Early Beginnings

(2 weeks to 15 months of age)

Taking care of growing infants is one of the most important of childcare. Infants grow from helpless newborns that spend most of their time asleep, to toddlers who crawl, then walk, and talk. The changes during the first months are very exciting. Since we have the opportunity to watch and guide these changes, we do our best to give infants as many experiences as possible. By rewarding their efforts, we help them grow and feel more secure.

Parents of Tiny Tigers are asked to provide the following:

~ Two changes of clothes and one pair of socks to be either brought daily or left at the Center in your child’s cubby. (If your child soils any clothing, the Center will bag the item and send it home with you upon picking up your child. We will not rinse any item that is soiled.)

~ Diapers

~ Formula/expressed breast milk/milk/food, if your child does not/cannot eat or drink food/beverages provided by the Center.

      • Expressed breast milk should arrive at the Center in clean, sanitary, ready-to-feed assembled bottles labeled with your child’s full name and bearing the date of collection. Place bottles in a plastic baggie.
      • Expressed breast milk will meet the following requirements after arriving at our Center:

1) Be immediately stored in the refrigerator upon arrival and kept refrigerated until used or discarded.
2) Be used within 24 hours.
3) Be discarded at the end of a feeding or within one hour of beginning a feeding.

    • Formula/milk should arrive at the Center in clean, sanitary, ready-to-feed bottles labeled with your child’s full name, date it was made, and contents. Place bottles in a plastic baggie.

~ Daily Food (cereal, baby food, snacks, etc.) should arrive at the Center in new, unopened containers labeled with your child’s full name. If food is home-made it should arrive at the Center in clean, sanitary containers labeled with your child’s full name, date it was made, and contents. If your child is not fully eating solids, but can partake of some of the Center provided snacks and lunches, please denote which snacks he/she may have by circling the items. Menus will be provided at enrollment, if needed.

~ A/D ointment, Desitin or similar ointments/creams, as a preventative (A permission form must be completed. Please see Medication Administration in the Enrollment Information and complete Medication Permission and Instructions Form.)

~ Sunscreen, if applicable (Please see and complete General Permission Form.)

**Daily items should be brought to the Center in a simple, one-pocket bag. Please no diaper bags.**

The Center provides the following:

~ Crib sheets (Crib sheets are changed weekly at a minimum or more often if soiled.)

~ A sleep sack (A sleep sack is a wearable blanket for infants still sleeping in a crib. It meets the licensing requirement mandated by the state of Michigan which states that no soft objects, bumper pads, stuffed toys, blankets, quilts or comforters, or other objects that could smother a child shall not be placed with or under a resting or sleeping infant.)

~ Sippy Cup

~ Wipes (Wipes are hypoallergenic, alcohol-free, and fragrance free.)

~ Serving utensils and dishes (spoons, bowls, etc.)

~ Bibs and wash clothes

~ Formula/milk/perishable food will meet the following requirements after arriving at our Center:

1) Be refrigerated until use. (Non-perishable foods will be stored appropriately.)
2) Be used within 24 hours.
3) Be discarded at the end of a feeding or within one hour of beginning a feeding.

Things to Remember:

Daily Reports: This form gives important facts about your child’s day. It also lends itself as a way for you and your child’s primary educator to communicate. Our educators use it to give you updates about your child’s developmental progress, specify which items your child needs for the following day, or remind you about upcoming events at the Center. Each habitat is iPad equipped, which allows educators to document and send daily reports via email. When you enroll, you will provide an email address to which your child’s daily report will be sent.

Parent-to-Educator Note: A Parent-to-Educator Note is a simple note that captures the following information that needs to be provided to your child’s educator on a daily basis: your child’s name, time of last diaper change, time of last feeding and amount taken and how the evening/morning has gone since his/her educator has seen your child. Any special notes can also be included in this note. An example Parent-to-Educator Note looks like this:

Samantha P.

Last Feeding: 6:45 am
5 ounces taken from 8 ounce bottle

Last Diaper Change: 7:30 am

Samantha slept very well, but didn’t seem hungry, as usual, this morning. She also has a diaper rash, so please put A&D Ointment on every diaper change.

Paula Phillips

Ways to communicate with your child’s teacher

Email — This is recommended by the Center and is by far the easiest. The convenience of this option allows you to complete this note anytime, anywhere, prior to drop-off, no matter if it’s you or another authorized person dropping off your child.

Email: Because each Habitat is iPad equipped, your child’s lead educator can both send and receive emails. Be on the lookout for a welcome email from the Tiny Tigers’ Habitat.