Ages: 6 weeks to 15 months
Teacher to Student Ratio: 1 to 3-4
Infant Care at YWCA Minneapolis
Infants are developing new skills every day! Infants explore and learn about their world through their senses and emerging motor skills. They are born curious and ready to learn. We create infant learning environments to provide experiences that respond to infants’ natural curiosity and emerging skills.
YWCA staff help guide infants through the many developments of the early months, from early literacy and speech, to crawling, walking and developing self-esteem and confidence.
Learning Tools in the Classroom
There are multiple sources of developmentally appropriate stimulation in YWCA classrooms. Learning and development for infants includes their total experience within the learning environment. It is critical that the learning environment is physically safe and clean so that infants can safely explore and interact with the other children, adults and materials in the classroom.
Infants benefit most from individualized care and should be allowed to follow their own schedule for eating, sleeping and playing. Infants are dependent on close, nurturing relationships as the source of positive physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth. They learn about their world by observing adult reactions, and develop best when they are assured of having a trusted caregiver who can read their cues and respond to their needs.
We understand child development and how infants learn and are able to read and respond to their needs and behavior. Language development is particularly crucial during the infant period. We provide many opportunities for infants to engage in meaningful dialogue.
Safe Sleep Procedures for Infants
Safe sleep practices for infants up to 12 months followed by YWCA Minneapolis Children’s Centers include:
- Placing all babies to sleep on their backs
- Using individual cribs with firm mattresses and tight-fitting sheets
- Designating staff to be within sight and sound of all sleeping infants, and checking on sleeping infants every 5 minutes
- Allowing NO additional items in cribs (including blankets, bumpers, pillows, and soft toys). Use of sleep sacks is allowed.
In addition, all YWCA Minneapolis Early Childhood Education staff members receive training in infant and child CPR (every two years) as well as the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Shaken Baby Syndrome (annually).