The Infant room provides a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for infants to explore throughout their day. Experiences with teachers, peers, language, movement, music, books, water, art and dramatic play materials enhance children’s growth and development. Teachers design experiences based on children’s developmental needs and individual interests. These experiences are documented for families on daily sheets, communicated at drop off and pick up times.The infant room environment is planned to be safe and stimulating for all children in the group.
Infant feeding is both a physical and social-emotional process. All infants are held when bottle-feeding to facilitate contact with a nurturing adult. Infant feeding is individualized, incorporating the child’s changing developmental needs and individual cues, as well as family preferences. As infants grow older, they are encouraged to be as independent as possible when eating; plastic bibs are provided for them as this process can often be messy. Weekly menus are provided so that families can indicate those foods that they would like older infants to eat at mealtimes.
Sleeping is also both a physical and social-emotional process that requires teachers to observe carefully for children’s cues. We may help infants fall asleep by holding, rocking, singing, rubbing backs or gently rocking a crib.
We look forward to developing relationships with children and their families. Please take some time at arrival each day to tell us about your child’s evening and morning at home so that we can more effectively meet their needs. When you return, we will tell you about your child’s day with us. In addition, we will provide you with a “daily chart” indicating your child’s feeding, napping, diapering and play activities.
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