We place great importance on our infancy program. We understand the emotions and apprehensiveness that a parent may feel when leaving their infant in the care of someone other than family.
At The Hiawatha Day School we believe the most crucial step to success is developing an honest and caring relationship between director, teacher, parent and child. This relationship creates emotional stability and a feeling of safety so the child can then focus their attention to exploring and learning about their world.
We recognize infants and toddlers are active and motivated learners who have their own curriculum…they learn through their experiences. Research shows 90% of all learning occurs within the first 3 years of life, we plan to take full advantage of this by providing carefully planned activities designed to maximized each child’s language and cognitive skills as well as their emotional, social and physical development. We offer a tender loving approach combined with constant opportunities for self-discovery. Teachers will provide each family a daily summary detailing their child’s napping, eating and diaper changing schedule… new discoveries, milestones and daily activities will be noted as well.
Our infancy program highlights include but are not limited to the following:
- Build and maintain positive, open relationships with families and children
- Provide consistent and prompt responses to each child’s needs; individualized feedings and sleeping opportunities,, emotional support, safe lap, diaper changing ,cuddling, giggling, lots of physical affection,, holding, nurturing, praise, reading, cooing, encouragement, admiration, smiles….
- Prepare and maintain a safe, clean, healthy and stimulating environment
- Establish predictable, consistent routines…yet flexible
- Nurture social-emotional growth, socialization and identity
- Foster cognitive development
- Personalize caregiving routine
- One on one time with each child
- Individual feeding times
- Individual sleeping opportunities
- Promote physical development
- fine motor toys, puzzles, shapes, rattles, cause and effect, etc..
- gross motor development; floor freedom, tummy time
- eye hand coordination
- Promote language and communication development and learning
- Child-directed speech, expanding child language
- Non-verbal communication
- Use of books and stories
- Singing, rhymes, fingerplays
- Immitation play with mirrors
- Guide, love and protect each child..