Children's Cottage Infant / Toddler Program | Print |  E-mail

The goal of the Infant/Toddler program is centered around the idea that children play to learn.  Age appropriate activities allow children to explore and manipulate in order to create a hands on, mind on environment.


  1. Finger foods should become part of breakfast/lunch/snack at 12 months.
  2. Cups should start at 12 months
  3. Spoon feeding self should begin at 15 months or earlier.
  4. Cloth diapers allowed up to 6 months.
  5. Heating bottles is always done in a crock pot (never microwave).
  6. Breastfeeding is always welcome
  7. Parents are always welcome to drop in for a visit!
  8. Napping - Please don't wake sleeping babies.
  9. Siblings may visit during the day but should not enter the nursery during pickup and dropoff times.


  1. If child is absent or going to be absent, please talk to head teacher.
  2. To aide in keeping area rugs clean, please check shoes for dirt.
  3. Please tell us how rigid or flexible your child's schedule is.
  4. If your child typically cries when you re-enter the room, please have another teacher bring back any forgotten items.
  5. Please don't pick up any other children.
  6. Please share your suggestions and concerns so you don't go home with any unanswered questions..         

Infant \ Toddler Curriculum

Infant development is steady and exciting during the first years of life.

Your child's days at The Children's Cottage are filled with encouragement and exposure to fun and challenging activities.

The children are encouraged to reach milestones through interactive play,art projects, music, and sensory exploration. 

Each activity explores skills in any of the developmental areas and are adapted to the age of the children.

The Infant and Toddler area at The Children's Cottage is unique.  The  environment allows for infants from six weeks up to and including toddlers.  It is an intimate setting that provides the
stimulation and close contact that young children need and want. In this mixed age group,
a family-like envirionment is created and nurtured.  This also allows for a smaller number of children per caregiver. The children grow and learn without switching rooms which allows longer bonding with the staff member. This arrangement is a desireable one as parents feel the relaxed state of the room combined with a very accesible staff is ideal.

What to Bring:

First Day

  • Sheets
  • Extra clothes
  • Tylenol
  • Pacifier (if needed)
  • Age appropriate stuffed animal or favorite toy for crib  -sunblock lotion (summer months)
  • Extra can of ready-made formula
  • Plastic bowl Daily
  • 4/5 diapers
  • Bibs
  • Bottles of formula/milk in labeled zip-locks
  • Cup
  • Spoon
  • Food for breakfast/lunch/snack (Weekly)
  • Washcloth
  • Sheets*
  • Blankets (one light, one heavy)*
  • Plastic bib* (Monthly)
  • Hourly: one box of wipes (80) count for each child every other month
  • Plan 23: one box of wipes (80) for each child per month
  • Plan 35,45, and 60: twp boxes of wipes (80) for  each child per month *
  • All marked items must be taken home on Friday and returned on Monday

What Should Be Left at Home

  • Unlabeled items
  • Chokeable items:
    • Raisins
    • Grapes
    • Popcorn
    • Uncut hot dogs
    • Balloons
    • Marshmallows
    • Nuts
    • Seeds
    • Dried fruit
    • Gum
    • Cough drops
    • Uncut meat

Explanations and Examples of Developmental Skills:

  1. Fine Motor - Using fingers to explore and manipulate
  2. Gross Motor - Moving body parts to become mobile and explore the environment
  3. Social - Interacting and responding to adults and other children
  4. Self Help - Holding bottles, finger feeding, and drinking from a cup
  5. Cognitive - Actually playing with toys, problem solving, and imitating

Infant/Toddler Rates:

Up to 10 hours per week $6.00 pr hr
10 to 23 hours     $125.00 wk
23+ to 35 hours $145.00 wk
35+ to 45 hours $160.00 wk
45+ to 60 hours $180.00 wk
Up to 10 hours per week $5.50 pr hr
10 to 23 hours $105.00 wk
23+ to 35 hours $145.00 wk
35+ to 45 hours $154.00 wk
45+ to 60 hours $161.00 wk
Up to 10 hours per week $5.25 pr hr
10 to 23 hours $95.00 wk
23+ to 35 hours $135.00 wk
35+ to 45 hours $141.00 wk
45+ to 60 hours $150.00 wk

Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.