Infant and Toddler Care

The Family Vacation Center provides childcare and kids camps for kids ages 1 month to 18 years old.

Small World – Infant and Child Care
Small World Program – designed for infants and toddlers up to 3 years old. The Family Vacation Center is one of the few programs in the country to offer childcare for infants. UCSB student counselors take loving care of these babies, allowing you time to rest and relax. Our Small World Program is designed for walking one and two year olds. Activities range from outdoor play and walks to crafts, story telling, creative movement, and snacks.

“The Small World staff was terrific! They bonded with our children quickly and knew when they had been fed, changed and slept. The affection and warmth towards our children was genuine and that made our kids happy to be there.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Q – How are the children grouped for play time?
A – Small World is broken up into Infant and Toddler Care. Infants are “non-walkers” and toddlers are children who are walking. Though the groups are divided for most of the time, all the children will go on the walks together, unless they are sleeping.

Q – What activities are provided?
A – Infants are provided a variety of play options indoors as well as walks, music and story time and naps. Toddler activities include ball pit play, outdoor and indoor toys, creative movement play, story time, imaginative art projects, tactile activities, and walks around camp.

Q – Do you change diapers?
A – The Small World Staff changes all diapers every two hours unless otherwise needed. Safety and sanitary policies are followed to keep all our children safe and clean. We ask that you provide your own diapers and wipes.

Q – Do you provide snack?
A – Snacks are provided daily for Small World Children and they consist of items like goldfish, animal cookies, graham crackers, apple sauce and otter pops. If you would prefer that your child eats his or her own snacks, you may bring them with your child. Small world has a refrigerator for bottles, baby foods, and any other items that may need to be refrigerated. If your child has allergies, be sure to inform the staff upon dropping your child off so that they may provide the appropriate snack items.

Q – How do you handle meal times?
A – When a Small World session includes a meal time we take the children to the dining commons and provide a variety of healthy options. If you would prefer that your child eat specific items you may provide them or inform the staff of these preferences. For safety purposes, children with allergies will be given red allergy bracelets so that all staff members are aware of their allergies. High chairs and booster seats are provided in the dining commons.

Q – What should I bring?
A – Please provide the following items for your child: bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, diapers and wipes, extra change of clothes, special snacks and any comfort item that your child may need. Each child will have their own cubby and we asked all items are labeled.

Q- How do naps work?
A - Small World consists of two floors of the mountain clusters. The bottom floor is divided into the various play areas (i.e. toy room, ball pit room, art room, etc) and the second floor consists of four nap rooms and a “quiet room”. Three of the nap rooms have two pack and plays and one mattress, while the end room has two mattresses and three pack and plays. Each child will have their own crib or mattress (depending on their age) for the duration of their stay. We ask that you bring any blankets, lovies, pacifiers, noise machines, etc. that will help your child sleep better.