In studies conducted by researchers at the University of Helsinki, Finland, it was found that infants are capable of learning at a very young age and were already learning in their mother’s wombs.
“However, an infant’s brain is not fully developed at birth,” says Charlotte Wong, head of Kinderland’s Infant Care & Toddler programme. “As such, infants need visual, auditory, tactile and olfactory sensory input to build connections of the world they are in.”
The furniture layout allows for safe, independent exploration and there are books and exploratory sensorial toys to encourage babies to be curious and creative. The programme also maintains a low teacher-infant ratio of 1:4 and ensures that there are two trained and qualified caregivers at any given time in every class.
Teachers plan different activities each week, focusing on sensory-motor, language-cognitive and social-emotional skills. “For example, singing
to ‘Old McDonald had a Farm’ may introduce children to different types of animals and their sounds and colours as well as new vocabulary,” says Charlotte.
Children enrolled in the programme also enjoy healthy, nutritious breakfasts and lunches as well as pureed, fresh baby food, planned by a certified in-house nutritionist. However, parents must inform the school if their child has any special dietary requirements.
Charlotte Wong, Kinderland’s Head of Infant Care & Toddler (pictured, second from right) shares what you should do before signing up your tot for infant care.
Her Advice for New Parents
“Parents need to learn to trust the teachers who will care for their infants. Ask discerning questions but keep an open mind to suggestions and the philosophy of care in a centre. Respect teachers as professionals who will care, guide and nurture with passion.”
How Long She’s Been with Kinderland
“I’ve been with the school for eight years, and in the education sector for more than 20 years.
Why She Loves Her Job
“Infants are born wired to learn, and have the best potential for maximum brain growth and development. It is most impactful to work with children of parents who entrust their little ones to you to nurture and develop.”
Kinderland Preschool & Infant
Tel: 6881 8818
From The Finder Kids Vol. 24, September 2018
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