The importance of childcare during infancy
|„In daily life
@We work on each childfs basic living practice such as meal, nap and potty
training. We respect the individualfs pace and try not to damage his or
her motivation. We give a child a good example of cleaning a room as a
living space, caring for oneself and greeting each other, as important
@Children build a healthy body through using their body and taking a walk.
They develop their thinking skills and creativity through reading a picture-book,
listening to story-telling and making things. Among friends, children grow
up while getting to know differences, sharing the same feelings and sometimes
clashing with one another. We aim for richer communication and mental development
by incorporating music therapy and art therapy into our curriculum.
„The feeling of connection to nature
@Nature is inextricable part of our life. We enjoy the changing seasons
and appreciate the wonder when touching insects, birds, and animals. We
share impressive experiences and the delight of discovery through nature
experiences such as walking in nature and planting flowers in a field at
Tanba in Hyogo Prefecture and Hira in Shiga Prefecture. We hope our children
learn to appreciate the importance of life with rich contact between people
Importance of our childcare during infancy
|„A trusting relationship with adults
@Children can build their confidence and trust with others when adults understand and satisfy their needs, or adults are happy for them when they are happy and are comforted when they are sad through the experience of playing together. We try to build a trusting relationship with each child as his or her source of peace.
learn by mimicking
@Children learn by mimicking the person whom they like and can trust. They
become eager to try various things by themselves when adults close to them
try doing things together and understand them. Their interests in play,
life and people will expand.
of Self-assertiveness (not selfishness)
@Children start to express their wants and feelings after the age of one.
Rebellious behavior is sometimes an expression of self-assertiveness, not
selfishness. If you scold them without hearing their side of story, theyfll
lose their motivation. However, we canft allow children to do whatever
they want all the time. Depending on the situation, we listen to them and
explain why we donft want them to behave that way.
„Importance of emotional dependence for childrenfs independence
@Itfs very important for a childfs growth to have their emotional dependence
accepted by adults. .If children can express their emotional dependence,
they can affirm themselves and become motivated to try various things with
confidence. Also, if they can count on adults when they need help, it leads
to their independence. We specially support children who canft express
their feelings and wants well.
„Building relationships with friends while communicating with adults
@Children will have a lot of experience of fighting each other while at
our center. For example, when things donft go as children want, they bite
or scratch their friend, or pretend theyfre giving up, when they actually
feeling patient. In either case, they are desperate and feel, gI have to
do something about this by myself.h Our staff usually try to convey their
feelings to their friend whom they are fighting with. We believe that children
realize other peoplefs feelings and enjoy being together with their friends
by watching adults serve in a mediational role.
is no rush to provide training of meals and potty training during infancy
@First of all, we value childrenfs motivation to eat. Children sometimes
says, gI donft like this.h, and only eat their favorite things. However,
if we force them to eat food they dislike, they might lose their motivation
to eat. If their favorite person enjoys eating, children naturally try
to eat what he or she is eating. It leads to expand their interests in
trying different food.
@The time for becoming independent is different with each person. We donft
worry about the time and place value on childrenfs feelings when they feel
good in the process of having their diaper changed .If we scold them when
they fail, it sometimes affects their confidence, because they get nervous.
We donft scold children even if they fail, we praise them when they succeed,
and warmly watch over their growth.
Supporting the growth of children by working together with their family
|@It is necessary for each adult around the child to take responsibility and cooperate on child-raising. We ask how the child is doing at home and tell his or her parents what he or she is doing at our center during parent-child class, individual consultation and home visit. We look at the whole picture of the child and consult with parents about his or her development. We also organize a group meeting and study session on various subjects, and brain storm with parents. For example, difficulties and problems about childcare, how to interact and build a trusting relationship with their child, building a cooperative relationship with family.