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Infants

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INFANT SCHEDULE

Infant schedule is quite flexible. Each infant is allowed to set their own sleeping and feeding schedule. In addition to feeding, diapering, sleeping time, the daily schedule allows one-on-one caregiver/infant activities appropriate to each infant’s developmental level.

 

 GOALS:

The children attending my family child care program will be experiencing and learning many things as they play. As I observe and think about the children in my care, I can set goals appropriate for each one of them. Here are some of the goals that I use when planning the curriculum.

Goals for Cognitive Development:

• To recognize objects, people, and self.

• To imitate actions of others.

• To develop decision-making capabilities.

• To develop problem-solving skills.

• To develop language skills.

• To develop planning skills.

• To develop math skills such as matching, pairing, and classification.

• To enhance creativity.

• To begin to understand scientific and physical concepts and math concepts

such as gravity, cause and effect, balance, size, shape, color, volume, and

measurement.

Goals for Emotional Development:

• To be able to express feelings.

• To develop a concept of self.

• To develop self-control.

• To develop self-understanding.

• To develop a positive self-image.

• To develop the ability to stick with a task to completion.

Goals for Social Development:

• To acquire social skills.

• To cooperate with others.

• To respect materials.

• To respect other people.

• To appreciate and value differences.

Goals for Physical Development:

• To refine sensory abilities.

• To develop large muscle abilities.

• To develop small muscle abilities.

• To develop eye-hand coordination.

• To refine visual discrimination.

• To refine listening skills.

• To establish reading readiness

 

 

 Infant Care

Infant care outside of our homes is more common in our society today than at any other time in our history.

Infants need to feel at home if they are to feel safe and relaxed.

 

Sachse Child Care is your child's home away from home.

Caring for infants is one of the most important jobs in our society.

Infants need and deserve prompt and consistent attention to their physical and emotional needs from a caring adult.

 

At my home your child will receive excellent care and be quite happy.  The differences here are the quality of care provided by the caregiver. Good care produces secure, happy children.

 

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Things I do with infants

 

We play peek-a-boo or other games in which you disappear and reappear.

I have safe places where they can crawl, creep, and pull them up.

I roll a ball or place a toy where babies have to reach or crawl for it.
 

I give babies toys that squeak.

I give the babies teething toys

 

I point to and say the names of the babies' mouth, ears, nose, fingers, etc.

I place toys and other colorful objects where babies can see and/or touch them.

I shake a rattle behind a baby's head and let the baby turn and grab the rattle.

I place babies in different positions


We read aloud books that have large pictures and not much writing.

I talk to babies and name objects that they are looking at.

I rock and hold babies when they are upset.

I let babies fill containers with objects and then dump them out.

 

We learn through play

Heather Rogers 2000