Infants | Primary Care-Giving
To offer a sense of security and continuity to babies and their parents, Palcare assigns one caregiver to be the primary person for each child and their family. This person will help the baby adjust to the Center, for his or her care-giving routines, and for communicating with the baby’s family. The Infant staff also works as a team, so that in the event that the child’s caregiver is not present, the other team members are well known to the child as well.
We follow a similar style of communication and care-giving. For example, caregivers speak to children in a normal voice, gently and clearly, getting down to their eye level whenever possible. They let a child know what to expect, before it happens. For example, a caregiver will catch a child’s attention, say, “I’m going to pick you up now,” then show the child her outstretched arms, before picking the child up. Caregivers spend time playing with and talking to babies, during and in between care-giving routines. We urge parents to share their thoughts, appreciation, and concerns with their primary caregiver, Lead Teacher or other members of the care-giving team. It’s a partnership!
When a child moves from the Jellyfish Room to the older infant Sea Stars Room, their primary caregiver will likely move with him or her. This continuity of care, for almost 2 years, has many benefits for babies and families.