For parents who choose to send their children to nurturing infant child care centers, you may be interested to know what activities are provided for your infant while you are away working. Even though your precious one is still laying down all day and most of their awake times are only intervals between long naps, there are ways to stimulate them based on proven science. Once your infant turns into a toddler, their mobility may allow for more interesting activities.
Below are some insights into activities at several centers, without direct mention of the brands or institutions:
Stimulation of five senses
The five basic senses are sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Stimulation of these senses is achieved through many means. For touch sensation, it may involve fabric play, stroking sensation, hand painting, and messy play. Some centre also has sessions for the infants to hear classical music. This does not only stimulate the infant’s sense of hearing but believed to stimulate brain development as well. Some centers include sessions to play with bubbles and balls for older children, and learning from flash cards, which even though traditional but proven effective. Children is made ready for higher stage of learning in school only after all their five senses are exposed to adequate stimulation during preschool years. When children’s sensorial development is unfulfilled, they are set to hardship in primary schools. It will be difficult for them to learn as fast as their peers. Thus, it is important to be attentive about children’s basic senses.
Motor skills development
Nurturing environment is the best for infant and toddler between 2 to 18 months old because this is the most delicate time for their growth and development. Other than nutritious meals, they must also be allowed to move about and not confined to the crib or restricted fenced areas for the whole duration. During this period, an infant will learn how to roll over or sit, reach for toys, turns pages of book boards and begin to crawl and stand up. Without dedicated care by a caregiver, it is difficult to provide development-boosting activities for each infant. Paying extra is nothing compared to right ratio of caregivers and babies available in a well-supervised and well-regulated infant child care center.
Communication skills practice
From its environment and its interaction with caregivers, infants pick up sounds and voices, shares his or her first smile, babbles meaninglessly, imitates others, expresses feelings, seeks attention and does many communicative acts. Stimulating activities that encourage communications include singing rhymes together and dancing to music, learning about the sounds of animals, reading books together, introducing names of things and other children’s names, imitating gestures, educating them about routines and many more.
When you visit infant child care centers before deciding where to send your infant, make sure to ask the child care providers what activities are provided for the infants under their care. If they are serious about infant child care, you can detect it right away from their passion, the curriculum and their answers.