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Finding the right daycare for your infant is a major decision for parents. Sequoia’s Treehouse Children’s Center in Olympia understands that parents want their children to be safe and lovingly treated. It’s critical to have trust. The infant care offered at Sequoia’s will allow parents to feel confident that their precious child is in good hands.

Infants play side by side with their buddies or roam on their own with teachers always nearby. Sequoia’s Treehouse has care for children starting from six weeks of age. Photo courtesy: Sequoia’s Treehouse Children’s Center

Safe, Soothing Early Childhood Care in Olympia

The center is a secure building, meaning that unless you know the door code, someone needs to let you inside. The Seedlings, children six weeks to a year of age, are situated in a room farthest from the street. All shoes are removed before entering. The natural light is plentiful. It’s a warm, cozy space where your baby gets to explore. These early months in a child’s life are vitally important to their health and development. Tending to their social, emotional and educational needs are foundational to the program.

Children get to move around at will, finding all sorts of stimulating toys to handle. Typically, that’s by crawling. Sequoia’s Treehouse has a monthly theme, and the Seedlings are included. Examples are colors, shapes, seasons and friendship. Related pictures are taped to the floor and there are decorations on the walls. Teachers are talking, interacting and watching the children continually. The Seedling’s room has no TV or computer screens. There is often soothing music in the background.

Sometimes the little ones like to sit in the teachers’ laps, and other times they roam around the carpeted area. There are books to read and blocks and toys to touch. Used toys go into a basket and at the end of the day all the toys are disinfected.

Sequoia’s Treehouse offers care for your precious infant. The teachers are experienced and dedicated. Photo courtesy: Sequoia’s Treehouse Children’s Center

Infant Care With Experienced and Dedicated Teaching Team

Teachers Sandy Malone and Laila Arbob both have years of professional and personal experience with infants and toddlers. The two can care for up to eight infants. “All are at different levels,” says Sandy. “We spend most of the time on the ground. I love babies and toddlers. I like to see the milestones. And I still get a full night’s sleep.”

Sandy started working in the early education field in 1993 and joined Treehouse in 2018. “All of my adult life I have a worked in early childhood care. I took classes in high school, and it just clicked.” She was born and raised in Washington and raised her family of three children here, too. Two are grown and her 16-year-old is still at home. Away from work, Sandy enjoys gardening, DIY projects, reading, baking, antique shopping, spending time with her children and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband accompanied by their dog, Jo.

For more than 10 years, Laila Arbob has been working with infants and toddlers. She likes to take walks, cook, travel and spend time with her family and friends. “I like working with babies,” she says. Her two children are young adults now. “Everyone has their own way,” observes Laila. She assures parents that the little ones have fun and are truly fine with the other Seedlings.

Infants have fun exploring the toys, books and rich environment at Sequoia’s Treehouse. Photo courtesy: Sequoia’s Treehouse Children’s Center

Parents are Well Informed at Sequoia’s Treehouse

“We are good about communicating with the parents,” explains Sandy. Brightwheel is their electronic communication for information and photos. Each child has a paper Day Sheet that that tracks diaper changes, meals, naps and notes about the day. Parents bring in their own formula or breast milk and food. For Seedlings that come every day, a crib will be designated to them. A sound machine is available, as it helps some with settling into sleep.

Sequoia’s Treehouse Children’s Center Offers Classes up to 6 Years of Age

One-year-olds graduate to the Sprouts class. Children can continue at Sequoia’s Treehouse through kindergarten. The learning center is based on the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy, which is student-centered and has a focus on experiential learning. There is plenty of time outside. Children learn about themselves and those around them. They also have first-hand experiences relating to their environment.  “The Reggio philosophy ties in with my beliefs. Communication, choice, mutual respect, learning through play, creativity, and lots of outside time build the framework for Sequoia’s Treehouse experiences,” explains Sequoia Hartman, founder and owner.

two infants sitting on the floor with picture books
Your infant will thrive at Sequoia’s Treehouse Children’s Center. The care is thoughtful and held in a peaceful setting. Photo courtesy: Sequoia’s Treehouse Children’s Center

Childcare In Olympia Available From 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Selecting childcare for your child of any age is important. When you need infant care, this is what Sandy wants you to know: “It is a nice, calm center with experienced caregivers. We love what we do. We really do.”

If you are curious about Sequoia’s Treehouse and the programs that are offered, you can call for information or a tour at 360.742.3651, visit the Sequoia’s Treehouse website, or see them on Facebook and Instagram.

Sequoia’s Treehouse Children’s Center
3325 33rd Lane NE, Olympia
360.742.3651

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