Infant / Toddler

Saint Andrew’s infant and toddler staff pledge to:

  • Welcome you and your child with respect and understanding
  • Create a warm and nurturing environment that helps to instill a basic sense of trust in your child
  • Foster an environment that promotes cognitive, language and social emotional development
  • Share with you the excitement of your child’s development
  • Value the relationship we share with you, your child and your family

When you need child care for your infant or toddler, you want to know that their needs will be met in a loving, caring and safe way. At Saint Andrew’s Children’s Center, we do just that

Infant Program Information (6 weeks to 18 months)


When you need child care for your infant or toddler, you want to know that their needs will be met in a loving, caring and safe way. At Saint Andrew’s Children’s Center, we do just that.

Saint Andrew’s staff is responsive to the special needs of babies. Our caregivers are specially trained to create an individualized environment that is warm and nurturing, They realize that the quality of care a child receives during the first years of life has a direct impact on the development of emotional and cognitive skills that last a lifetime. Developmentally appropriate interactions encourage a natural unfolding of your babies skills.

Our caregivers also recognize just how important the maternal-infant bonding and attachment process is. Mothers are welcome to visit with their baby as often as desired. We want to assure all mothers and fathers that their baby is well cared for throughout the day.

The Infant program provides care for children from 6 weeks to 18 months of age. Children between 6 weeks to 12 months are provided individualized care with a primary caregiver. Parents work with their child’s primary caregiver to develop a daily schedule that best fits their child’s needs. The assigned primary caregiver provides the majority of the child’s daily care.

The caregivers focus on respect for each child making sure that the infant is involved in his or her own care. Nurturing and stable relationships create a sense of basic trust between your child and our staff. Babies are on their own feeding, sleeping and activity schedules stemming from their own individual needs, temperaments and at home routine.

At about 12 months of age, the child moves towards a group care schedule. The child’s sleeping and feeding routines begin to develop with similarities to other children of the same age. Group schedules begin to develop with several children eating together and napping at the same time.

All parents in the infant program are provided daily written reports that reflect the child’s day. Specific information is given on diapering, eating, and how the child’s day went. Parents are encouraged to talk with their child’s caregivers at the beginning and the end of each day.

Toddler Program Information (18 months to 3 years)


Our Toddler Program provides care to children between the ages of 18 to 30 months. However, most children move to the 2 year old classroom when they reach 24 months. The timing of the move depends on space availability and parental desire.
The toddler’s individual needs are respected, though they will be easing into group activities. We always meet, and typically exceed the state regulated primary care ratio of 1 caregiver to 6 toddlers. The primary caregiver for each child is responsible for filling out a daily report concerning the child’s day and communicating that with you.
Our teachers use a modified High/Scope curriculum that is developmentally age-appropriate. Our goal is for each toddler to be in an atmosphere where they feel safe and secure so that they can develop independence and social competence. Toddlers are encouraged to safely explore and develop their sense of curiosity. Sensory and motor skills are developed through age-appropriate toys in a stimulating environment.
Toilet training usually takes place between 2 to 3 years of age for each child. When a child seems to be ready for this experience, the teachers and parents work together as a team to begin the process with the child.

Infant / Toddler Staff

  • Are specifically trained to work as a primary caregivers for babies birth to two years
  • Deliver individualized care to either 4 children (per infant classroom) or 6 children (per toddler classroom)
  • Are supportive of breastfeeding mothers
  • Are certified in CPR, First Aid and Disaster Preparedness
  • Are trained in baby sign-language
  • Are fully qualified teachers according to Title 22, most having B.A.’s or A.A.’s
  • Are PITC (Program for Infant Toddler Care) trained by WestEd
  • Are trained in universal precautions, sanitizing of classrooms and medication administration.
  • Undergo a minimum of two days of specialized training each year
  • Have management staff working alongside them in the classrooms
  • Include music educators who provide weekly music sessions for all Infant/Toddler children
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