Infant (1 & 2)
Our two infant classrooms care for up to 16 children who are between the ages of 5 – 24 months when the school year begins in September.
Our teachers will work closely with parents to develop a routine that is both familiar and predictable. Our Infant classrooms are designed to support a Primary Caregiving system in which each caregiver is assigned two to three infants. This allows each baby to build a close and trusting relationship with a particular teacher. The baby knows who to go to for diapering, feeding, resting, and comfort. The Primary Teacher communicates daily with the family to support each child’s sense of comfort and development in the classroom.
There are opportunities for the infants to move freely around the room and explore a variety of materials, listen to and play music, engage in story and outdoor play. Infants are encouraged to crawl while older infants are encouraged to walk, developing their gross-motor skills.
Our infant teachers are ready to care for children from 5 months – 24 months. Many families have questions about daily care in our infant rooms, below are additional details.
- Teachers are caring, kind, and gentle caregivers who love babies. They are trained in infant care and love giving cuddles, snuggles, and hugs to each child. Babies are held and cuddled all day long by our staff in the infant rooms.
- Primary caregiving is front and center in the infant room. Each teacher is the primary caregiver for 2-3 children, depending on class size. The primary caregiver is the main person responsible for diapering, feeding, and sleeping. Primary caregivers are determined during the phase-in period at the start of the school year. It is reflective of how relationships develop between teachers and children.
- Each family will be provided with an intake form to complete before the school year begins. The form outlines each child’s personal routine in regards to home life, language, resting, bathrooming, childcare and medical history, patterns and
habits and any other important information families would like to share about their child.
- Naps: each child has their own nap schedule. Parents will share with teachers their child’s typical nap schedule during phase-in. Teachers work closely with parents as babies grow older and their nap schedule changes. Teachers are child-centered in approaching every child’s individual schedule. Children have their own cribs for naptimes. If desired, parents can provide a sleep sack for their child. There are rocking chairs and classrooms use white noise and other soothing sounds to encourage sleep. After a baby turns 1 year old, the child will be transitioned to sleeping on a mat. As the school year progresses into the spring, the classroom routine will change from an individual approach to resting to a more group-like setting where children will rest for a single, longer nap within the school day.
- Daily updates: parents receive updates from teachers through the BrightWheel App which notifies parents about diaper changes, feedings, photos, and offers messaging between parents and teachers.
- Purple Circle prioritizes outside time for all children. Infants are brought outside to local playgrounds, parks, and sites including the farmer’s markets. Children are either carried in baby carriers, pushed in a stroller, or offered to walk once they are capable.
- Cleanliness and hygiene are of the utmost importance and teachers follow all Department of Health protocols while going above and beyond to keep children healthy. Toys and classrooms are cleaned daily.
- Whenever possible, primary caregivers will assist their children with eating all snacks and meals, including bottles. Parents provide all food for infants, including baby foods, formula or breast milk. Young infants will always be held while being fed, particularly during bottle feedings. Children who are more independent, can hold their bodies in an upright position and who are beginning to eat solid foods, will be fed in a highchair. Older Infants and Toddlers will be encouraged to self-feed once they show signs of readiness.
- Babies are social and love to watch each other and learn about the world around them. Each classroom offers toys and opportunities for play that encourage babies to grow and learn. Toys are a tool for learning and are selected each morning depending on the interests and milestones of the children in the class.
- The infants follow their own individual biorhythms of sleeping, eating, diapering, and playing. Routines at school may slightly differ from those at home. As the school year progresses and infants begin to mature, teachers will begin to prepare the children for more group-like routines.
- Children in the infant rooms love when the older children visit! We create opportunities for children of mixed ages to interact throughout the day. Either by walking through the school, joining a teacher on an errand in school, outside at parks and playgrounds, or inviting older children into the infant room to play and assist with art projects.
- At Purple Circle, all children, even infants, begin the school year together in September. Our care is based on a year-long curriculum so children remain together as a cohort in their classrooms through the following August.
Purple Circle offers families the following Monday through Friday programs, year round, providing four schedule options parents can choose from to meet their unique needs:
- 8:30am – 1:50pm
- 8:30am – 4:00pm
- 8:30am – 6:00pm
- 2:10pm – 6:00pm
There is also an early morning drop-off option available each day at 8:00am.