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A Nurturing Environment for Your Baby to Learn & Grow
Infancy is a time of rapid and amazing growth. At Day Early Learning we believe that being responsive and sensitive helps infants establish a warm relationship with their child care teacher. These strong relationships build the foundation for learning and encourages infants to be curious about and explore their environment.
All Day Early Learning infant classrooms utilize The Creative Curriculum, a research-based early child care and education curriculum. The learning objectives of this curriculum are aligned with Indiana’s Early Learning Foundations.
Your child’s classroom will have an individualized lesson plan posted every week. Lesson plans are based on the Foundations and reflect each infant’s interests and developmental level.
To establish strong social-emotional skills, teachers:
We have noticed that our child has become much more aware of his surroundings and more sociable and adaptable to new situations.
My child has picked up on a lot of skills that I didn’t expect for the school to teach. Sign language, for example, is a big plus to me.
Our infant classroom environments are developed with the safety and developmental needs of the children in mind. You will see a variety of different learning materials that encourage exploration and support the development and mastery of new skills. Balls, blocks, instruments, shape sorters, sensory bottles, books and more stimulate your child’s learning.
When your child attends Day Early Learning, each day includes experiences that foster creative expression, cognitive development, social and emotional growth, motor skills, and problem-solving skills.
At Day Early Learning, we believe that the foundation to a lifelong love of learning for a child begins with a nurturing relationship with their teachers. Infant teachers are trained in responsive caregiving. That means they work to build a trusting relationship with each child, provide individualized care to each infant, and develop partnerships with families. All infants experience a responsive, sensitive caregiving environment.
Assessing Infant Development
Each week, you will receive written observations of your child’s development on LifeCubby. These observations are used to help teachers create meaningful lesson plans that will ignite curiosity in your child and help us monitor your child’s growth and learning on a daily basis.
When parents enroll in our program and each time your child transitions to a new classroom, teachers and parents complete the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). This tool allows us to help you track your child’s progress in language, problem solving, fine and gross motor, and social-emotional development. It also helps us ensure the right materials and supports are being used to help your child reach the next stage of their development.
In the fall, winter, and spring our teachers complete an overall assessment on your child’s progress using a tool from the Indiana Department of Education called ISTAR-KR (KR=kindergarten readiness). This assessment is aligned to the Indiana kindergarten standards in the areas of English/Language Arts and Mathematics.
In addition to measuring children’s growth, our learning environments and teaching staff are regularly assessed using classroom observation tools to ensure the highest level of teacher-child interactions. This is important because high-quality environments and teacher-child interactions encourage and promote children’s language, math, vocabulary and social skills.