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Child Care Program

Little Lamb Nursery offers upscale child care services designed for children ages 6 weeks to 2.5 years.  Normal operating hours will be 8:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday - with observance of all major legal holidays.  Early drop-off service  and late pick up service will be offered as needed, as well as occasional overnight care.                                                                                          
Little Lamb Nursery exists to provide premier child care services that are aimed at enhancing traditional day care methodologies and integrating extracurricular interests (such as arts and crafts, dance, imaginative play) into one comprehensive program.  Our activity based curriculum is specifically tailored for infants and toddlers. Finally, our developmental programs reinforce basic social, listening, independence and motor skills and prepare toddlers for future related interaction. 

The founder of Little Lamb Nursery will be supported in daily operations by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), the Adults & Children's Alliance, USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and other various professional child care provider organizations, all with extensive experience in child care fields.

Child and Adult Care Food Program

Little Lamb Nursery will be participating in the CACFP program! Health and safety standards, training, and monitoring make CACFP an important component of quality child care, especially in family day care homes. 

Infant Meals Good nutrition is essential to the rapid growth and development that occurs during a baby’s first year. CACFP provides infants with the right foods that will promote good health and give them the opportunity to enjoy new tastes and textures as they establish good eating habits. 


 


Resources:
Feeding Infants - A Guide for Use in the Child Nutrition Programs
List of Iron-fortified Infant Formula
Healthy Meals Resource System - Infant Feeding
Information about WIC 

*http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/care/Infants.htm

It is the goal of Little Lamb Nursery to provide nutritious meals and snacks to all children in our care, as it is a vital part of a child's growth and development. It is a well known fact that children need to eat well-balanced meals to help them build a strong body and mind as well as to give them the energy they need throughout the day.

We know that the good food habits a child develops will help them prevent cavities, iron deficiency anemia, and obesity, etc - all common nutritional problems in young children. It is our hope that both you and your child will be as enthusiastic as we are about our nutrition program

Volunteer opportunities

Opportunities vary, but include, reading to children in our Child Care Program, helping with feeding, supervising playtime, distributing/ feeding food during snack or feedings, cuddling, or presenting a special talent or skill to the children.

A place for your child to grow....

Infants and toddlers alike are sensory motor beings. This means that they explore the world using their developing senses and motor skills. Doing this helps them develop concepts of  the physical world that is around them as they grow. Because of this, Little Lamb Nursery has chosen to use a curriculum that has been developed to provide infants and toddlers with a rich learning environment that will provide maximized exploration for; large and small motor skills, sensory exploration, cognitive experiences, and personal expression.

As it is the first year of life that is the most critical time for development, it is a responsive, language-rich attention that is used at Little Lamb Nursery to help optimize the child's development. Recent studies have demonstrated that both the psychological and neurological development depend on responsive stimulation. At Little Lamb Nursery, the caregivers work with the parents to ensure that responsive caregiving for each child is being provided.

The Little Lamb Nursery programs is comprised of five main components; Personal Care plans, You are special, Parents are Key, Teamwork, and Listen to This. Personal Care plans: This is where the Parents and Caregiver works together to establish a personal care plan for the child. The plan is to be continually updated to ensure that the child care routines are personalized to fit the child and family. You are Special: Each day very young babies and infants spend time each day "heart to heart" with their caregiver. During this time each sound and movement the baby makes is met with a warm response. Either by a touch, a smile, response, or word that signals "You are Special". Parents are Key: Little Lamb Nursery caregivers understand that the parent-child relationship is key and that parents are encouraged to call anytime they would like with any ideas, questions, and or concerns that they may have. Teamwork: Caregivers at Little Lamb Nursery systematically observe and share observations to ensure that each baby's needs, cues, and strengths are being recognized and that they are being understood and that the baby's care is responsive. Listen to This: Infants benefit from the joys of sharing a book in the caring arms of an adult long before they understand the words and pictures of a book. Reading begins with young babies and gains momentum as they mature into children and adults. Infants and toddlers experience the magic and wonders of books on laps, the floor, and as they lay down and are drifting off to sleep.

Toddlers... At Little Lamb Nursery, we use a hands-on exploration and social interaction based collegiate curriculum to help your child learn about the world in an engaging and safe environment. Through the guidance of the caregiver, toddlers learn to succeed in a program that has been designed to meet their individual "ages and stages". To promote the toddler's growing independence, the learning experiences are planned to enhance social skills, and to build confidence that is needed for the child to reach their individual potential and to prepare them for preschool and beyond.

Our colligated curriculum for toddlers promotes the development of age-specific skills by targeting the changing needs of children. Our hands-on toddler program offers age-appropriate learning opportunities that encourage individual skills and independent choices. We present age-appropriate learning that includes language and reading, fine motor skills, sensory exploration, construction, math, science, and outdoor learning. Little Lamb Nursery is enthusiastic about providing activities that help develop motor skills such as by throwing and climbing, and by establishing a relaxed environment to accommodate the individual disposition of the age group while fostering the toddlers self-help and self-confidence skills.

Cleanliness

The caregivers at Little Lamb Nursery take the well-being of you child very seriously, and we work hard to provide and environment that is as healthy as possible. Keeping our home and the children in it as clean as possible is one of our main commitments to you and your child. This will help minimize and/ or prevent the spread of germs. Hand Washing has been proven to be the single most effective practice in preventing the spread of germs. Because of this we wash our hands many times throughout the day, as well as the children's hands before and/ or after engaging in a through list of activities. At the age of 15 months we have the children start to brush their teeth every day after lunch time. We do this to help the child develop a life long habit of oral hygiene.


Our home is kept clean and disinfected at all times. We thoroughly clean surfaces that children come in close contact with using soap and water, or Lysol, etc. The high chairs are cleaned between each use, and the diaper changing tables are cleaned and disinfected between each diaper change. Toys are cleaned and disinfected often, and set aside to be sterilized after they are mouthed by a child.