WHAT DOES OUR HIGH-QUALITY PROGRAM FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS OFFER?
What You Need
SIMPLE, INTERESTING MATERIALS
The toys and objects can be used in a variety of ways, like baskets and pails that babies use to dump and fill. There are different types of the same toy, like blocks or balls, in various sizes and made of different materials. When they are a little older, infants and toddlers compare objects and learn to understand words like big, soft, smooth, and shiny.
The room is divided into separate areas for sleeping, playing, eating, and changing diapers. That way, everything and everyone stays clean and safe, and playing infants and toddlers do not bother sleeping ones.
SECURE OPEN SPACES
Infants and toddlers need to move on firm surfaces without being in a device or carrier—that is how they strengthen their muscles. Plus, they can explore the toys and objects that interest them.escribe what the service entails, benefits for users and any other important information. Have a lot to say? Easily turn any item into a full page by clicking ‘Create a page from this item’ in the edit panel.
SMALL PHYSICAL CHALLENGES
Caregivers might put an interesting object just out of reach so that infants learn to coordinate their movements to stretch and grasp the object. Or they might add a short riser or a single step to give older toddlers some climbing practice.
Chairs, tables, and shelves are sturdy, safe, and the right size for infants and toddlers so they can be more independent as they start crawling or walking.
A SOOTHING ENVIRONMENT
Infants and toddlers can get overwhelmed easily, so caregivers make sure the lights are not too bright, the room is not too cluttered, and recorded music is played only occasionally.
Caregivers read simple stories to children and provide them with sturdy board books. The books reflect the children's cultures and families.
The room contains objects that are familiar to each child, like photographs.
HOW DO CAREGIVERS AT STAR KIDS PRESCHOOL PLAN LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS?
You might wonder how caregivers plan experiences for infants and toddlers that nurture their growth and development. Below are some general guidelines they follow to support your child's learning.
STAR KIDS PRESCHOOL USES DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICES.
Create weekly lesson plans based on each child's individual age and stage of development
Help each child meet goals that are just right for that child
Value each child's family and culture
WHEN CAREGIVERS CHOOSE MATERIALS, ACTIVITIES, AND STRATEGIES TO USE WITH INFANTS, THEY THINK ABOUT
What most infants and toddlers need—like toys of different shapes, sounds, and textures
What individual infants and toddlers need—like a special goodbye routine with Dad at drop-off time
Ways to support every child's family and culture—like saying a few comforting words in the family's home language
Caregivers balance your child's schedule so he/she gets the sleep he/she needs, eats healthy food, moves around, explores interesting objects, learns how to get along with others, and actively helps with his/her own care as much as he/she can.
CAREGIVERS FOCUS ON FOUR MAIN AREAS OF YOUR CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT:
Infant and Toddlers love to move, and all actions are learning activities for them. As your infant/toddler tries new skills and masters them—standing, walking, climbing—his/her caregiver responds to his/her growing independence by giving him/her more complicated toys and materials to explore safely.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
From the moment infants are born, they are ready to learn through meaningful interactions with people who care for them. As your infant/toddler grows, his/her caregiver will be there helping him/her learn how to share, take turns, treat others gently, and make friends. She will encourage and guide him/her when necessary.
THINKING (COGNITIVE) SKILLS
Your child is curious about the world around him/her. Your child's caregiver provides experiences that help him/her learn about cause and effect, imitate adults in his/her play, and use his/her problem-solving skills.
Your child's caregiver helps him/her learn new words—and how conversation works—when she talks to him/her, waits for his/her response, and then responds to his/her sounds.
FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS WORKING TOGETHER
Caregivers in high-quality programs know that you are the most important person in your child's life—and his/her first teacher. They want to partner with you to build a trusting relationship so that together, you support your infant/toddler's growth and development. Here are some things that make this great partnership work:
Caregivers and families respect children's individual personalities and abilities. They also respect each other's differences, cultures, and backgrounds. Caregivers listen to families and try to understand their goals and concerns for their children.
Caregivers share with families what their children are doing in the classroom, and families share with caregivers what their children are doing at home. Caregivers talk with you about your child's progress and accomplishments in all areas, such as his/her language and physical skills. They also talk with you about your child's napping, toileting, and other events. That way, they can do some things (like feeding) the same way you do them at home. Making routines more familiar for children helps them feel comfortable.
If families and caregivers speak different languages, caregivers find ways to pass on important information (like taking photos of what a child is learning at the program, or sending home translated materials). The more families and caregivers communicate, the better they can meet children's changing needs.
Caregivers welcome families in the program at any time. You take part in decisions about your child's care, and you have opportunities to get involved with the program that consider your family's interests and schedule.
Star Kids Preschool’s Infant/Toddler Program provides primary caregiving—one caregiver is mainly responsible for caring for a child's needs and interacting with his/her family. She is not the only one who ever interacts with your child, but she is your main contact, and your family can depend on her. When your child knows his/her needs will be met, he/she feels confident to try new things.