Ratio: 4 children to 1 educator
Infancy is a period of rapid growth and learning, a period where there are indeed endless possibilities for initiating activities, which will foster growth and learning.
In the Babies Room we aim to provide a safe and secure environment where the babies’ needs are met by responsive educators and caregivers, thus enabling babies to form attachment with their carers. The attachment built up between carers and infants will lay the foundation for trust and autonomy as they grow and develop.
Aims and Goals of the Babies Room
For children to experience a programme that accommodates and stimulates the growth and skills across all areas of development.
For children to have opportunity to build positive relationships with peers and adults.
For the children to develop a sense of their personality and social selves.
For the children to develop awareness of feelings and ways of expressing them appropriately.
For the children to explore their interests and develop independence.
To work with families to ensure the best care for their child.
Introducing and Orientating your baby into the centre
When introducing your baby into the Babies Room, we strongly recommend a gradual introduction (short times to begin with, building up gradually) The best time for the group as a whole is between 10.00 am and 11.30am as this gives staff the opportunity to talk with you and find our as much information as we can about your child. However, we realise that this is not always possible and we are happy to work with families to make the transition into childcare as stress free and effortless as possible.
Sometimes it helps if parents write down a list of what would be a ‘normal’ daily routine. This can help us to judge sleep times, regulate feeds etc., as you would normally do at home. Keeping open communication with staff through verbal discussions at the end of each day, or writing in the take home communication book which is filled out daily by educators, is also a great way to alert educators to changes in routines and behaviours.
What to Bring
Nappies- approximately 6-8 nappies (minimum) recommended for a whole day
Changes of clothing (at least two sets – covers toileting accidents and other routine soiling of clothing) While we provide protective clothing for art experiences, babies are very busy little people and we endeavour to allow them to explore the environment fully.
Bottles – if your child is on formula, please make up the required amount of bottles that you would normally feed your child in the course of the day.
If you are expressing breast milk, please ensure that staff are aware as the heating process is different for that of other bottles
Comfort item – anything that can create a link between home and centre life is welcome. This can be a teddy, a blanket, piece of clothing or other item that your child may be attached too. Some parents provide photos that the child can carry with them through the day or attach to their bag.