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Infant & Toddler Program

Infant Daycare (6+ Weeks)

Nurturing and Responsive Infant Care

Highly responsive care early in life is critical to your child’s success in school, relationships and in life. Sycamore Tree Child Care Center provides a safe daycare environment where your baby will not only be loved and cared for—but where our teachers will work to stimulate your baby’s cognitive, emotional and physical development through movement, exploration and one-on-one nurturing.

A look at a Typical Day

The infant classroom is equipped with areas designed to stimulate your baby’s learning. In addition to providing standard care and play time, throughout the day, your infant’s teacher will engage your child through:

  • Movement: Infants use their senses and bodies to learn about the world. Our Movement Area allows your baby to move and participate in teacher-guided physical development exercises. In this area you might see soft climbers, mats, balls, push and pull toys, instruments, bean bags and baskets.
  • Exploration: Manipulating objects and interacting with different materials helps babies learn early math and science concepts like size, shape and texture, and practice key skills like hand-eye coordination. In the area, your baby will play with soft blocks, big cars and trucks, knobbed puzzles, nesting cups and more.
  • Relaxation: This is a safe place where your infant can feel rested and refreshed. In this space, infants and teachers quietly read books about people, animals and familiar objects and snuggle together with pillows, soft toys and other cuddly objects.

Our infant daycare program also abides by Wisconsin-mandated teacher-to-child ratios. And, you will receive a log of your child’s feeding, sleeping, diapering and learning activities every day, so you can be confident your baby will experience a nurturing and calming environment, focused on developing positive and trusting relationships.

 We are a breast feeding friendly school.

More and more mothers today choose to give their infants the healthiest start to life possible by breastfeeding. Thanks for abundant research, all major health organizations promote breastfeeding as the perfect for of infant nutrition, and call on local communities to provide the support new mothers need to be successful. The breastfeeding rates in Wisconsin are increasing, and new mothers are seeking out childcare options that support their efforts. Learn more. 

 

Toddler Daycare (12+ Months)

Learning Through Exploration

Walking changes everything. Your toddler wants to go everywhere and do everything. At Sycamore Tree Childcare, our teachers take great care to create a space geared for exploration, excitement and exercise. Our hands-on child care programs cover as much ground as possible to help shape your toddler’s brain, personality, behavior and health.

Developing Your Toddler’s Interests through Activities

We know children learn best by having a variety of choices in a safe and organized environment. That’s why the toddler classroom is designed around activity-based learning centers to encourage:

  • Active & Gross Motor Play: Rocking and riding toys and large climbing structures.
  • Fine Motor Play: Action/reaction toys, puzzles and stacking toys.
  • Imagination & Quiet Play: Items to stimulate imagination like dolls and accessories, kitchen sets and play food.
  • Language Development, Music & Movement: CD players, children’s books, musical instruments and puppets.
  • Creative Arts & Exploration: Art materials, sand and water table, and sensory materials.

A look at a Typical Day

ourteachers2The toddler program at Sycamore Tree Child Care is designed around shared learning experiences that stimulate and challenge your child each and every day. The structure of a typical day in the life of your toddler might include:

  • Group activities like singing songs, dancing or exploring books.
  • Teacher-initiated activities like making music or art.
  • A snuggly story time.
  • Lunch and naptimes to nourish and rest your child’s growing mind and body.
  • Outdoor play at least twice daily to burn off energy and develop motor skills.

What to bring from home?

Children should come dressed and ready for action. We recommend washable, comfortable clothing. No open-toed shoes for walking children as they tend to trip up children when running. A change of clothing in a ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name that include; socks, shirt, pants and underwear. Please change seasonally or as your child outgrows the clothing.

Booths, coats, hats, snow pants and mittens are needed to protect from the cold and from mud. All children, including infants, are required to be taken outdoors each day except during inclement weather or for health reasons such an ozone alert day.

In addition to a change of clothing, infants will need the following.

  • Disposable diapers and wipes
  • Shoes
  • Labeled pacifiers (if needed)
  • Labeled bottles (under 1 only)
  • Small comfort item from home for sleeping (e.g., blanket, teddy)
  • Any medication and completed medical form
  • Labeled ointment
  • Sleeping bag (1 year old room and older)

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Two-Year-Old Daycare

Creating a Love of Learning

Two-year-olds are filled with energy and curiosity about the world and are developing a sense of increasing independence—making the twos terrific, not terrible!

At Sycamore Tree Child Care Center, the child care curriculum focuses on our Whole Child Education philosophy, which is designed to support and reinforce the independence your two-year-old exhibits by providing fun and challenging activities.

Engaging Your Two-Year-Old’s Natural Curiosity

Our teachers help your child meet the key milestones of this important developmental stage in a daycare environment that provides what they need most—safety, freedom within boundaries, individual attention, enrichment and praise. Each classroom is designed with distinct learning areas where your child will participate in a range of stimulating experiences.

What’s in a Learning Area?

  • Blocks: Your child will develop emotionally, socially, cognitively and physically by using a variety of building materials to turn imagination into real-life creation.
  • Dramatic Play: This interest center helps your child make sense of their world as they use their imagination and problem-solving abilities.
  • Games & Puzzles: Your two-year-old will learn math and science concepts and develop fine motor skills by stacking, sorting, counting, putting together (and taking apart!) various objects.
  • Creative Arts: Through painting, sculpture or drawing, your child will learn eye-hand coordination, small muscle control and problem solving.
  • Water & Sand: Sensory experiences will provide your child with emotional outlets as well as a beginning knowledge of math and science concepts.
  • Book & Storytelling: Exploring books and stories promotes a life-long love of literature and language.

A look at a Typical Day for a 2 year old

Our curriculum offers 26 themed units to keep your two-year-old engaged in a progression of learning. The child care program at Sycamore Tree Child Care also supports the toilet training process and helps create a plan that is consistent, positive and manageable—at home and school. In addition to standard care and play time, the typical daily structure for your two-year-old might include:

  • Two large group times engaging children in story, song and discussion about theme-related topics.
  • Discovery time offering both teacher- and self-directed opportunities to explore the Learning Centers.
  • A snuggly story time.
  • Lunch and naptimes to nourish and rest your child’s growing mind and body.
  • Outdoor play at least twice daily to burn off energy and develop motor skills.

What to bring from home?

Children should come dressed and ready for action. We recommend washable, comfortable clothing. No open-toed shoes for toddlers as they tend to trip up children when running. A change of clothing in a ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name that include; socks, shirt, pants and underwear. Please change seasonally or as your child outgrows the clothing.

Booths, coats, hats, snow pants and mittens are needed to protect from the cold and from mud. All children are required to be taken outdoors each day except during inclement weather or for health reasons such an ozone alert day.

In addition to a change of clothing, toddlers will need the following.

  • Disposable diapers and wipes
  • Shoes
  • Small comfort item from home for sleeping (e.g., blanket, teddy)
  • Any medication and completed medical form
  • Labeled ointment
  • Training pants and/or Pull-ups (during toilet training only)
  • Sleeping bag


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To schedule a visit, please contact us via phone at (262) 673-0161. If you want to see our school right now, here’s a virtual tour. Questions can be submitted via email or via this form on our contact page.

To learn more about enrollment and tuition, please visit our Enrollment section and read our frequently asked questions.