BET SHALOM YELADIM PRESCHOOL
INFANT GUIDEBOOK
Bet Shalom Congregation
13613 Orchard Road
Minnetonka, Minnesota 55305
(952) 933-8525
Revised 7/19/18
Welcome to Bet Shalom Yeladim!
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Program Overview 3
The Daily Schedule 3
Dropping Off & Picking Up 4
Visitors to the Infant Room 4
Daily Communication 5
Feeding and Supplies 5
Diapering and Supplies 8
Napping Policy 8
Medications 9
Illness 10
Clothing and Supplies 12
Preparing for Group Care 12
Infant Curriculum 12
Infant Communication 14
Publicity 14
Permission for Research 14
Pets 14
Infant Room Supplies 15
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Welcome to the Infant Program at Bet Shalom!
We are honored that you have expressed interest in our program! The infant years give way to some of
the most remarkable moments in a child’s life and we are humbled that you are considering us to be a
part of your family’s journey. Our Infant Room staff is committed to providing a safe, stimulating and
developmentally appropriate environment where your child can learn and grow. We are extremely
conscientious of how important daily communication between you and the Infant Room staff is. We will
work as a team to provide the best care possible for your child.
Bet Shalom Yeladim’s Infant Program Overview
The children enrolled in this program are from six weeks to sixteen months old and we can
accommodate up to eight infants at a time. Our infant room will be equipped with two teachers and one
aide or assistant teacher when needed which will keep us well within the 1:4 (teacher to infant) ratio
required by MN state licensing. Our staff follows stringent state safety guidelines. You can be assured
that your child will grow and develop in a safe, secure and positive environment.
Bet Shalom Yeladim’s Director, Amber Brumbaugh, can always be reached via the following ways:
Email: abrumbaugh@betshalom.org
Phone: 952.426.6652
Department of Human Services Contact Information
If you have any concerns regarding the licensing of our program please contact:
The Department of Human Services
Division of Licensing
615.296.3971
The Daily Schedule
Infants and young toddlers find consistent routines comforting. It is for this reason that we require all of
our infants to be enrolled full time and encourage five days a week. This will allow your child to not only
feel comfortable in our space but to also allow our teachers to get to know your child and understand
their
daily schedule and needs.
Breakfast is from 7:30am to 9:00am, lunch from 11:30am to 1:30pm and an afternoon snack from
3:30pm-4:00pm. Parents provide all meals for their child. We will always provide whole milk, water and
plain Cheerios. We generated this schedule so that the children can enjoy their meals together. This
provides for a rich learning experience and really develops a sense of community. However, we
understand that not all children fall within these time frames and therefore use this as a fluid schedule.
Many of the older infants nap sometime between 9:00am and 11:00am and between 1:00pm and
3:00pm. Of course, this schedule varies depending on the age and the individual needs of the child.
We will always do our best to accommodate your child and their personal routines.
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Dropping Off and Picking Up
Please try to drop off and pick up your child around the same time each day. This helps your child adjust
to group care and develop a solid comfortable routine. The Bet Shalom Yeladim Infant room is open
from 7:00am-6:00pm Monday through Thursday, and 7:00am to 5:00pm on Fridays.
Pick up by Person Other than Parents
Please let the Infant Room staff know if someone other than yourself will be picking up your child. The
person needs to be listed in your child’s paperwork with a full name, address and telephone number.
Please also know that we will ask for a picture ID upon arrival as Infant Room staff want to make sure
the children are safe at all times.
If someone who is not listed comes to pick up your child and we have no email, voicemail and cannot
reach you, we will refuse to release your child.
Children will not be released to anyone under the age of 16, including siblings.
Late Pick Up
If you pick up your child after 6:00pm (5:00pm on Fridays), you will be charged as follows:
0-5 minutes Grace Period
5-10 minutes $2.00 per minute
10+ minutes $5.00 per minute
Please contact a staff member and let them know you are going to be late. If we have not heard from
you and cannot reach you by 15 minutes after program end time, your emergency contact will be called.
If we cannot communicate with you and your emergency contacts by 45 minutes past program end
hours the Minnetonka Police will be notified.
We understand that life can get it in the way and that conditions beyond one’s control can pop up. If
these conditions arise, you must notify the Infant Room staff and the Director as soon as possible and
make arrangements for your child to be picked up.
Absence
If you will be going on vacation please let the Infant Room staff know the dates your child will be gone
so we can staff the room appropriately. If your child is ill, please call us and let us know. It is very
important to let us know if your child has a contagious illness. Bet Shalom Yeladim is required by law to
post information regarding all communicable diseases to which children have been exposed.
Security
Bet Shalom Yeladim has a key card entry system installed in order to keep everyone safe. Families will
receive key cards to enter building. If your card is lost or you need to replace your key card there is a
$5.00 replacement fee.
Visitors to the Infant Room
We have an open door policy for all parents of currently enrolled children to visit the Infant Room. You
may drop by at any time to see your child!
If you think a family member or friend will be visiting, please let us know who they are, when they will
arrive and please give us written permission that this individual(s) is allowed to visit with your child.
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Approved visitors are welcome to visit the Infant Room at any time. However, visitors are not allowed to
wake sleeping children, enter the nap room or alter the child’s schedule. It is recommended that visitors
call the Infant Room prior to their visit to ensure the timing works out to everyone’s advantage.
Daily Communication
We use Baby Connect (Daily Connect) (http://www.baby-connect.com/) as our means of daily
communication. This program can be utilized through your web browser for free. You can also pay a one
time fee of $4.99 to purchase the app for your Android or iPhone. This software allows us to
electronically track your child’s eating, sleeping and diapering patterns. Additionally it allows us to
provide information about the activities your child is engaging in while at Bet Shalom Yeladim. When
your child enrolls, we create a specific profile for them through Baby Connect and attach it to the email
address you have provided for us. Simply visit their website and create an account with the same email
address and the two accounts will be linked.
Feeding and Supplies
While in the Infant Room, your child will transition from being fed using a bottle to feeding him/herself
finger food. Please let the Infant Room staff know your child’s feeding requirements and nutritional
needs verbally and make sure our feeding board in the kitchen area accurately reflects your child’s
ever-changing needs.
Bottle Feeding
While at Bet Shalom Yeladim your child may be fed using a bottle. You may choose for your baby to be
fed formula or breast milk. However, all bottles must be made of plastic. By labeling all parts of your
child’s bottle (excluding the nipple) we can ensure that no part of your baby’s bottle will be used for
another child.
Breast Milk
If you choose breast milk please express the milk, put it in bottles in a lunch box and bring the
labeled lunchbox to school every day when you drop off your child. All breast milk bottles must
be labeled with the date on which you bring them to the center. The milk will be stored in your
child’s assigned place in our refrigerator. The Infant Room staff encourages breastfeeding.
Please help your child become acclimated to bottles well before they transition to group care.
Not all babies are able to latch onto bottles without assistance. Introducing your baby to a bottle
well in advance of childcare minimizes the stress your child may experience while in our care.
We are not able to accept milk storage bags. All breast milk must be in a plastic ready-to-feed
bottle.
All bottles containing breast milk will be sent home unwashed at the end of each day. Child Care
licensing standards do not allow staff to have direct contact with breast milk.
Formula
If you choose formula you have two options:
1. Send a canister of formula and two to four bottles and nipples which will be kept for
your child on a labeled shelf in the eating space. We will let you know when your
formula supply is getting low.
2. Prepare your child’s bottles for the day at home and send them in a lunch box. Bring the
labeled lunchbox to school each day when you drop off your child and it will be stored in
your child’s assigned place in our refrigerator. If you choose this method, please keep a
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backup supply of formula and spare bottles for us to keep at school. Per licensing
standards all bottles filled at home will be sent home unwashed.
Juice
We are not allowed to serve juice from bottles. This is a preventative measure against baby
bottle tooth decay. Unless your child is extremely constipated and a pediatrician recommends it,
we will serve only water and milk from bottles. Juice will not be served to children under 1 years
of age.
Bottle Warming
Microwaves are not used for directly warming bottles. Infant Staff places all bottles in a cup of warm
water to bring up the temperature of the milk. Babies drinking breast milk will have their own warming
cups to prevent cross contamination.
Solids
In the Infant Room we expect all babies to start on solids around six months of age. We recommend
starting to introduce solids before six months so that your baby will be ready to eat at six months of age.
We do not require that solids are given by our staff but doctors recommend that infants start on solids
at six months in order to keep them sated longer and we strongly support this recommendation.
PLEASE TRY ALL FOODS AT HOME WITH YOUR BABY FOR AT LEAST THREE DAYS BEFORE ASKING US TO
SERVE THEM IN CASE OF AN ALLERGIC REACTION. YOU WILL DOCUMENT THE FOODS TRIED IN THE
CLASSROOM IN A BINDER.
Cereal
If you choose to feed your child cereal, please bring a box of cereal to leave at school. The box will be
stored on a shelf in our eating space that is labeled with your child’s name.
Baby Food
Please bring containers of fruit and vegetables to leave at school. We will label them with your child’s
name and store them in your child’s labeled spot in the eating area. Unless your child consumes the
entire container of baby food in one sitting, we will serve your child’s baby food out of a bowl rather
than the original container in order to keep the remaining portion fresh.
Finger Food
When it is time for your child to start finger foods (usually between 7 and 9 months of age) please bring
your child’s food in a labeled (first and last name) lunch box each day. It will be stored in our refrigerator
in their labeled spot. Please take home this lunch box each day. Additionally, if you wish to provide
snacks for your child please pack those as well.
When transitioning to finger foods consistency is key. We recommend that the Infant Room teachers
and the parents work as a team to both be providing opportunities for finger foods. Without consistency
it will be hard for your infant to master this skill.
We will always provide unflavored whole milk, water and plain Cheerios. Should you wish us to not serve
anything to your child from our school, please let us know.
As children transition into toddlerhood, we want to do our best to accommodate their changing needs.
Therefore as they progress we will transition them out of a highchair and to a table with their peers. At
this table they will work on feeding themselves while remaining in their seats.
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We ask that you follow these suggested guidelines:
Label your child’s lunch bag or box with his/her first and last name.
Send healthy foods that your child enjoys.
No candy or high sugar snacks, please.
While we are not kosher at Bet Shalom, we do ask that refrain from sending pork or shellfish.
We are a peanut and nut sensitive school.
Please do not send glass beverage holders.
Uneaten lunches will be sent home unless otherwise advised
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We allow children to eat their lunch in the order of choice. If you wish to pack dessert, please
know that your child may select to eat that first. It is a good idea to send fruit.
Please cut foods at home so they ready to eat.
A bag lunch meal must provide one third of the child’s daily nutritional needs as specified by the
USDA. (See below)
Please note the following items are considered the most hazardous choking foods and should be
portioned as indicated.
Hot Dogs – cut lengthwise
Grapes – cut in half and remove all seeds
Carrots – shred or cook them until soft
Apples – cut into small pieces
Nut butters – always serve with a drink
Popcorn – avoid sending in lunch if possible or send a puff corn instead
Breakfast and Lunch Recommendations from USDA
Please remember we are a peanut & nut sensitive school. Also refrain from sending pork and shellfish.
Should you need any help with breakfast or lunch ideas, please speak with the Director as there are
numerous options.
Birth through 5 months
6 through 11 months
4-6 fl oz breastmilk or formula
6-8 fl oz breastmilk or formula and
0-4 tbls
Infant cereal
Meat,
Fish
Poultry
Whole egg,
Cooked dry beans, or
Cooked dry peas; or
0-2 oz of cheese; or
0-4 oz (volume) of cottage cheese; or
0-4 oz or 1/2 cup of yogurt; or a
combination of the above and
0-2 tbsp vegetable or fruit or a combination
of both
*For some breastfed infants who regularly consume less than the minimum amount of
breastmilk per feeding, a serving of less than the minimum amount of breastmilk may be
offered, with additional breastmilk offered at a later time if the infant will consume more
*Infant formula and dry infant cereal must be iron-fortified
*Yogurt must contain no more than 23 grams of total sugars per 6 ounces
*A serving of vegetables or fruit is required when the infant is developmentally ready to accept
it
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Snack Recommendations from USDA
Please remember we are a peanut & nut sensitive school. Also refrain from sending pork and shellfish.
When infant is developmentally ready.
Birth through 5 months
6 through 11 months
4-6 fl oz breastmilk or formula
2-4 fl oz breastmilk or formula and
0-½ bread slice; or
0-2 crackers; or
0-4 tbsp infant cereal or ready-to-eat cereal
and
0-2 tbsp vegetable or fruit or a combination
of both
*For some breastfed infants who regularly consume less than the minimum amount of
breastmilk per feeding, a serving of less than the minimum amount of breastmilk may be
offered, with additional breastmilk offered at a later time if the infant will consume more
*Infant formula and dry infant cereal must be iron-fortified
*A serving of vegetables or fruit is required when the infant is developmentally ready to accept
it
Diapering and Supplies
Disposable diapers are required in the Infant Room. We aim to change your child once we know they
have soiled their diaper. As a rule, children are checked and changed every two hours. If your child is
sleeping or away from the room (at Shabbat services, on a walk, etc.) they will be changed upon waking
and/or returning to the room.
Disposable Diapers
Please bring a pack of the appropriate size diapers for your child. When your child needs more diapers,
the Infant Room staff will indicate this on their Baby Connect account and/or on a note on your child’s
cubby.. If you change your child’s diaper while in the Infant Room, please follow the state licensing
procedures for proper sanitation. Also, the staff would be happy to change your child’s diaper for you!
Diaper Wipes
Please bring a package of wipes that can stay at school with your child. We will let you know when your
diapers and wipes are running low.
Ointment
Please bring a tube or container of diaper rash ointment to be kept in the Infant Room. Please make
sure it is labeled with your child’s first and last name. Due to licensing rules, we are not allowed to use
baby powder on infants.
Napping Policy
Nap Policy for Infants
Infants in Bet Shalom Yeladim’s infant program will rest in our napping room. The napping room is
separate from the eating and playing space and will be kept warm, dark, quiet and features a soothing
sound machine. The cribs will be placed so that clear aisles are present. Access to at least one side of the
crib will be available at all times. Every infant will have their own crib to be used only by them. The crib
will be labeled with their first and last name. The cribs will always be placed directly on the floor.
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Typically infants take two naps per day, one during the morning hours and one during the afternoon
hours. Each infant will be required to rest their bodies in their crib for at least 30 minutes per day per
MN licensing rule 9503.0050. A child who has completed a nap or rested quietly for 30 minutes will not
be required to remain in their crib.
Each infant will be provided with at least two tightly fitted sheets for their crib. These sheets will be
washed once a week and immediately if they become soiled or wet. We ask that parents provide a sleep
sack for their infant as blankets and other loose items are not permitted inside the crib. Loose items
inside the crib are a choking hazard. We will never place anything other than the infant and a pacifier in
the crib with the infant as defined in Code of Federal Regulations, title 16, part 1511.
Each infant will be placed in their crib on a firm mattress with a fitted sheet that is the appropriate size
for the mattress. It fits tightly on the mattress and overlaps the underside of the mattress so it cannot be
dislodged by pulling on the corner of the sheet with reasonable effort.
All cribs are constructed of safe and sturdy materials and conform to the Code of Federal Regulations,
title 16, part 1219 for full sized baby cribs, or part 1220 for non-full sized baby cribs. Monthly crib checks
are performed and documented to ensure crib safety and that they continue to meet Federal
Regulations and all regulations outlined in Minnesota Statutes Section 245A.146.
Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 245A.1435 all staff members place infants in their cribs on their
backs. Should you require an alternative sleeping position for your child, written and signed
documentation must be provided directing an alternative sleeping position for your infant. The
physician’s directive must be on a form approved by the commissioner and will remain on file in the
director’s office. An infant who independently rolls onto their stomach after being placed to sleep on
their back may be allowed to remain sleeping on their stomach if the infant is at least six months of age
or we have received a signed statement from the infant’s parent(s) indicating that the infant regularly
rolls over at home.
If an infant falls asleep before being placed in their crib, the infant must be moved to their crib as soon
as practicable and must be kept within sight and sound until they are placed in their crib. If an infant falls
asleep while being held, we must consider the supervision needs of the other infants. In good practice,
whenever an infant falls asleep, they should be placed in their crib as soon as possible. A sleeping infant
may never be placed in a position where the airway may be blocked or with anything covering its face.
Infants at Bet Shalom Yeladim will never be swaddled.
Medication in the Infant Room
If your child needs daily medication it is recommended that you give this to your child before they arrive
at school and when they arrive back home in the evenings. We understand that sometimes medication
needs to be given at school. In order to do so, we must follow very strict guidelines and rules for the
administration of these medicines. This is for the safety and wellbeing of your child.
Should we need to administer medication at school, parents are required to complete a Prescription
Medication Authorization Form or a Non-Prescription Authorization form. This form is valid for only two
weeks from the date of completion. A separate form is required for each medication and each episode
of illness.
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Non-Prescription Medications
Medicine must be in its original container and labeled with the child’s first and last name.
Medications are to be given only to the instructions on the bottle. Twins and siblings cannot
share medications.
Often times over the counter medications do not give dosing instructions for children under two
years of age. Therefore, if the bottle does not have instructions for your child’s age, a physician
or nurse practitioner’s written authorization is needed.
Parents are required to give as many doses at home as possible.
Prescription Medications
Medicine must be in its original container. A legible pharmacy label indicating the child’s name,
date, name of medicine, dosage, instructions for use, doctor’s name, pharmacy name and
number. A label with all of this information constitutes as a doctor’s signature.
Samples must be accompanied by a doctor’s written prescription.
Medications are to be given only to the child indicated on the container. Twins and siblings
cannot share.
Parents are required to give as many doses at home as possible.
Nebulizers
Children who require nebulizer treatments are by law only allowed to have two treatments per day in
the child care setting. Any child who is still wheezing or having respiratory distress after a nebulizer
treatment will be excluded until his/her condition improves.
All medications administered in the Infant Room will be documented on the Medication Authorization
Form. Medication will be returned to parents or thrown away at the end of the two week period for
which the medication is valid.
First Aid & Emergencies
We make every effort to maintain a safe environment for all participants in the Infant Room. All teachers
and assistant teachers are First Aid, CPR, SUID and SBS certified. All of our staff is also trained in all
emergency response actions as well (tornado, fire, evacuation and shelter-in-place).
Emergency contact information forms must be completed and signed when enrolling in the Infant Room.
No child will be allowed to attend the program without a completed and signed emergency contact
form.
If a child has a MINOR INJURY, first aid will be administered and a family member will be informed.
If a child has a MAJOR INJURY, which may need medical attention, the staff will contact a family member
immediately so that the child may receive necessary medical treatment.
When EMERGENCY attention is needed, the staff will call 911 then immediately contact a family
member. After the emergency services have been called it is up to EMS personnel to decide on
appropriate action. If the child needs emergency treatment, it will be at the nearest available facility.
The family will be responsible for all medical charges.
Ill Children
Children should be kept at home if they have any of the following symptoms or illnesses:
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