Baby Bear A – Non-mobile Infants

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The Baby Bear A infant daycare classroom is planned to meet the special needs of very young children and their families. Our goal is to create a partnership with parents that will ensure that each child receives the very best care while at the center. A partnership begins with open communication and mutual respect between families and staff. Parents are welcome to visit at any time.

Honey Bear Preschool and Child Care Center’s daily classroom practice and programming objectives are designed to support the program’s philosophy and the established long-term goals. Goals for infants in our care include:

Respecting each child as a unique and special person; attending to each child’s physical and psychological needs; fostering and developing a relationship with a caregiver the child can trust; providing a safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate environment; creating opportunities to interact with other infants and toddlers; and, supporting children in their exploration and use of all their senses.

Written records, called CuddleGrams, are kept on each child’s day at our center including eating, sleeping, and diapering patterns as well as anecdotal notes about daily happenings and developmental landmarks. We encourage both parents and center staff to talk frequently to keep each other informed about the children.

Curriculum

Curriculum is a plan for learning. The two main components of that plan for infants are care giving and play. During care giving routines, such as feeding or diapering, the teacher gives each child their full, focused attention. Through care giving interactions, opportunities arise for children to learn important social, language, and self-help skills. Play, both in an individualized or interactive manner, is a child’s way of exploring and learning about the world. There are opportunities all day long for children to play, whether it be inside on the a play mat with intriguing toys or outside in the yard with a soft blocks.

The curriculum throughout the center focuses on the developmental needs of the child —emphasizing the integration of cognitive, physical, and social/emotional development. Summarized below are some of the says the curriculum meets the needs of and challenges the infant.

Motor Development
Our program encourages exercise by providing a safe environment for children to practice emerging skills. We have safe places to climb and pull up; equipment to grasp to help walking; open spaces for scooting, crawling and walking; and, carts to push. To improve small motor development, there are rattles to hold, shake and handle; teething toys, shape toys; and, objects to stack. Teachers further encourage physical development by expressing an interest in and acknowledging the child’s accomplishments.

Language Development
Children are spoken to frequently throughout the day. Songs are sung and stores read. We build upon the children’s vocabularies by talking about the foods they eat, the things they see, objects we use in play and the names of the children and their friends. Baby sign language is used frequently for high interest words like “milk” and “more”.

Cognitive Development
Our program encourages cognitive development by providing an interesting “hands-on” environment that invites learning. Through exploration and discovery, children begin to learn such cognitive milestones as object permanence and cause and effect.

Social Development
An important component of social development is self concept. Infant schedules are individualized, which fosters the child’s security about his or her environment. Holding, hugging and one-on-one interaction between teachers and children help to build a trusting bond. Children use this bond as a security base from which they explore their environment and learn about the world.