An Innovative Foundation
Marathon Children and Family Centre provides quality care for infants between the ages of 0 – 18 months. Our Infant Program strives to bring infants, parents and educators together through a progressive method which is referred to as ‘inserimento’ – an Italian term that translates to ‘new beginning’ and ‘transition’.
Creating a welcoming and trusting foundation allows each infant a smooth transition into our centre. Communication is key in ensuring that educators form a confident and mutual relationship with parents and their infants. Staff and parents will engage in daily conversations regarding their infant’s nutritional consumption, nap routine, toileting information, adventures as well as discoveries and first experiences.
|7:30am to 9:15am||Arrival/communicating with parents/ exploring quiet activities within our environment||Staff are greeting the children and families, signing the children in and touching base with parents. The children are exploring their indoor environment.|
|9:15am to 9:45am||Snack time/diaper routine||The children’s hands are washed, and they gather at the tables for snack time. After snack time, the children get washed up and diapers are changed as needed.|
|9:45am to 11:15am||Exploring our indoor/outdoor environments/expansion on topic of interests/skill building/smaller group activities||We continue to follow the lead of the children and expand on any topics of interest that are taking place as they explore, discover, imagine, create, etc. Our environment is set up as a third teacher to provoke further thoughts, and observations are being taken down. Some children also nap during this time.|
|11:15am to 12:00pm||Lunch time/diaper routine/ rest time||The children’s hands are washed and they gather at the tables for lunch time. Following, the children get washed up and diapers are changed as needed. After this the children have rest time.|
|12:00pm to 2:00pm||Rest time/diaper routine||During this time, the children will be resting and slowly waking up. Quiet activities such as puzzles and books are set up for those children not napping. Diapers are checked as children awake and changed as needed.|
|2:00pm to 3:30pm||Exploring our indoor/outdoor environments/expansion on topic of interests/skill building/smaller group activities||Some children may still be resting and slowly waking. We continue to follow the lead of the children and expand on any topics of interest that are taking place as they explore, discover, imagine, create.|
|3:30pm to 4:00pm||Snack time/diaper routine||The children’s hands are washed and they gather at the tables for snack time. After snack time, the children get washed up and diapers are changed as needed.|
|4:00pm to 5:30pm||End of day/outside time/parent pick up||The children may go outside or stay inside. Children are picked up and signed out. Staff are talking to families about the children’s day.|
This schedule is flexible and or seasonally adjusted based on weather and children’s interests. Children are provided with gross motor activities if weather does not permit.