Infants Coming 2016!
Our learning community is beginning to offer Infant Care. The estimated timeline for construction and licensing approval is September 2016. We invite you to join our Family Partnership List for upcoming enrollment.
Environment: Babies need love, affection, and touch. “Containers” such as exersaucers and bouncers will not be present in our space, rather infants will be held, rocked, and will spend time on their tummies and backs. But most of all we will practice “baby wearing”.
Nourishment: We support you in your choice with breastfeeding and feeding support. One of those ways is providing support for parents and a space for those parents who wish to breastfeed. Our infant environment will include an area to feed within the room or privately if you wish. We are here to support you, breast or bottle. Our infant food will also be homemade and prepared from fresh fruits and vegetables.
Exploration: Babies learn through exploration. Areas within the room will be divided with natural archways and shelving, allowing children who are mobile to actively explore, while children who are not yet mobile can safely explore in other areas, while also learning from the older infants. Items and activities in the environment will be changed weekly to promote continuous exploration and curiosity.
Attachment: The interactions, mental health, and attentiveness of the primary caregivers of a child ages 0-3 are directly correlated to their mental health and coping skills not only as an older child but as adults. Our environment supports secure attachment. Learn more about secure attachment here.
Care Providers: Our teacher to infant ratio will be 1:3 rather than the state required 1:4. As with all of our teachers, all staff will have education and experience relevant to early childhood development.
Communication: As with all of our teachers, those in the infant room will also be employed full-time. This provides the foundation for secure attachment and healthy development. It also provides the foundation for on-going communication between care providers and families. Healthy and open relationships are the foundation of our learning community with our families and ensure a positive and consistent environment for children.