Nursery - 2024/2025 School Year


Ages: 6 weeks - Approximately 12 months
Days: Monday through Friday Year Round
Hours: 7:00 am - 5:15 pm

Heartland hours are 7:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.  We ask that families arrive by 5:10 to communicate with faculty, gather belongings and exit building by 5:15 p.m.  Please respect that our faculty members have school / family activities / professional meetings / other jobs that they need to attend following their work day at Heartland.  An automatic $15 late fee will be enforced for any family picking up after 5:15.  An additional $1 per minute will be added for any child not picked up by 5:15 p.m.  Late fee is due with the next tuition payment.  This is a penalty fee … NOT a service.
Registration Fee: $100 fee per child ($75 registration fee + $25 deposit to be refunded last week of attendance)

Fee must be re-paid if student withdraws for more than 3 weeks
Cost: $235 per week  (only full time placement available)

Families must enroll full time.  Weekly tuition must be paid regardless of attendance.

Payments are due at the beginning of each week for the current week’s tuition.  Payments must be placed in the drop box no later than the end of day each Tuesday.  Please refer to the “Late Fees” portion of the Parent Handbook.  One week of "vacation/non-attendance" with no payment is allowed for children who attend for 12 consecutive months.  Twelve month calculation begins upon enrollment.
Details: Families must pay for a full week, each week, regardless of attendance.

Two weeks notice (with payment) is required if a family chooses to withdraw.
Supply List:
  • Minimum of 2 sets seasonal clothes
  • Diapers (to be replenished as needed)
  • 3 packages of diaper wipes (to be replentished as needed)
  • Daily bottles (more information under feeding policy)
  • Daily foods (more information under feeding policy)
  • Minimum of 2 pacifiers* (if used)

Ratio: Typically 2 teachers with up to 7 infants.
Upon Arrival Each Day: Sign child in, making needed notes regarding last feeding, medications, fussiness, alternate pick up instructions, etc.
Child must be fed first feeding of the day prior to arrival.
Child must be removed from car seat and handed to teacher, even if sleeping.
Place any new supplies (wipes, diapers, clothing, foods, etc.) in your child's crib.  Teacher will manage from there.
Place your child's labeled / dated bottles in the refrigerator.
Sleep Policy: All infants 12 months and under will be placed on his/her back (supine position) to sleep.  If an alternate sleeping position is needed, a signed physician's authorization statement (with expiration date) of medical reason is required.  Infants under four months that roll will be gently rolled to their backs during sleep.
Infants are placed on a firm mattress with a tight fitted sheet that meets Consumer Product Safety Commission federal standards.  Infants sleep alone in his/her designated crib.
Infant “sleep” room is adjacent to infant “active” room.  The two rooms are open to one another and children can be observed by staff members in either room by sight and sound.  A convex mirror adds additional sight lines.  Ratio is always maintained.
Infant classroom thermostat is set to be comfortable (approximately 70 degrees) for an adult dressed in light clothing, therefore, blankets are not used.   No other items will be placed in cribs.  Infants will not be swaddled.
Infants that fall asleep outside crib will be moved to safe sleep environment.

The following sleep sack guidelines are enforced: no velcro fasteners (zipper or snaps only); infant’s arms are outside the sleep sack; sleep sacks are laundered weekly, or more if soiled.
Feeding Policy: Infant should be fed first feeding of the day prior to arrival at Heartland.
Infants are fed on demand.  Please prepare and send enough bottles to cover a typical length day.  Please also provide Heartland with one “back up” bottle feeding to be kept on-site in case of an emergency.  If breast feeding, this would consist of one labeled bag of breast milk to be frozen.  If formula feeding, this would consist of one serving of powder ready to be mixed as needed.
Bottles should be prepared and provided daily.  They should each be labeled with child’s name.  (i.e., masking tape.)  Bottles should be placed in the classroom refrigerator each morning upon drop off.
If infant does not consume an entire bottle at one feeding, the remaining contents of the bottle will be discarded.
Infants will be held during bottle feedings.  Bottles will not be propped.
When infants are ready for solid foods to be introduced, families will be responsible for providing foods (i.e., infant cereal, beginning fruits / vegetables, later second level foods, snacks / puffs / etc.) up to age one year. Foods should be introduced at home first.
If infant does not consume an entire jar / container of food at one feeding, the remaining contents will be discarded.
Families will need to fill out a Feeding Pattern form for their child.  This form will be kept in the classroom and need to be updated by the family regularly for the staff when feeding changes occur.
  • Cribs are sanitized weekly.   Sheets are laundered weekly or more if soiled.
  • Cribs are individually labeled with child’s name and ability plus manufacturer’s certificate.
  • Use of pacifiers is discouraged after 18 - 24 months.  After that age,it can hinder speech and produce unwanted dental issues.
  • Heartland prohibits the use of pacifier clips, infant ”jewelry” (teething beads; earrings allowed) hoodies, etc.
  • NO smoking is allowed within Heartland Child Development, nor within 100 feet of the premises (additional guidelines noted in the Parent Handbook under Tobacco Free / Nicotine Free heading.
  • Information is shared with families and staff at orientation / tour / enrollment.  Parents sign their child's Enrollment Packet with the acknowledgement that they understand policies and procedures as detailed on the Heartland website (or a printed copy upon request) and agree to support them as written.
  All policies and procedures are available here on the Heartland website or in printed form if requested.