Infants and Toddlers
Tick Tock is a place where children can grow freely and express their uniqueness and where we all can learn from one another. Parents can feel comfortable that our center is administered with best practice techniques that will guarantee developmentally appropriate practice for every child who participates in our program.
Our program uses a creative play based curriculum where children participate in projects and activities that maximize their learning through effective use of time, materials used for play, self-initiated learning, and creative expression as well as offers opportunities for children to learn individually and in groups according to their developmental needs and interests.
Each week the curriculum follows a theme with daily activities that support the theme. A monthly calendar and newsletter are sent to all our registered members so you'll always know what your child will be doing at Tick Tock.
Infant and Toddler Information
Ages Accepted: Infants are 6 weeks to 14 months, toddlers are 15 to 23 months.
Registration: In order to register your infant or toddler all required paperwork must be completed, including the state medical and lead forms signed by your doctor. There is a $50 annual registration fee per family. If you have older children that are currently registered at Tick Tock there will be no additional fee to add an infant or toddler.
Medical Forms: Medical forms are valid for one year from the date on the form. However, since infants and toddlers receive frequent check ups and immunizations, we require a note from the doctor stating what shots they’ve had and the date received each time additional shots are given. Should your child develop any other type of condition we need to be aware of, such as an allergy, we also require a note from your doctor describing the condition and any treatment or limitations (if necessary).
Infant and Toddler Reservations: Infants and toddler require a much closer staffing ratio than older children (1:4 for infants, 1:5 for toddlers). In order to make sure we are properly staffed, we require reservations for infants and toddlers to be made the day before. If something comes up and you have a need to bring a child in on short notice, please call us to make sure we have space. Infants and toddlers that drop-in without prior notice will be charged an additional $5.00 per occurrence. Also, please let us know if you need to cancel a reservation. There is a $15.00 charge if you do not inform us of a cancellation.
Arrival and Information Sheets: In order to make your infant or toddler’s stay a great experience, communication with the teacher is essential. Please give yourself enough time at drop-off to discuss any specifics regarding your child’s day that will help the teacher provide the best care possible. Daily information sheets are kept at the entrance to the infant/toddler area. Parents are expected to complete the top portion of the sheet at drop-off. We will complete the appropriate information during your child’s stay and fill you in how their day went when you pick them up.
Eating: If your child is on formula or breast milk, please bring prepared bottles clearly marked with your child’s name. They will be refrigerated and used as necessary. Please note that we cannot reuse bottles. If your child will be here for a number of hours, please bring enough bottles to last the duration of their stay. If your child is eating baby food, please bring the food clearly marked with your child’s name.
Tick Tock will provide snack twice a day (9:45 and 3:00). Lunch is an additional cost and is served at 11:45. Snacks and lunches provided by Tick Tock are only appropriate for children eating solid food.
Sleeping: Our scheduled nap time is from 1:00 – 3:00. Infants requiring additional sleep time will be allowed to nap per their schedule as discussed with the parent at drop-off. If your child prefers a pacifier, special blanket or toy for nap time, please be sure to bring it and inform the teacher at drop-off.
Diapering: Parents are responsible for providing all diapers and wipes in a bag clearly marked with your child’s name. Please be sure to bring enough to last the duration of your child’s stay. There is a charge for diapers and wipes provided by Tick Tock. Diapers are changed every two hours or as needed. We assume that children being dropped off have been changed within a reasonable amount of time. If your child is need of a change at drop-off, please inform the teacher.
Schedule: Following is the schedule for our infant/toddler program. Infants will take part in the activities on an age appropriate level and will be given flexibility to accommodate their own feeding and sleeping schedules.
7:30 – 9:45 Free Play
9:45 – 10:00 Snack
10:00 – 10:30 Art/Small Motor
10:30 – 11:00 Story time/Music
11:00 – 11:30 Outside Play/Large Motor
11:30 – 11:45 Clean Up
11:45 – 12:15 Lunch
12:15 – 1:00 Quiet Activities
1:00 – 3:00 Nap Time
3:00 – 3:30 Gym/Large Motor
3:30 – 4:00 Snack
4:00 – 5:00 Free Play
5:00 – 5:15 Clean Up
5:15 – 6:00 Table Toys