Infant Care Overview:
Cognitive, social, and emotional development is important. Senses, memory, creativity, curiosity, and autonomy are nurtured. When you enroll your infant, ages 1 month 2 weeks (6 weeks) up to 12 months (1 year), in Preschool, you’re helping prepare your infant for a life of education, love, and meaningful interaction.
Kindred to Day Care Centers or Baby Sitting rooms, early education centers provide toys and playtime but with a purpose. Each school has a different belief or purpose driven teaching method and every school is equipped with tools, teachers, and staff to help facilitate the best years of your child’s life—the developmental process.
After your baby is born, as a parent, you have many options. Hiring a nanny is always a great way to care for your baby post pregnancy. Or, you could be a stay-at home mother. Or, you could do both! Many parents decide to enroll their young mind into an early education center. The moment you enroll your infant at an early learning educational center, certified, established caring teachers cater to your infant through out the day according to your specifications.
Not only are your baby’s basic needs catered to throughout the day with 100 percent of attention from college graduates and certified teachers—their developmental learning is beginning to become established. As an Infant Teacher, we are introducing learning skills at a young age. For an infant, the alphabet, basic words, numbers, colors, and social interaction are all apart of a school day. Much like a day care center, an early learning center provides toys, self-care, feeding, medical adherence, but also includes curriculum-based schedules. Each day is planned according to a monthly schedule or theme; the teaching staff introduces themes—ideas, colors, words, and thoughts, into a daily schedule.
Milestones like neck control, crawling, and beginning to self-feed are all noted. Sleeping schedules are strictly followed. Teachers are always in state ratio where you can have no more than 4 students per teacher. Throughout the day, we monitor the student or learners bowl movements. Photos are taken daily and sent to parents for memories. Parents provide a detailed feeding schedule and caring schedule as well as clothes and diapers. Every day, a sheet is sent home noting what happened throughout the day with important details such as necessary items and any pertinent moments.
As a teacher, I read published academic articles concerning the room where I’m teaching. Please find a sample of published academic articles I’ve read for school on the following pages regarding infant care. I’ve also included my learning journal with notes of things I’ve learned from student teaching and then my 10 years of Day Care/Babysitting/Preschool experience. Finally, you’ll find infant photos from my previous infant room experience.
In Preschool, the Toddler room (ages 2 ½ – 3 ½) is an important room as it marks the transition from being a helpless infant to a self-feeding friend. After a student is enrolled in the Infant program where school settings and appropriate adult understanding is introduced, the next room is Toddlers where they have free range to explore their creative process and basic skill set. Creativity and imagination takes the rein. Lunch boxes are introduced as well as backpacks (although most infants have them at an early age as well). Understanding the concept of routine and time are established and respect, sharing, caring, being kind, playing well with others, listening, and learning are put into play. Schedules are followed which establishes a routine that builds expectations and establishes trust.
Names are learned, and nutrition is taken into consideration. It’s a true school setting that continues the preparation for official school settings—whether you choose a religious affiliated school or public school. In the Toddler room, art projects and daily routines are executed throughout the day. Circle time is started which develops their learning skills and listening skills. During circle time teachers have the learners sit on the carpet or individual rugs—this may seem arbitrary but every task teachers give the students improve their childhood development in small but significant ways. For example, it’s thrilling when a student rolls up their rug and puts it away, as a teacher it’s professionally satisfying when a student understands the concept of chairs, sitting down, standing up, clapping, laughing, and speaking are important to cognitive development. During circle time, books are read, names are introduced, songs are sung, and depending on the weekly theme or monthly special event including holidays or birthdays, learners are treated to a day of exploration. Teachers are on their toes to impress the Toddlers at this age, which prepares them for the next 3 rooms available in most Preschools—[(Room 3: 3 ½ – 4), (Preschool: 4 year olds), (Pre-K: 5 years old)]—depending on their curriculum.