"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
Our infant room provides a safe, caring, loving environment, with materials and equipment to meet the babies physical needs. Infants need to be stimulated and have social interaction, which is provided by teachers through daily care giving, curriculum and as children interact and play together. Teachers prepare a weekly curriculum using EEC provided Infant Toddler standards, and child development knowledge that meets each child’s individual needs.
In our infant room we provide care for up to seven infants daily. Parents supply all items that their child may need during the day. Infants follow their own individual schedule. The parents and teachers complete a schedule comprising of each baby’s individual likes, needs and daily requirements. Each morning a parent starts our daily sheet to inform teachers of their child night, morning and in turn teachers provide parents daily with information of how their child’s day was, how much they ate, slept and any diaper changes, as well as other relevant information.
Infant / Toddler
Infant/Toddlers need similar care as Infants. In this group we have children between twelve months to two years. Typically we have three infants and six toddlers. Our infant/toddler group shares a large classroom with infants on one side and the infant/toddlers on the other side divided by a half wall. Teachers prepare a weekly curriculum for the children using EEC recommended Infant Toddler standards to meet their educational and individual needs, and to provide stimulation and social interaction.
Parents supply all the children’s daily needs except for snacks, unless they have a special diet, in which case all supplies would be provided by the parent.
The children in this age group are between 20 months and thirty months. They are in this group separated primarily by developmental age.
Toddlers need a safe environment; this is the age of “Me” and “I can do it by myself.” The basic skills are learned with great effort and lots of patience from educators. Skills such as mobility, feeding themselves, fine motor coordination, sharing and toilet training, are to be achieved at this stage.
Teachers prepare a curriculum to provide opportunities to develop these skills and educational needs. At this age the struggle for achievement can be very frustrating to children if not dealt with in an appropriate manner. Close supervision and interaction is provided for this age group.
Toddlers have a set schedule that they follow each day, a structured environment that provides a consistent routine with a variety of activities each day.
The children in these age groups are between the age of two years nine months to five years, and once again are divided into three classrooms, each grouped developmentally but not necessarily by age. This is a very important time in a child’s life, where he/she learns through play and through role models.
The classrooms are totally child-oriented, designed with educational materials, learning centers and equipment to match the size and abilities of each group.
The preschoolers follow a creative, planned daily schedule. Teachers prepare a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for their classroom. The teachers create the classroom environment and experiences for the children. During our morning structured time children are given the opportunity to choose from a selection of areas that are open and in which they want to work. Children learn through a combination of direct interactive experience, listening and observing adults and also an extraordinary amount through play and exploration. Afternoon offers more unstructured free choice time.
Our Preschool classrooms offers ample space for our older Toddlers, and young Pre-school children. Children in this classroom are typically over two years and young preschool children who are around age three.
The classrooms provides a learning environment which facilitates the optimum growth and development of young children, with opportunities for appropriate learning experiences through active involvement with teachers and materials. The large space works well for this age group who are busy all day long. Teachers provide materials, and create an environment designed with educational materials, learning centers, and equipment to promote learning and enhance the abilities of each group.