A Day at Childventures for Infants
- Warm, leisurely greeting from our educators assure children and their parents that the care setting is a safe and friendly home-away-from-home.
- How and where the “goodbyes” occur depends on the needs and preferences of the child and parent.
- The teachers acknowledge the child’s and the parent’s feelings about separation and reunion.
- Parents can also let the educators know what the child did at home.
- Seeing parents at this time provides an opportunity for educators to exchange information about their child’s day.
- Educators inform parents about their child’s actions and communications of the day.
- Our mealtimes go beyond fulfilling a basic need for nourishing food.
- The younger infant is bottle fed in the comfort of the caregivers’ arms; older infants are encouraged to sit in the high chair or at the low table in a small group.
- Infants are encouraged to eat as well as explore new tastes, smells and textures and encouraged to self-feed with fingers, spoon or a cup.
- Often children sit unassisted allowing them to have greater control of their arms and hands to easily put food in their mouths.
- This area includes equipment that encourages movement, objects that flutter in the wind, a variety of crawling surfaces, water play materials and items that are visually stimulating.
- The educators provide loose materials for children’s comfort and play. They ensure a variety of experiences for non-mobile infants.
- Nature is observed with the children.
- The infants are given an opportunity to investigate and explore materials and actions and interact with their educators and peers.
- Each child chooses what to engage in based on personal interests, inclinations and level of development.
- This time provides children with a virtually uninterrupted period of exploration and play.
- The educators create experiences that are specific to beginning language and literacy. A variety of props are utilized to create interest and participation (books, puppets, flannel stories).
- The classroom environments have designated areas where your child can participate in pretend play and interactions with peers and educators.
- A variety of art mediums are introduced to the children in a small group setting. Specific art materials are explored to encourage the children’s development of their five senses.
- This time is a daily opportunity for children and educators to group together and introduce materials or activities.
- The children are the doers and choice makers, actively shaping what happens as the group time unfolds.
- Singing and moving with children at group time provides them opportunities to explore movement, to build a common repertoire of songs and rhymes and to experience a steady beat.
- This time occurs either on demand when the infants are tired or at a scheduled time in our day.
- Each child has their own individual crib in a separate sleep room, which protects the sleeping child and consistently provides each child with a personal, familiar sleeping place.
Our son was enveloped within a wonderful of community at Childventures, there were new friends – both other little ones and teachers – and the little bumps and bruises that happen along the way were always tenderly handled, the achievements were celebrated, and we truly began to feel that his “day parents” were an extension of our own family, it was such a great and comforting feeling and there was always a fun story about his day at pick-up time.