The Babies Room
Information for parents and guardians
6 Weeks to 15 months / 2 carers to 8 babies
We would like to give you some information about the room, the educators, the program and the experiences your child will have in the babies room.
Content and operations of the program
Before infants reach the age of 15 months they achieve so many milestones.
They begin to crawl and walk, pick up and manipulate objects, make their first sounds and words, play with objects and toys, explore the environment, search for objects and start to complete simple puzzles. It is a very busy and important time in the child’s life, and to achieve all of these skills they need security, stability, and the support and encouragement of caring people.
In all our rooms we program for each child individually. We do this by observing each child, noting their actions and abilities, their strengths and what challenges they are ready for. The activities we plan are developmentally appropriate and goals are set for the child to achieve.
The weekly program is displayed on the noticeboard above the lockers for you to have a look at. You will also see samples of the babies ‘work’ displayed around the room.
Activities and Experiences
Activities such as push toys, rockers, balance beams and climbing are all planned to stimulate gross motor development.
Sand play, shape sorting, eating independently, painting, play dough and grip toys all increase fine motor and manipulative development.
Social interaction occurs through group play, waving hello and goodbye, separating well from parents, mirror activities and singing songs.
Puzzles, pop ups, hide and seek, art activities and craft also help the child experience different textures and materials and stimulate creative and cognitive development.
These are just some of the experiences your child will have in the babies room.
Each day we will communicate with parents about what has happened in our room. We will share the highlights of each day by making notes on our weekly program. Writing these daily comments on the program allows Educators to communicate with families about some of the meaningful activities and interactions of the day. These comments will be aligned with the government’s Early Years Learning Framework. Photos of the children illustrating their interaction with the curriculum will also be shared.
Of course we will also share important information about the children’s food intake, toileting and rest time.
Each week we will reflect in general about our journey together and this weekly reflection will be posted for parents to view. Regular centre newsletters will also be produced and shared with parents, preferably by email.
We welcome parent input in many ways. So please feel free to communicate with us about your child, our program, our room or our centre any time. It is important to us that you feel comfortable coming to us to ask questions about your child and their day and how they are feeling.
When your child first starts in the room the staff will ask you for a routine that your child follows for the day - when they feed, sleep etc, what comforters they need. The staff will always endeavour to follow the routine that you use at home.
Above the lockers there is a noticeboard where you can find information about the program, the staff and when they have lunch breaks. There will also be extra notes there from time to time about things happening at the centre.
The pockets are also used when sending home notes, newsletters, accounts and receipts.
Please come and see us at any time if you have questions or concerns about your child.
What to bring
You will need to bring bottles made up and labelled, and any food your baby may require in a bag. A spare set of clothes and sheets are also needed. We also supply a hat and sunscreen.