Baby Bear A      0-6 months

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The Baby Bear A infant daycare classroom is planned to meet the special needs of our youngest children and their families. Our goal is to create a partnership characterized by open communication and mutual respect with parents that will ensure that each child receives the very best care while at the center. Parents are welcome to visit at any time. (Unfortunately during COVID we are not allowing anyone on campus besides the teachers and children).

The Baby Bear A Infant classroom serves non-mobile infants from 6 weeks through approximately 6 months. The schedule in this room is completely individualized by the child's needs. Written records 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 email these reports to parents daily along with a selection of photos and videos.

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 ways 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 areas to interact with visually and tactilely interesting toys; special

    pillows to support sitting up; open spaces for practicing tummy time. To improve small motor development,

    there are rattles to hold, 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.