Yellow Ducks

Classroom Description

The Yellow Ducks are the littlest learners at Kid Country. The room is designed to provide a safe, nurturing, comfortable environment to allow little ones to explore their movements and sounds. The staff build nurturing, loving relationships with each child to set the social and emotional foundation of development. With these basics, the Yellow Ducks teachers begin to instill a lifelong love of learning in even our youngest of learners. Yellow Ducks classroom is licensed for 8 children and runs with a 3:1 child to teacher ratio.

Developmental Goals & Objectives

Our Yellow Ducks room is licensed for eight babies ranging in age from six weeks to fifteen months. This room is designed to be a warm, loving environment for our youngest children. We balance caring for the needs of the babies with providing age-appropriate activities. Some of the developmental goals and objectives that we work towards in the Yellow Ducks classroom are: 

  • Forming relationships with adults (baby responding to a teacher during daily routines)
  • Responding to emotional cues (baby smiles at a teacher or child who is laughing)
  • Developing gross and fine motor muscles (sitting, crawling, walking, grasping toys, feeding self)
  • Recognizing non-verbal and verbal cues (turning towards a voice, waving goodbye, using baby signs, babbling, playing pat-a-cake)
  • Showing curiosity and motivation (moving closer to an object to touch it, shaking/banging a toy to make it work)
  • Recognizing and recalling (looking for dropped food, saying/signing common objects in sight)
  • Developing early literacy skills (viewing/reading books, introducing new vocabulary during every day activities)

Daily Schedules

This is a sample of a typical day for an infant in our program. This schedule will be adjusted to meet the needs of each individual child in our care. The most important part of the day for infants is the relationships they build. Emphasis will be placed on building these relationships.

  • 6:00 am – 6:30 am Play
  • 6:30 am – 7:00 am Breakfast
  • 7:00 am – 7:15 am Diapering / Handwashing
  • 7:15 am – 9:15 am Nap
  • 9:15 am – 10:45 am Feeding
  • 10:45 am – 11:15 am Diapering / Handwashing
  • 11:15 am – 12:00 Outdoor play
  • 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Diapering / Handwashing
  • 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch
  • 12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Play
  • 1:30 pm – 1:45 pm Diapering / Handwashing
  • 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm Nap
  • 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Feeding
  • 3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Diapering / Handwashing
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Outdoor play
  • 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm Diapering / Handwashing
  • 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm Play

Miss Emily

Title: Lead Teacher - Yellow Ducks
Experience: Miss Emily is our Yellow Ducks lead teacher and has been employed at Kid Country since 2010. She holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education leadership from Rasmussen College and level 2 Early Childhood Education & level 2 Infant/Toddler credentials from the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Professional Development system.

Classroom Statistics

Classroom Licensed Child:Teacher
Yellow Ducks 8 children 3:1