginnings

What's a day like for your infant?

About the Infant Care Program at Kiddie Academy of Vancouver - Fishers Landing

Early childhood development is critically important. At Kiddie Academy®, our experienced teachers and staff help facilitate this period of learning, and that’s what separates us from traditional child care facilities.With our New Beginnings program, your baby will be paired with a primary teacher who will provide personalized attention and nurture them through every milestone—within a caring and cohesive community.

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Life Essentials®

Preparing your infant for life's next developmental milestones

Our New Beginnings program is developed through our Life Essentials® curriculum to provide your baby with well-rounded learning experiences while receiving positive, nurturing care.

Cognitive Development

Focus: Helping your baby make sense of their environment.

Our teachers nurture this critical stage in your infant's development by allowing them to respond to, adapt to and learn about their surroundings using all of their senses. They're engaged in activities that help them make associations between sounds and sights and develop an awareness of their environment.

Activities

  • Understanding object permanence (that objects exist even when they can't be sensed) through educational games.
  • Creating sensory memories by exploring different textures and sounds with toys.
  • Understanding similarities and likenesses by sorting colored or shaped objects and solving puzzles.

Learn On®

Learning continues beyond the classroom. Here are some easy projects you can do to extend learning into your home.

  • Play peekaboo to help your infant understand object permanence (that objects exist even when they can’t be sensed).
  • Play with toys that make different sounds and have different textures to create sensory memories.
  • Play with puzzles to develop an understanding of similarities and likenesses by sorting colored or shaped objects.

Language & Communication

Focus: Learning how to express wants and needs.

Our teachers are constantly communicating with your infant to help them make sense of sounds and speech patterns. They're engaged in activities to help them express and understand both verbal sounds and nonverbal body language.

Activities

  • Making associations between words and colors in books.
  • Learning words in sign language.
  • Responding to and imitating sounds and rhymes through songs.
  • Identifying facial expressions and sounds.

Learn On®

Learning continues beyond the classroom. Here are some easy projects you can do to extend learning into your home.

  • Read a book such as “Red Light, Green Light” to make associations between words and colors.
  • Go to babysignlanguage.com to find and practice simple sign language words like “mommy,” “please,” “milk” and “I love you.”
  • Identify facial expressions and sounds in front of a mirror.

Social & Emotional Growth

Focus: Building trust with adults and other infants.

We create a safe and secure environment by providing warm, nurturing, personalized care and responding to your infant's signals. Your child will see many different, yet consistent and familiar faces and engage in activities that encourage cooperation and imaginative play.

Activities

  • Nurturing attachments with familiar adults.
  • Playing near and developing familiarity with other infants and teachers.
  • Learning self-awareness through songs.
  • Displaying social gestures through interactive materials.

Learn On®

Learning continues beyond the classroom. Here are some easy projects you can do to extend learning into your home.

  • Have members of your family hug, cradle and praise the baby to nurture attachments with familiar people.
  • Sing “Where is Baby?” to help develop a sense of self-awareness.
  • Read the poem, “Wave, Wave, Wave” to help baby learn social gestures like waving.

Fine & Gross Motor Skills

Focus: Strengthening your baby's finger, hand, arm and leg muscles.

Our teachers assist your infant's physical development through tasks that improve coordination, accuracy and balance. They receive encouragement and positive reinforcement every step of the way.

Activities

  • Learning to lift, hold and turn their head, roll over, sit up and crawl.
  • Developing leg muscles using objects that support walking.
  • Learning to feed themselves by holding bottles on their own.
  • Engaging in sensory play, including finger painting, play dough and blocks covered in different fabrics.
  • Exploring the outdoors through daily walks in strollers and playing outside in the playground.

Learn On®

Learning continues beyond the classroom. Here are some easy projects you can do to extend learning into your home.

  • Give your baby “tummy time” so they can practice lifting, turning and holding their head; rolling over; sitting up; and crawling.
  • Use toy strollers, grocery carts or other objects that support walking to help your infant develop strong leg muscles.
  • Use finger painting, play dough, bags and blocks covered in different fabrics to have sensory play time with your child.
  • Explore the outdoors through daily walks in strollers and playing outside.

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How Life Essentials is different

Questions? Answers.

Explore some of the most frequently asked questions from parents of infants.

Q. Do you provide diapers?
A. We ask parents to provide disposable or cloth diapers, wipes, ointments and powders for their infants. We maintain a small supply of diapers that can be used if your personal supply runs out.
Q. Do you provide formula?
A. We ask that parents provide formula or breast milk for their infants. Please provide us with freshly prepared bottles daily until your child is ready to begin eating Kiddie Academy menu items. Always label bottles and food containers with your child’s first and last name and the date. We’ll get your infant’s feeding schedule from you to maintain consistency with the feeding routine you’re establishing at home.
Q. What if my child gets sick?
A. We’ll call you or a designated adult from your Emergency Information Form so that your child can be picked up as soon as possible from the Academy. While waiting to be picked up, your child will rest quietly, away from other children.
Q. What policies are Academies required to have in place to address safety?
A. Our facilities and outdoor play areas are required to have secure entries and exits that are maintained by an electronic entry system. Only individuals authorized by you are allowed to pick up your child from the Academy. All employees are required to have undergone background checks prior to employment.
Q. What are your teacher qualifications?
A. All Kiddie Academy teachers must meet or exceed the state requirements for child care providers and are required to receive ongoing professional training annually. We also require background checks through local, county, state and/or federal agencies prior to employment.
Q. Do you use “bouncy seats” or similar devices?
A. No. We never leave infants unattended and believe that they should be unrestricted because children can learn best when they can move around and explore their environment.
Q. What will my child be doing?
A. Your infant will be assigned a primary teacher who will play, read and talk with your child. This helps nurture the child’s skills development in six areas – Social, Emotional, Communications, Fine Motor, Gross Motor and Cognitive. Your infant will nap and feed consistent with the routines you’ve begun to establish at home.
Q. Can I drop in to observe?
A. Yes. We endorse an open-door policy and encourage families to visit at any time. We also schedule family/teacher conferences each year to discuss your child’s progress, but you can request a conference with the Director at any time.
Q. Do you take the children outdoors?
A. Yes, weather permitting, we take children outside daily. Children should be dressed appropriately for playing on our playground or taking group walks.

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