Infants and Toddlers
Daycare for Infants and Toddlers (3 Months to 2 ½ Years)
The infant and Toddler’s area has a small group size with excellent teacher to child ratio.
The Infants and Toddler’s practices are based on current research and the highly acclaimed, Te Whāriki, our Early Childhood Curriculum
We take time to slow down and enjoy your baby, providing them with an environment that is both calm and peaceful. Full attention: We strive to pay full attention to your baby especially during care giving routines.
We involve your baby in routines by doing things with your baby. This builds a co-operative relationship, where adult and baby work together on the same task. For example, we ask the child if we can wipe their nose, then we wait for them to respond to our request.
Trust and Respect
During the care giving routines (nappy changing, nose wiping, meal times, putting your baby to bed and dressing/undressing) we ensure we slow down and enjoy these times as they are the most important interactions for developing a trusting and respectful relationship with their key teacher.
We believe a child should be given the opportunity to move freely. For this reason, we do not use highchairs, bouncers, or ExerSaucers.
We also try to refrain from putting a baby in a position in which they can’t get into themselves.
Positions such as sitting/propping up tummy time and standing your child. However, if your baby is used to these positions from home life, please feel free to discuss it with us as we will always ensure we meet the needs and wants of our parents/whānau.
We believe uninterrupted play is important. If babies are given a nurturing environment and freedom to explore, they are more than capable of playing and entertaining themselves.
Uninterrupted play allows the baby to achieve milestones without interference.
In the infants and toddlers we have key teachers for each child. Having a key teacher involves having the same teacher doing the ‘routine’ aspects of your child’s day.
This enables consistency and familiarity for your child and a chance for them to build a special bond with a particular teacher. Sometimes teachers are away so your child will also be assigned a secondary key teacher who will also know and understand your child’s routine well.
Each child has their own portfolio at Lilliput. The portfolio will include regular learning stories that document your child’s interests, learning, and development.
You are welcome to take your child’s portfolio home at any time to look through yourself or to show whānau and friends. Lilliput also uses an online portfolio system called Educa.
Through the Educa website you can log on and access and your child’s learning stories and centre newsletters. Educa also provides parents/whanau with an easy option to add their feedback and comments.
We are a peanut, walnut, pecan nut, hazelnut, pistachio nut and macadamia nut free centre.
We encourage you to bring a notebook with you, each day your child attends. Each day we will write how your child’s day has been.
We will include how they have slept, eaten, activities they have enjoyed, and any other appropriate information from the day.
In the sleeping room, we have calm, relaxing music continuously playing in the background. We will follow your child’s individual sleep routine and the children are checked every 10 minutes.
Lilliput provides a sunhat for each child with their name embroidered on the front.
We will apply sun block to the children at 10am and again at 2pm each day. Let us know if your child is allergic to certain brands of sun block.
Language is all about using simple gestures with your hearing child to allow you to communicate long before they have mastered the intricacies of speech.
The main advantage of baby sign is that it allows our babies to communicate with adults which in turn reduces confusion and frustration. One question which is often asked about baby sign is, won’t teaching Baby Sign Language delay my baby’s speech?
However, studies have proven the opposite to be true. You are never using the sign on its own, it is always accompanied by the spoken word.
Signs can actually aid in the acquisition of language as it requires using a physical movement in connection with a word – this helps ‘cement’ the word in the baby’s memory until he/she has mastered all the skills necessary to produce speech.
The basic baby signs we will use will be based around meal times and will include; more, finished, drink, help, eat. If you have any questions please feel free to talk to any of the infants and toddlers teachers.