Our babies’ room cares for nine babies a day aging from 6 months up until 14 months of age. At this stage of a child’s development, forming secure attachment relationships are fundamental for learning and development. Three staff work together collaboratively to provide an environment which is safe, supportive and challenging – an environment in which the innate potential of each child is believed in and nurtured.
We aim to cater for the individual needs of the children by working with families to form a collaborative approach. Our four-week orientation period at the beginning of the year is a great opportunity for families, children and educators to get to know each other and start to develop an open and trusting relationship.
We believe that children are spontaneous and learn through flexible programs. We run a play-based program that is forever changing as children develop, acquire new skills and show new interests.
An indoor/outdoor program is run for most of the day where children can choose between indoor and outdoor play at their own leisure. Sensory play is a big interest, with children enjoying the opportunity to use all their senses to explore their environment. Play dough, water play, sand play, finger painting, natural materials and goop are some of the sensory experiences on offer on a day to day basis. As well as sensory play, we also aim to provide a program that is rich in all areas of development.
Each day consists of providing children with a balanced morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Individual children’s sleep times can be accommodated as our babies’ room has a separate sleep room. In this age of development children are becoming more and more independent. We foster children’s independence by providing care and support, encouraging exploration and teaching skills and allowing children enough time to practise self-help skills.
When programming for children’s development, we work hand in hand with the Victorian Early Years Learning Framework as well as the National Framework. We view children as active learners and believe that adults can support children’s learning by responding to their interests. Using individual portfolios as a way of documenting your child’s learning helps us plan experiences that are focused on your child’s interests. These experiences and milestones are captured in learning stories, anecdotal observations and digital photography, and put together to create your own child’s individual portfolio. Families and children may also add to their portfolio. It is also a great way to gain insight into what happens during your child’s time at Annie Dennis.