West Essex YMCA

Infant Care

In our infant room, each caregiver knows that the first and most important thing is forming a close relationship with their assigned children and his/her family.  We provide daily written communication, but we always encourage phone calls or visits.

  • Children ages 6 weeks to 13 monthsInfant ratio is 1:3

    All caregivers have infant experience and are CPR and first aid certified. 

  • Our teachers make sure that each infant is stimulated by organizing activities such as water play, finger plays, songs, story time. 

  • Our teachers consistently work on the developing language skills of infants.

  • Activities are play-based which encourages a lot of interaction with toys and people, and allow for individual children to grow and learn differently. 

  • Then, as your child progresses, we create an environment that will build your child's fine/gross motor skills, as well as his/her cognitive development. 

  • The environment includes both soft and hard surfaces for a variety of textures. 


Parent Testimonials:

  • The Koalas room is usually the first point of arrival at Peanut Shell (for children and parents).  It was very easy for us to integrate our son into the daycare program. The caregivers welcome him every morning with a big hug and smile that makes him feel very special.  They also makes it possible for us to leave him knowing that he will get the love and attention that we want him to have when we’re not with him.

  • The teachers really seems to keep everything running smoothly in the Koalas. They are always loving toward the babies and is very sensitive to parents’ feelings and to multicultural issues, i.e. making sure to wish a Jewish parent a happy holiday at the time of their holiday, bringing in a book with Spanish words because they  know one of the babies is exposed to Spanish at home, etc.

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