At Tender Tots we strive to provide the highest level of care for our infants. We understand that our care impacts all areas of their early and later development. We work to ensure that all of our infants make all of their developmental milestones, and that we provide the basis for their social and emotional development. These early relationships between the caregiver and the child, set the stage for the child’s emotional well- being and social relationships in the later stages of life.
One of the most important ways to ensure that a child is on the right track for development, is to make each baby feel as secure and loved as when they are with their Mother. Studies show that when babies are held and feel loved, they develop into more stable and confident adults. Our teachers spend time holding and cuddling babies to ensure they get the physical contact that is so vital to the well-being of the infants.
As the infants grow older, teachers spend time developing gross motor skills, fine motor skills, speech skills, feeding skills, cognitive skills, and sensory skills. Activities include singing, playing with puppets, dancing, and tummy-time. Infants become aware of other people, and move on to imitating hand and facial gestures, making animal sounds and saying the names of family members.
Our teachers also focus on the fine and gross motor development of each child which are essential elements in the development of children. Gross motor skills involve the development of muscles that will enable babies to hold their head up, sit, crawl and eventually walk, run, and jump. Fine motor skills refer to the small movements of the hands, wrists, fingers, feet, toes, lips, and tongue. By focusing on these skills, children not only strengthen their muscles and improve coordination, they learn concept and how to play together.
At Tender Tots, your baby’s health is of the utmost importance. All teachers and visitors are required to put on shoe covers before entering the infant room. Changing tables are equipped with changing table paper to ensure that each baby is changed in a sanitary environment and all toys are sanitized daily. In addition, each baby has their own state of the art crib, where they can sleep peacefully, away from the distractions of the other babies.