Care of children in our center is handled with respect and love. The goal, over time, is for children to participate in their own care, to be able to communicate needs, self-sooth, increase confidence and develop empathy for others around them. Our staff feeds children when they are hungry, diapers them when they are wet and soothes to sleep when they are tired. The physical and emotional needs of the children always come first – and teachers work closely with families to develop diapering, feeding and sleeping plans that are comfortable, familiar and consistent.
Explorations are what make our center different, exciting and inspiring. We know that children learn the most by interacting with people and materials. We encourage daily explorations by relying knowledge of child development and the interests of the children individually and as a group.
Explorations include work with many different types of materials and often include:
Our daily routines establish a pleasant sense of calm, predictable order and sociability that support each child’s care and development. The primary elements of this approach include the following.
Children exhibit a wide range of developmental needs as well as social skills when eating. From the infant drinking milk in a caregiver’s arms to the toddler feeding themselves at a communal table, all of our students connect to others through experiences with food.
Depending on the age of the child and the needs of the group, we make napping plans for each student and the class. This may involve napping at will for our youngest children or trying to encourage one nap a day for our toddlers.
We set the stage for rest by providing:
Diapering is a time for one-on-one communication between teacher and child. We use this time to share an intimate moment together, give each child the opportunity to signal their needs, begin self care, and to promote trust and a deeper bond.
Once toddlers show signs of being ready to begin potty training, they will be invited to initiate use of the toilet. Teachers ensure potty training is positive by also working with parents to develop a plan that is stress free for everyone and supports each child’s growing independence.
Families and children are welcomed and staff members are available to answer questions and take messages to teachers.
Infants and toddlers enjoy a variety of experiences as teachers and children interact in the classroom or in our outdoor play area.
Infants receive personal care during all meals and snack times. As it becomes appropriate, toddlers come together to eat lunch at the table. Diapers are changed and the children begin the transition to nap time. Each child follows their own nap schedule and sleep as long as they need, eventually moving all children to a similar nap schedule.
Children finish napping and gently reenter the flow of the active classroom, continuing the explorations of the morning, gathering for music, stories, outdoor time, snacks and reconnecting with families as we approach pick up time.
As parents arrive, each child is ready to leave. Teachers are available to share information about the day, answer questions and say goodbye to the children.
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