Early Childhood Development


Spotlight: Ms. Kesha & the Infant Classroom

Early Childhood Development | March 7, 2016

The Gardner School takes children as young as 6 weeks old into their educational care. At 6 weeks of age, growing babies are finally able to get a grasp on the wonderful world they’ve been born into! And, it’s important their curiosity is encouraged in an environment like our infant classrooms.

Ms. Kesha at The Gardner School of Nashville, Tennessee explains her passion for this age and our schools. Growing up in the Nashville area, Ms. Kesha was introduced to little ones when she started babysitting family and church members’ infants and children. It was here that her love of life’s bundles of joy began. After college, she worked three jobs — two being in child care positions! When she learned of TGS, she interviewed for a position and began as a floater — learning about each infant, toddler, preschool, and pre-k classrooms.

Her fondest memory of TGS was when she was placed as Lead Teacher in the infant classrooms:

“I love this age group and the emphasis on curriculum. It’s unlike any other child care facility I’ve worked in. This infant classroom’s emphasis on curriculum is a huge part of why I’m here. As babies grow and become confident in playing, we guide them with lessons. In activities as simple as stacking cups and improving motor skills, learning sign language to communicate or even playing with manipulative toys that teaches cause and effect, there’s always a lesson we can teach our infant students.”

Infant classrooms among all our campuses have amazing teachers and wonderful features that help an infant progress into a toddler:

Soothing Nursery — Wanting your little one to feel at home, our nursery suites provide a soothing environment that includes individual cribs personalized with family photos and items from home, stimulating learning materials to explore in playtime, small teacher/student ratios, and a shoe-free rule, keeping the spaces clean and sanitary for our little crawlers.

Individualized Schedules — All infants have their own unique habits and schedules, so our teachers communicate directly with parents or guardians to develop a flexible feeding and diapering plan that suits your child’s individual needs. We log all feedings and changes in your child’s daily communication updates through the PreciousStatus app, providing personalized love and care to your baby.

Parent Communication — Babies change on a daily basis, and it’s important that we communicate often with our parents through our online communication platform and app, PreciouStatus. With real-time updates and photos sent directly to a parent or guardian’s email and app, we share developmental assessments and the many moments of growth and progress babies have at The Gardner School.

“I love being a part of the learning experience with the infant students. I understand the nervousness that goes through parents’ minds with them not being here, but because of our PreciousStatus app, I’m able to share these with parents and other daily activity. This app is an amazing tool to keep parents informed — to show how their child is progressing throughout the day, how many naps they took and when, the times they used the bathroom and even sharing updates on our school. The most popular question I get from parents is “what happens when they cry?” This is a tough question for them to ask, but it’s an easy answer. Our teachers give them so much love — through endless cuddles and hugs. They are never lacking in constant human connection.”

As Ms. Kesha puts it, “babies are sponges.” Our infant teachers always try to expose babies to new education: using bigger words to expand vocabulary, teaching lessons through play and letting growing infants discover things on their own. Early childhood development ties in with the bigger picture of education. Infants establishing educational building blocks now will benefit their educational ability down the road in elementary school, middle school, high school, and even college.

Learn more about our infant classrooms here.