Our infant program is individualized to every need. All infants are fed, changed, and nap on their own individual schedule. Teachers track daily feedings, diaper changes, and naps on our daily reports. Infant teachers further individualize care by practicing the primary caregiver system. Each teacher cares for a small group of children to provide a safe and secure environment.
We believe that children need to feel safe and secure before they can begin to learn. We have a curriculum in our centers that believes the same. This curriculum is Creative Curriculum. Creative Curriculum is based on prominent theory and research, and serves as the basis for our classroom schedules, assessment, and lesson planning.
Throughout the day our infants are introduced to a variety of experiences. We offer sensory/cooking experiences, literature, music, dramatic play, art and outside opportunities as part of our daily program. Our teachers plan weekly experiences based on a monthly theme, children’s interest, and assessments conducted in the classroom.
Our teachers practice intentional teaching by providing experiences that are developmentally appropriate and engaging. All of our teachers provide experiences that reflect the Ohio’s Infant and Toddler Guidelines.
Jelly Bean Junction feels that it is important to assess each child on a regular basis in order to keep building knowledge. One way we assess our children is to observe each child weekly and record our observations. We also do an assessment for children who are enrolling in our centers. This assessment is known as the ASQ. The ASQ is a parent questionnaire. Parents complete the questionnaire and return it to the center. We then use the information gathered from the questionnaire and weekly observations to plan developmentally appropriate experiences for every child in our center.
Sign language is an important part of our infant curriculum. We teach our infants sign language because we feel it is important to communicate with them. Sign language also reduces the amount of frustration a child might feel during this period of time while they are increasing their language skills. We teach different signs throughout the day while we are using the corresponding words. Teachers share these signs with parents so they can be a part of this learning process with their child.