Whether you’re a first-time parent or not, caring for your tiny tyke is no child’s play.
Take a tip for two from Kinderland’s specialised infant and toddler care programme, offered exclusively at four infant centres – Hougang, Ministry of National Development, Republic Polytechnic and Sengkang. It provides a supportive and safe environment for your child to develop mentally, socially and physically.
Tiny tots need to eat well to grow well. Which is why Kinderland has its own in-house nutrionist who plans wholesome and healthy food that is customised to the infants’ ages.
Proper nutrition is essential for the children’s development, according to Kua Jo Ann, Kinderland’s Food, Nutrition and Hygiene specialist. “Different nutritious foods are introduced at each stage that benefit an infant’s growth and let him or her learn about different types of food,” she explains.
It’s also never too early for them to work-out. Infants get to enjoy exercises such as “tummy time”, that help build their upper body and arm muscles, and aid in developing their sensory-motor skills.
With specially designed spaces to make it safe and conducive for them to do their thing (read: crawl, stand and climb), they are given ample opportunity to explore their natural environment.
Fittings such as mats, climbing structures, cruiser bars and soft-gyms, enable the young adventurers to enhance their creativity through their senses.
And the brainy stuff: Children are like sponges, absorbing and developing critical skills quickly in their first three years.
Kinderland’s educarers sing songs, recite rhymes, teaching them the expressiveness of language. They also foster a love of reading early, with the use of cloth and board books to tell stories. In these ways, the educarers build meaningful bonds with your children.
For the babies’ daily naptimes, classical music (known to stimulate cognition) is played to improve brain development. To encourage your little sleepyhead to nod off, a cosy environment is provided to keep them secure and snug – think soft lighting and comfortable sleep cots. (Parents are even given digital updates on their child’s meals, milkfeeds, diaper changes and activities!)
From The Finder (Issue 285), July 2017
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