During the first year infants are developing major physical and emotional regulation systems. As every baby grows best in relationship with caring adults, the curriculum in the infant room focuses first on building attached relationships with the caregivers. These relationships assure the baby that he is a valued being, that his needs matter, and that the adults are interested in his actions. The ratio of 3 babies to 1 teacher means that babies can be seen and known, and their needs receive a prompt response. These relationships give the babies confidence that they will be safe as they freely explore and engage with the appealing, age-appropriate activities of the infant room.
In The Classroom
As the infant grows, consistent routines assist the babies in their normal development of self-regulation. While the younger infants eat and nap on demand, those approaching a year of age naturally extend their awake periods, napping just once midday, and begin eating on a more predictable schedule. The daily rhythm of the infant room both follows and leads the babies into a daily rhythm of their own.
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Sandra Brito-Rodriquez, Master Teacher
Sandra taught at BlueSkies for 8 years before moving down to the Valley. She returned in 2012 and has been working in Hedco since. Sandra has 12 units in Early Childhood Development and is currently working on her AA at Merritt College.
Helen Thwin, Teacher
Helen has been with BlueSkies for 25 years. She has worked in all of the classrooms and is currently working in the Baby House. She has completed 14 units in Early Childhood Education.
Scottie Workman, Teacher
Scottie has worked with children since 1989. She has a B.A. from Mills and M.A. from SF State in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Scottie was previously at BlueSkies and is back in the Baby House!