Our Infants spend the day in the Bunny Hill Room - Children from the ages 2 months to 18 months or 12 months to two years of age depending on the need of the room. The teacher to child ratio for the Bunny Hill Room is 1:5. Our program for infants sets its pace around the needs and unique differences of each child. The teacher centers her day on the schedules of those for whom she cares. The teachers provide the infants with a warm and stimulating environment: One that provides them with a sense of security as well as with a place to grow and develop to their potential during this critical stage of life.
Routines are the curriculum for an infant’s day. Every moment of a young child’s day offers opportunities for learning. Our skilled teachers catch these moments and help the infants establish trust, then begin to build on the infant’s knowledge of the world around them. This is accomplished as the teacher keys into the verbal and non-verbal messages the child is sending.
Infants need to view the world from many angles and are allowed that experience. This includes crawling, being carried, stroller rides, outdoor play, climbing, and rocking so that various perspectives are gained. Diaper changing, feeding, and other routines are viewed as vital times for communication, self-discovery, and socializing.
Our goal in the Bunny Hill room is to prepare them for the Green room by encouraging them: to walk independently, master feeding themselves, take one nap a day, and drink from a sippy cup. Generally, we will move the Bunnies to the Green room each September when they are between 14 and 18 months unless all the children are over a year and then they will all move at fall transition (typically the beginning of September). An earlier transition could be considered depending upon space, maturity level, parents’ feelings about the move and ease of transition.
While being supportive of infants in their quest for competence, our teachers look to the parents as the best resource in working with their children. Early childhood educators view themselves as professionals with children and with parents.
Providing infants with a safe place to grow and learn is very important. For this reason, Grand Kids has a policy (detailed in your enrollment papers) on safe sleep practices for infants up to 1- year-old. We follow the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission to provide a safe sleep environment and reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is “the sudden death of an infant under 1 year of age, which remains unexplained after a thorough investigation.” The staff and substitute staff at Grand Kids follow the AAP safe sleep policy and are trained on safe sleep practices before working with our infants. Safe sleep practices are reviewed regularly as well as checked at our regular state and public health visits.