Guppy Classroom Environment
We understand that babies thrive in an environment that is responsive to individual needs. Bottle feedings, naptimes and playtime are not scheduled but instead are dictated by the needs of each child.
The classroom is furnished with low shelving to provide a stable way for infants to begin pulling themselves up and easy access for toys to play with. There are toys for stacking, rolling, shaking, listening and snuggling – all for the children to explore using their five senses. Mirrors are found around the room so they can see themselves and discover their own expressions.
Our beautiful infant classrooms are designed with windows at floor level so that babies can see the outdoors and natural light. Riley Crossing’s secure park behind our community is a perfect place for teachers to spread a blanket in the grass and take the babies out to explore and enjoy a beautiful day. A buggy ride on the winding paths around our building is also another way to enjoy the outdoors at Riley Crossing.
The young infant room has an enclosed crib room allowing each child opportunities for quiet sleeping on their own schedule. At Riley Crossing, we follow the back to sleep protocol for safe sleep. Parents may provide a sleep sack for their baby if they wish.
Parents of young infants fill out an instant feeding form with directions on when and how their babies eat. Bottle feedings are a time for babies to snuggle in with their teacher in the rocking chair as they are fed. Once a baby is eating baby food or made from scratch food at Riley Crossing, they will eat in a highchair. This is a wonderful socialization time between the babies in their highchairs and the teacher as they are beginning to use a spoon and a sippy cup.
Our Guppy Teachers
Teachers in the young infant room understand the importance of creating a warm and caring environment that will build trust and security with the babies. You will see teachers singing songs, cuddling, reading stories, engaging in conversation, using sign language and playing with our guppies. They encourage the babies to explore and discover their environment around them. Teachers partner with our parents to meet the unique needs of their children to ensure quality of care.
At Riley Crossing, our curriculum is play based. This playtime is an integral part of every day to help each baby learn and grow. Example activities include music, story books, stacking, sorting, tummy time and sensory activities. Toys are rotated regularly so the infants have the opportunity to explore new and interesting items within their environment.
Intergenerational Learning – Guppies
Riley Crossing Child Care and Riley Crossing Senior Living share a building together and work together to provide a unique intergenerational experience for children. This creates a beautiful opportunity to have interaction between the two communities. In our young infant program, our “Grandfriends” visit at least once a week to do “Rock-a-Bye Baby,” sing and read stories to the infants. While out and about on buggy rides, we often stop to visit with our “Grandfriends.”