A Sandbox Infant is a Well Loved Infant
Caring for your child’s health, safety, feelings of security and trust is the most important crucial responsibility of the Sandbox Staff and the families in Sandbox care. Sandbox infants are 6 weeks – 15 months of age.
The goal of the infant program is to provide homelike care in such a way that growth and “well being” is nurtured throughout the day, ensuring safe, close, secure relationships.
A SANDBOX INFANT WILL FEEL:
1. Comfort in connecting with a trusted staff.
2. An expectation that his/her needs will be met.
3. An assumption of his/her right to move, explore and express emotion. 4. Understood in expression, communication and needs.
5. Encouraged in interaction and exploration of the environment.
6. Facilitated in social interaction and peer relationships.
7. Comfort in the developmentally appropriate activities.
INFANT PROGRAM GOALS:
1. To be safe and free from harm.
2. To feel comfortable and secure in a well planned environment.
3. To prepare the way for future learning with interesting things to do.
4. To open the door to educational opportunities, experiences, and lots of language.
5. To maximize the learning appropriate for this developmental age.
6. To enable the child to develop a confident attitude towards self.
7. To move and control their bodies with growing confidence.
8. To know the child is unique, important, loved and can be successful.
9. To expose the child to the joys of social interaction.
10. To develop warm and trusting attitude towards others.
11. To begin self-help skills and love of learning.
12. To nurture that wonderful, perceptual, and persistent curiosity.
The infants are cared for in small groups, designated by stages in development. Each infant is assigned to a primary care giver. The children move from one learning activity to another, always meeting individual scheduling needs, in a stimulating and prepared environment, within the confines of one room.
SANDBOX KNOWS THAT:
1. Positive infant care prepares children for future success in school and life.
2. Infant “well being” is crucial to all areas of development.
3. The infant brain, which is developing at an astonishing rate, is directly influenced by the quality of relationships and care the infant receives.
4. An infant’s environment must be set up for an infant to successfully achieve standard goals.
5. Parents and caregivers providing loving care allow the infant to feel secure and understood.
6. Doing age appropriate activities with children has emotional and educational relevance.
7. Parents and caregivers encourage children to be aware of feelings and interests.