Welcome to Kids’ Safari Learning Center’s Infant and Toddler program. The Giraffe, Hippo, Monkey, Gazelle and Elephant classrooms invite you and your little one to a wonderful new world of adventures in learning!
Leaving your infant or toddler for the first time is hard for any parent, it can be an emotional time especially if this is the first time that you have left your baby for any length of time. The first day is always the hardest and tears can often be expected from both the parent and the child. We understand the wave of emotions you are feeling and are committed to helping you and your child through this transition.
To help with the transition we welcome parents to visit their little one at any time or call and check in once, twice or a hundred times a day! We want you to feel comfortable with your child’s new environment and trust in your child’s teacher to care for your little one just as you would! Our educated and nurturing staff will provide the highest quality care while providing experiences to support individual growth and development.
It is important to understand the dynamics of group care. At home, a child is surrounded by family; mom, dad, sister and/or brother. In a group setting children are surrounded by several other children, teachers, caregivers, and support staff. The classroom environment offers new and exciting experiences. Children that may take a three-hour nap at home may only sleep for forty-five minutes here. Children that take a Nuk© at home may not need it here. Here at the center children are more independent and will often drink out of a cup, put their toys away, and sleep on a mat, while at home they act more dependent upon their parents. These environmental behavior changes are very common!!
Schedules and routines are very important to infant and toddlers. Infants and toddlers need routines in their lives to help them feel secure and understand what to expect next. Establishing simple routines can help your infant/toddler to create order. It is also important to remember that the toddler rooms incorporate some group scheduling and routines; Parents are greatly encouraged to help maintain those routines by dropping off and picking up at times that are less disruptive for the class. For example, dropping off 15 minutes before breakfast or before or after rest time are less disruptive to the classroom and children.
- Arrival Time – This is the time for the parent and teacher to help your child transition from home to school. Upon arrival parents and teachers can discuss any concerns and any special needs or information to help care for your child during their time at school. It also time for parents to complete the daily information form sharing information for current care routines such as eating and sleeping.
- Sleeping – Infants rest according to their own innate resting schedule; while toddlers are encouraged to rest according to the center’s routine but will always be allowed to sleep and wake as determined by the individual child. Times are recorded on the daily information form for parents. Infants are placed “Back to Sleep” in a protective pack-n-play while toddlers are laid on comfortable mats with their favorite blanket and sleep pal (if needed).
- Eating- Infants and young toddlers develop their own eating patterns guided by direction and support if the parents. Your guidance as well as your child’s physical and oral signals will allow our staff to support your child’s eating patterns and habits. Infants will be held while eating a bottle, while older infants and toddlers will be supported in safety strapped seats and highchairs for spoon feeding. All meals and bottles will be recorded on the daily information form for parents.
- Diapering- Diapers are checked frequently throughout the day and changed as needed. Diapering provides teachers the perfect opportunity to spend quality one-on-one time with your child, building positive and trusting connections.
- Discovery Time- Discovery time provides planned, purposeful activities to support your child’s developmental growth. From “Hey Diddle Diddle” to “Peek-a-Boo”, from stacking rings to shape sorters, from water play to coloring, discovery time provides supportive learning experiences that will support your child’s natural curiosity about the world around them. By facilitating safe and purposeful learning experiences in a nurturing and encouraging environment our teachers support the trusting bond growing between child and themselves.