Why MindChamps Infant Care: The S.M.I.L.E.S.™ Environment
The S.M.I.L.E.S.™ environment at MindChamps Infant Care promotes engagement and security, and is specially designed to provide a nurturing experience for infants and toddlers to explore.
The acronym S.M.I.L.E.S. refers to activities that stimulate the development of our young ones in the following key areas: Sensory, Motor (Music and Movement), Intellectual, Linguistic, Emotional and Social.
Through the works of our experts, it was revealed that the brain, especially in the formative stages, needs all aspects of the mind to be stimulated simultaneously. Thus, all activities designed for our infants and toddlers have the potential to provide experiences that engage all the S.M.I.L.E.S. elements.
By constantly focusing on moments throughout the day that provide opportunities for S.M.I.L.E.S. activities, our infant educarers are trained to seize and respond meaningfully as random opportunities arise.
Here are some examples of how we use the S.M.I.L.E.S.™ elements to respond to the needs of our young ones:
Young children learn by experiencing things through their senses, as this process builds the networks which will later support cognitive development. The sensorial exercises that our infants and toddlers go through during infant care help to stimulate their senses, building a strong foundation for their growth and development during the early years.
Motor skills are developed in infancy through repetitive actions involving trial-and-error and experimentation. Through our S.M.I.L.E.S.™ environment, there are opportunities for physical experimentation at all times, especially when activities that are specifically designed to nurture particular physical actions are carried out.
Intellectual development in infants relies on the connections that are formed in the brain and the extension of the neural networks within. Through activities designed by our educarers, infants and toddlers learn to make connections between actions, sensory experiences and social, emotional and linguistic interactions, which provide a strong foundation for life-long intellectual development.
Like everything else, our young ones learn language by experiencing it in all forms, as often as possible. The S.M.I.L.E.S.™ infant care environment includes language experiences in every activity to set up our infants and toddlers towards the path of mastery.
During the first years, infants and toddlers learn to make sense of their emotions by interacting with the people around them. Apart from you and your family, our infant educarers are the ones who spend the most time with your child during the day. You can rest assured that our educarers are trained to use every opportunity to nurture healthy emotional development in the infants and toddlers under their care.
Healthy social development during the early years is nurtured through personal interactions. To help our infants and toddlers develop the ability to regulate their emotions, our infant educarers are trained to pick up emotional cues from their charges and convert negative emotions into positive ones.