You are entrusting your most precious possession to our care, education, and guidance. We do our very best to prove worthy of that trust at our day care. We are delighted to create a happy, healthy, nurturing and loving environment for your child. Every aspect of our infant room is designed to enhance and develop the natural learning ability of your precious little one. Our infant learning program is individually designed to challenge your infant. All children are placed according to age and ability. They even get promotions!
At Mary Sears Children’s Academy, we meet the total needs of your infant on an individual basis. We provide daily progress reports to keep the lines of communication open and provide each parent with an update of your infant’s daily accomplishments and routine.
“Only once a little child.” – Dr. Mary Sears
Learning: In our learning programs, infants are introduced to the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors; these four areas of learning are presented daily to increase your infant’s knowledge, create awareness, and stimulate cognitively to help each infant learn, grow, and change according to one’s own ability. All learning materials in the room are disinfected twice daily for sanitary purposes.
Books: Our infants are read to daily and they love the visual stimulation. We present stories by puppetry, big pictures, and other media that stimulate your infant’s interest. Readers are leaders, and pre-reading skills can begin now! From the very beginning you can instill in your infant a love for learning.
Exercise: Exercising stimulates body & core muscles. It strengthens bones, creates energy, and promotes mental awareness. Cognitively it creates a desire to learn and an excitement and energy to communicate.
Mirrors: We work with each infant in front of our mirrors; they love to view themselves, laugh, and smile. Mats are used for infants from 6 weeks to 3 months or when they start to roll over, creep, etc. Floors are heated, so your baby can creep, crawl, roll and have fun in a safe, clean, and sanitary environment.
Music: Children love music and our program is very music-oriented. We are always joyously singing, laughing and playing musical instruments. Infants love the sound of the musical instruments (bells, tambourines, piano, xylophone, drums, etc.). We even have our very own Mary Sears Band!
Nutrition: Nutrition is key in an infant’s growth. We want to build strong bodies, minds, and stimulate mental awareness. All meals are home-cooked, nutritious and delicious at our day care/academy.
Feedings: Infants are fed every three hours, unless your child is on a special formula or needs to be fed more or less frequently. At 7 months we introduce whole nutritional pureed foods prepared fresh daily by our dietician.
Cribs: Each infant has their own crib, labeled with their name, three sets of sheets, and their own blanket. Each infant has their own basket of materials under their crib including books, musical instruments, interlocking items, rattles, etc. These are not shared with any other infant.
The Infant Care program is available at all locations: Chicago, Joliet, Lockport, Manhattan, Manteno, New Lenox and Orland Park