The Cradle is a twenty four hour (24 hr) infant and toddler care service company that provides professional care for children with working parents. We nurture and provide quality child care for children between zero and forty eight months of age in a safe and conducive environment.
We are committed to being the next best alternative to actual parental care in East Africa.
The Cradle strives to meet the infant’s/toddlers physical, cognitive and psychosocial needs by embracing a philosophical model of a needs-based program.
Provide quality child care by promoting a co-parenting relationship that is cooperative, informative, and respectful allowing parents to work knowing their children are in safe hands.
Develop a positive self image in each child by providing an environment that encourages independence, decision making, and problem solving
Assist each child gain better control and understanding of his/her body through interaction with the environment, materials, and equipment
Encourage each child in his/her developmental growth by providing a healthy, safe and secure environment that encourages learning through action, inquiry and exploration
The Cradle well-planned and stimulating environment is the venue for learning and developmental opportunities. Structural elements such as ceilings, walls and lights are pleasantly coordinated to provide an environment that is a mix of home and play centre. The Cradle environment is: safe, healthy, pleasant, comfortable, convenient, child- sized and designed to be flexible to encourage movement and facilitate choice.
The indoor activity areas for infants are separated from toddlers. The areas for play, diapering, feeding and napping are set up to maximize contact between the caregiver and the infant. These areas allow the interaction to be unhurried and quiet. Since mobile infants need sufficient uninterrupted space for exploration and discovery, areas (especially play areas) for non-mobile infants are separate from those for mobile infants.
A broad range of equipment is available to allow for different types of play such as constructive, gross motor, heuristic, dramatic and social play. Play equipment is provided from some of these categories: Art supplies, Books, Fine motor or manipulative toys, Gross motor or large muscle equipment, Musical instruments and equipment.The size of objects and toys are an important consideration as younger infants tend to put things into their mouth. Toys and play equipment shall be age-appropriate, washable, non-breakable, safe and non-toxic. Infants/toddlers are supervised at all times (includes supervision by sight or ear) and shall not be left unattended while diapering, playing, bathing, toileting or napping.
The Cradle provides five(5) meals including breakfast, lunch, health snacks and dinner for the infants and toddlers in a meal plan designed to provide them with all the nutritional value of a well balanced diet. The meal plan is customized for infants and toddlers and parents are allowed to carry food for their child if the menu doesn’t meet their need or if the child has a personalized meal plan. Child-sized chairs and tables are provided for older infants. High chairs have footrests and side and back supports with a facility for latching the food tray firmly.
Feeding equipment and all surfaces used for food preparation (e.g. utensils and bottles) are sterilized after each use. Liquid soap is used and hands are washed under running water.
A crib/cot with mattress and mattress cover for each infant and toddler for each infant shall be provided during nap and sleep time. Cribs/cots are of sturdy construction with closely-spaced bars, each occupied by only one infant and covered with vinyl or similar moisture-resistant material.Each infant/toddler bedding is used for him/her only. Such bedding shall be provided by the parent and replaced when wet or soiled. Sleeping infants are placed on their backs rather than on their fronts to ensure that their breathing is not interfered.
A sink with running water is provided near the diaper change area and sufficient potty chairs are provided for the infants / toddlers. Diapering tables: have padded surfaces and covered with washable vinyl or plastic, have raised sides at least three inches high, are maintained in good repair and safe condition and are kept separate from the kitchen/food preparation areas.We strive to ensure the hygienic condition of the environment to minimize the risk of bacterial, viral and fungal diseases.
A serene mothering room is provided for lactating mothers to express milk for their infants. A freezer is also provided to allow for proper storage of the milk. A mother is allowed to visit the centre as and when required.
CCTV surveillance of both the indoor and outdoor spaces of The Cradle is provided 24 hours a day.
Little Steps has a daily schedule organized around each infant’s/toddler’s routines in the first two weeks while incorporating the more permanent schedule designed to accommodate infants’/toddlers’ changing needs and at the same time provide some stability and order to the day.Parents are requested to stick to the schedule over the weekend and on days that the child is not at the centre so as to maintain their daily schedule as at the centre
Our permanent staff comprises of a CEO, Operations Manager, Chief Care Officer, Administration and Finance, Head Carers, Child Carers, Chef, Cleaner and guards while our temporary staff includes a doctor, temporary nannies and volunteers. Specialized training is a pre-requisite for staff working with infants/toddlers. The knowledge and understanding of infant/toddler growth patterns and developmental needs are critical in providing appropriate care and experiences. Infants/toddlers are largely dependent on adults for their needs.