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In search of infant care reviews? We investigate what parents have to say about MindChamps Infant Care in Singapore.
MindChamps Infant Care Reviews by Parents
Instead of hiring a babysitter, a growing number of parents these days prefer to place their babies in infant care centres during the day once mum’s maternity leave ends.
Not only will their little ones be able to pick up new skills in the first few months of life, spending their days in infant care also helps them to get used to the child care routine once they turn 18 months.
Since we launched our Infant Care programme in September 2017, we have received good reviews from parents who have placed their little ones under our care. Here are some MindChamps Infant Care reviews:
“Jaime has been with MindChamps Infant Care since she’s 3.5 months old. It’s evident that she’s well taken care of as she really enjoys going to ‘school’ and smiles at her educarers daily. The educarers have been very caring and share frequent updates of her milestones in addition to weekly app updates. We’re thankful that she’s well taken care of in such a good environment while we’re at work!”
– Mr & Mrs Joel Lim, Parents of Jaime
“We would like to thank the teachers in infant care for being so patient with Ethan. When he first started, he would cry for a long time and refuse to sleep, but the teachers were so kind to offer to use our baby carrier to carry him around and rock him to sleep. This was hard for them to do while caring for the other babies, but they obliged so Ethan could get used to infant care. Although he still is a demanding baby, the teachers continue to try various ways to help him adjust to the environment. Thank you, teachers for your hard work, care and love for Ethan.”
– Mr & Mrs Lim Kok Hao, Parents of Ethan
About MindChamps Infant Care
Grounded in an understanding of how infant minds develop and make sense of the world, MindChamps Infant Care immerses infants from 2 to 18 months in a stimulating, nurturing and age-appropriate environment.
This is done by tapping on the key domains of the Sensory, the Motor, the Intellectual, the Linguistic, the Emotional and the Social (S.M.I.L.E.S.™) to promote the growth and development of little ones in the first year.
Through the S.M.I.L.E.S.™ environment, the dedicated educarers at our infant care centres are trained to identify age-appropriate learning and nurturing opportunities during the care process and to create multi-sensory experiences that allow infants to learn and grow through their interaction with the environment and the people around them.
MindChamps Infant Care activities that promote the S.M.I.L.E.S.™ development
Here are some of the experiential activities that MindChamps Infant Care educarers use to stimulate the development of infants and toddlers:
Together Time (One on One)
To promote bonding, our infant educarers will gently place the baby face-down on the stomach. This releases the feel-good endorphins which help the little one feel calm and contented. At the same time, it builds back and stomach muscle strength as well, which is essential as they learn to crawl.
During this activity, the educarer will keep up a constant monologue by naming the items that the child touches and trying to find rhymes for each of them to reinforce the sound.
During this activity, the infant educarer will hold the baby firmly and gently swings him to and fro, and up and down over her head while she sings and/or talks to him. This activity helps to develop the baby’s sense of movement and balance, builds his language skills and helps him to feel secure.
To start off this activity, our infant educarer will shake a rattle softly from various directions – from the left to the right, or directly behind the baby. This is then replaced with the calling of the baby’s name to get him familiarised with adult voices and sets the path to language acquisition as he grows.
Rough and Smooth
For this activity, objects that are clean, safe and colourful with different textures are used to allow the baby to touch or grasp them one at a time. Some examples include soft toys, swatches of rough and smooth materials and plastic objects.
For younger babies, our infant educarer will hold the objects close to the baby, moves them to attract the baby’s attention and rubs them against baby’s skin. As baby grows a little older, the object will be placed in his left hand to allow him to explore the toy through touch. This is then switched to the right hand.
While baby is exploring and experiencing the toy, our educarer will talk to him about the object by naming and describing it.
The educarer starts this exercise by laying baby on a soft surface and moving his legs slowly up and down in a slow, smooth walking motion. This motion gradually evolves to positions that seem as though baby is ‘riding a bike’ or ‘doing squats’.
While conducting this exercise, our infant educarer keeps up a constant conversation with baby, while smiling and looking at him. This helps to keep baby focused on the actions and promotes positive emotional reinforcement.
From the legs, we move on to the arms and cross-lateral movements which involve bringing the limbs across the centre line of the body. This helps to build connections between the left and right hemispheres of the brain and is crucial for later cognitive development, coordination and creativity.
A Smorgasbord of Smells
This activity introduces baby to a variety of scents around him, ranging from soaps, lotions, food and baby powder. Our educarer will start off by letting the baby take in the smell of objects such as a rock melon, a lemon, a prawn, and coffee beans – and naming the object along the way. Following this, our educarer will then observe for baby’s reactions towards these scents.