Have you ever worried whether your baby is safe with the infant carer? Read this article to know what goes on at an infant care centre.
When it’s time to leave her baby at the infant care centre, a thousand odd doubts usually crop up in a working mummy’s head. “What if she refuses the bottle? There are so many babies here, are they even going to notice him? What if he falls? Is she going to miss me? I hope she won’t hate me for this?”
Well mummies, relax. We decided to ask Madam Intan Binte Ismail, Infant Educarer at NTUC My First Skool @ Block 742 Woodlands Circle, on what it means to be an infant educarer and what your baby is usually up to in an infant care centre.
Madam Intan starts off with, “Not many people will see an Infant Educarer as a Professional but I am proud to say that I have never ever regretted being one. It has been a wonderful journey and a good learning experience for me”, she says.
Life as an infant educarer
But doesn’t she ever get stressed amidst all the confusion and chaos of an infant care centre? “There are challenges in every workplace and as an infant educarer, our main challenge is to gain trust from our parents.”
“Parents look forward for alternative care but they also have doubts about leaving their young infants in group care. We work towards building a trusting relationship with both the infants as well as with the parents. Respect is the key in this relationship. ”
The prepared environment is vital in infant care. The educarer, as a constant observer, must know the needs of each infant and plan carefully so that those needs can be met.
Madam Intan elaborates,”We spend the whole day making sure the routines such as, feeding, napping and diapering are well taken care of. On top of that, we plan activities that cater to their milestones and interests.We interact with them, we attend to their needs promptly and that helps to build the trust between infants and their educarers, and by talking and interacting with them daily, we are developing their language skills too.”
Do parents trust her?
Parents these days seem to be torn between choosing a maid and opting for infant care, when it comes to looking after their babies. Does she ever feel overburdened by the weight of these parental expectations?
To that she replies, ”We need to be professional by constantly assuring parents that their child is in good hands.We do that by keeping our communication channels open, we answer their queries, we keep them updated about the day’s happenings and display photos of infants in action at the parents’ corner.”
“Parents’ anxieties will gradually be reduced when they see that their child’s well-being is our priority. Their trust will be built over time, some take 2-3 months, while some may take as long as 1 year. It is our responsibility to continue to work towards gaining their trust.”
Madam Intan’s hard work has already been recognised. Go to the next page to know more!