Welcome to the “Cuddly Caterpillars”!
Our Infant Room
At New Discoveries Preschool, we believe that it is critical to make this first transition away from home comfortable and as easy as possible for both you and your child. Ms. Ashley, our head Infant room teacher, has been with us for over 5 years. She is currently working on completing her associates degree in Early Childhood Education.
All our teachers receive special training on infant care to provide babies with the most optimal, loving care. In our infant room, our teachers will spend generous amounts of time rocking, talking, singing, and cuddling with your baby. Through our Quality First Program, our teachers have been trained to turn ordinary care-giving routines into teachable moments.
Partnering with our Parents:
We work with our parents to ensure that the routine we are developing for your infant, at school is as consistent as possible with what they are familiar with at home. We recognize the crucial importance of keeping you up to date regarding all aspects of your baby’s day. Parents receive a daily log sheet which details your baby’s day, including napping, feeding, diapering, and learning activities. Our teachers will also capture and document many of your baby’s special moments through our individual portfolios.
For those families who are breast feeding, you may bring in bottles of breast milk for your child, or you may even come in to breast feed if your schedule allows. For those infants on formula, we are able to provide Similac Advance Infant Formula or you are welcome to bring in your own formula. We also provide infant cereal, jar baby food, and table food for older babies.
We do ask that parents bring in diapers, wipes, an extra change of clothes, and a lightweight blanket for your little one to snuggle with at naptime.
Creating a Stimulating and Safe Environment:
Our infant room is designed to create the best and safest environment for our teachers to supervise and protect your children as well as enhance their play and learning experiences. Our play areas are set up to ensure that there is plenty of room for exploration and movement. They are filled with carefully selected toys and books used to positively support all areas of your baby’s development.
Every child is assigned their own crib and provided with a sheet, which is changed daily. Our room is also kept meticulously clean through the sanitizing of cribs, toys, high chairs, and floors every day.
Our teachers are consistently responsive to the needs of your little one. Our warm and caring staff will support your baby’s emotional needs and will always be a careful observer of him/her. When feeding our younger babies we always hold them. Older babies are given their bottles to hold while sitting in a high chair. We do not prop bottles, nor do we give babies a bottle in their crib. This helps to reduce the incidence of ear infections and gives your baby individual attention during feeding time.
We know that babies have an incredible capacity for learning. Our nurturing teachers will read, talk and sing to your baby consistently throughout the day, to encourage their language development.
We enhance your child’s gross motor development with “tummy time” and toys that boost crawling and walking skills.