Location: Sunny Days Day Care
This day care center is a good base for study in this field. Unlike most other day care centers, this center is Spanish speaking but is not exclusive to infants of Spanish origin or background. The center is open to infants of all ethnic backgrounds and the purpose is to teach a second language at an early age when it is easiest to pick up.
The Nurse to infant ratio is: 2:6
The children can attend between the hours of 9.30 and 18.00
Breakfast, lunch and tea provided along with fruit time
Child A (of English background)
Child B (of English Background)
Child C (of Spanish Background)
Child D (of Spanish Background)
Child E (of other background)
The Teacher explained to me that from her experience it usually takes
around one year and sixth months for a young child to become fluent.
The teacher spoke to him in Spanish and then repeated what she had
said in English- in order to aid the understanding and learning
process for the subject, this method seemed beneficial as the infant
responded and appeared to have a good level of comprehension.
Occasionally engaged only in solitary play although not isolated
Had a very short attention span and varied her play continuously
although this probably had no link with her learning skills it was
noticeable that she did not pick up Spanish as fast as the other
children, but this is most likely just an individual trait.
In contrast to the first two subjects, this infant only spoke Spanish
on his arrival to the day care centre but he soon learnt English the
play and interaction with the other children- this method seems
successful because the vibrant mix of children have all learnt from
each other and the language barriers are lifted.
The oldest of the group she is fluent in Spanish and English and this
is conveyed through her confidence with peers and staff, she displayed
some obvious leadership skills but also was willing to help the
Child E: Seemed to have benefited immensely to this type of day care
and was an exceptionally fast learner, as he was only two years of age
and fluent in both Spanish and English.
One of the most noticeable things about the centre was the environment
itself because unlike the traditional nursery will one larger space
this centre had several different spaces for the children to explore
and they were never restricted to a particular space.
All of the children have their own coat peg that is personalised with
their name and photograph.
One of these was a room specifically tailored for the infants...