**6 weeks – Toddler Age**
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What is a day like for babies at Kinder Works?
ARRIVAL… usually occurs between 7:00am (when we open) and 9:30am. Parents can confer with staff, refer to the ‘Daily Diary’, and drop off food and supplies while transitioning their baby to the caregivers.
NAPS… are on demand as needed, and as directed by the parents.
FEEDING & MEALS… are on demand as needed, and as directed by the parents. We hold babies during feeding, and when they are old enough, we spoon-feed in supported seating, making mealtime a social event.
DIAPER CHANGING… is on demand as needed, and at least every 2 hours. (Kinder Works provides diapers and wipes.)
LOVING, HOLDING, COMFORTING ATTENTION… are given all the time!
ACTIVITIES… (click for details) are offered to each child when he or she is awake, individually, according to his or her development. We also offer group activities to stimulate socialization.
DEPARTURE TIMES… for infants are usually between the hours of 4:00pm and 6:00pm (when we close). Parents can again confer with staff, refer to the ‘Daily Diary’, pick up supplies, and transition their baby for the journey home.
What physical environment is best for your baby?
Of course you want a place that is clean and safe. But there is more…
Research demonstrates that physical environments, including architectural, aesthetic, and natural elements, have tremendous impact on an infant’s development. Kinder Works has carefully designed the infant area with distinctive space, light, and specific colors to enhance development.
For instance, since babies spend some time on their backs, we have designed a landscape of shapes with natural and indirect lighting on the ceiling. There are also interesting ‘sculptured’ walls, and windows placed for viewing the outside world as well as for viewing the toddlers next door.
In addition, when infants become independently mobile, they can participate in the ‘toddler cove’ area, which is a safe area connected to the infant room, but actually in one of the toddler rooms. This allows each child to safely experience the toddler environment first-hand, and even to meet some of the toddlers and teachers. When it is time to transition to the Toddler Program, each child is ready and happy to ‘graduate’.
Why are your child’s caregivers so important?
Infant learning is based on relationships: the baby’s relationship to his or her own body, senses, mind, and emotions, which is better known as ‘self-concept’; and his or her relationship to the outside world of people, things and events.
Infants respond best when their caregivers form caring and consistent relationships with them, and when interactions are safe and predictable in meeting their needs. They notice the emotional tone of those around them, and quickly learn how to engage their caregivers.
At Kinder Works, the infant staff are not only steeped in early childhood development, they are also sensitive and committed to providing nurturing attention to each baby, making sure your baby’s needs are consistently met, and to maintaining a safe and emotionally healthy environment. We recognize that authentic affection between caregivers and infants is an important tool in brain development. The reasons for this go well beyond the need to bond: those exchanges help your baby develop a host of crucial qualities… from intelligence and language ability to relationship skills and a well-formed sense of self.
To learn more, please come in and visit us or request an information packet.