At Polka Dot Academy we promote a shared understanding of children as competent, capable and rich in potential. We set out broad goals for children and expectations for programs organized around the four foundations of belonging, well-being, engagement and expression, also describes pedagogical approaches to guide educators and administrators in considering how best to support children’s learning and development. Our unique full-day program offers a caring and stimulating environment designed to meet the individual needs of each child. Personalized schedules, feeding times and daily charting help each child to develop at their own pace. Time is spent both indoors and outside and children are encouraged to explore their world in a safe and loving environment. Daily activities, crafts, songs, games and age appropriate educational toys all combine to provide the perfect atmosphere for growing minds and bodies. The teacher/child ratio in our infant rooms is 1:3, our infant teachers truly take time to learn the children’s development and create programs for them each week. With this age group, we do allow the parents to visit the center with their child during a transition period. This period consists of two days: The first day the parents visit with their child for one and a half hours & on the second day the child visits alone for one and a half hours. This time allows the teachers to observe the interactions between child and parent as well as helping the parent in getting to know the teachers. We want our parents to feel as comfortable as possible with our program and begin to develop a trusting relationship with us before they leave their little wee ones in our care.