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 and can also be found on the classroom blog.
The infant room environment is planned to be safe and stimulating for all children in the group. One way we keep the room clean and safe for crawling infants is by maintaining a “shoeless” environment. We ask that all adults entering the room remove their shoes.
Infant feeding is both a physical and social-emotional process. All infants are held when bottle- feeding to facilitate contact with a nurturing adult. The infant room includes a lactation station where breast-feeding mom's can relax and feed their infant. 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. Weekley 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. Infants are permitted to sleep only in cribs.
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.