Childcare is offered for children aged six weeks up to three years. Operating hours are 7:30 am to 5:45 pm Monday through Friday. Care is offered on a pre-scheduled basis only. There is no drop-in care. The maximum capacity for children in our program is 24. We divide these children into 3 groups according to age, as well as their social and physical development. Parents may drop off and pick up their child at any time during during Posies business hours, and are welcome to visit at any time during the day.
Rooms Two teacher in the Infant Room care for six babies each day. These are the youngest children in our center. The teachers are here to support the natural rhythms of each child, while the environment is arranged to allow each of them to develop at his own pace without physical constraints or hindrances. These children move to the wobbler room when they’ve mastered mobility. The Wobbler Room is busy with eight children ready to explore and take on the world! The teachers in this room work with the children on language (both spoken and signed) and social development in a space that is designed for physical gross motor development. Wobblers range in age from 10 to 24 months and move from this room when they are well-coordinated and begin verbal communication with their peers and teachers. The Toddler Room keeps the oldest children busy with the art studio, dramatic play, and the book corner. Toddler room choices include but are not limited to: blocks, manipulatives, sensory experiences, science, music, and gross motor activities. Independent life skills and language development are encouraged and supported in this room.
Our Philosophy The philoshophies and teaching syles of RIE, Reggio Emilia, and Montessori have helped form our unique culture and community, a way of life that is distinctively ours. We foster and support each child’s individuality and focus on the development of the whole child. The space is designed to provide learning opportunities through language development, art experimentation, physical exploration, scientific inquiry and creative thinking. Our hope is that Posies kids will grow into conscious and aware citizens. We want you to view Posies as an extension of your home and family. We view the parent’s role in our community not as one of supporter and observer, but as an active participant in your child’s living, learning, and…well, childhood, during his time here. This is the first step in what will hopefully be a long partnership regarding your life’s most precious work: your child.
Food Parents provide lunch and a morning and afternoon snack for children. We ask that parents refrain from bringing sweet, or overly salted foods that have little nutritional value. Additionally, we ask that wobblers and toddlers have at least one serving of dairy in their lunches each day. Infants up to six months will be held when bottle feeding. A clean, sterilized bottle and nipple are required for each feeding. Plan for what your child typically eats at home, plus an additional bottle, in case there is a need for an extra feeding.
Diapers In accordance with state regulation, diapers are changed at least every two hours. Parents provide diapers, wipes, and ointment for their child. Parents choosing to use cloth diapers should bring an adequate daily supply and a plastic bin for storage, so diapers can be returned at the end of the day for washing. For those children learning how to use the toilet, the providers will follow the routines parents use at home. However, children will not be forced into potty learning. The toilet is offered in the toddler room during diaper changes and chldren can forgo diapers if they have three or more days in a row without an accident.
Illness/Accident/Medicine For the safety of your child and other children in the center, the provider cannot admit, or retain in care, a child who has any of the following symptoms of illness:
fever over 100.5°
yellow color to skin or eyes
skin, eye lesions or rashes that are severe, weeping or pus-filled (pink eye)
stiff neck and/or headache with one or more of the symptoms listed above
wheezing or difficulty breathing
complaints of severe pain
constant runny nose that is green or yellow in color
Scratches and scrapes are inevitable when children play and will be treated with antiseptic and a band-aid. For anything more serious, the parents will be notified at once.
Certification Our Center has been certified through the Child Care Division to provide care for infants and toddlers. We ensure the highest safety standards and comply with all the rules as defined in the Rules for the Certification of Child Care Centers manual. These must be maintained at all times for the center to remain certified.