The Hedgehog Room
Whether they’re smiling for the first time, rolling over, crawling, or saying their first words, the infants in The Hedgehog Room are constantly growing, exploring and learning new things.
The Hedgehog Room was designed to provide exceptional care for infants, aged six weeks to ten months. Enrolled families can expect a safe, secure, nurturing, and age-appropriate learning environment. Experienced, well-qualified teachers are staffed at a 1:4 ratio. Teachers are dedicated to responding promptly to every child’s feeding, sleeping, diapering and playtime needs.
Families form partnerships with teachers to develop schedules that cater to each child’s individual needs. Families are provided with daily written reports that accurately summarize the child’s daily activities and record any new developments. In addition to communication at drop off and pick up, families are encouraged to call or visit as desired.
Our teachers provide numerous activities and interactions that stimulate learning and promote growth, while recognizing each child’s individualized schedule. Some activities/interactions include tummy time, group and one-on-one playtime, story time, self-exploration time, as well as an abundance of developmental activities to build strength and mobility.
Children are fed based on their individual schedule and needs. Teachers continually work together with families to review and update the feeding schedule based on the child’s growth (introduction to cereal, baby foods, and solid, table foods).
Melissa Shockley, a co-teacher in the Hedgehog Room, has been with Here We Grow since May of 2005.
Melissa has a lead teacher certificate from MATC and she is also certified in Infant CPR & Safety. Melissa stays up-to-date by attending an abundance of childcare workshops, like language development for infants and child nutrition. Melissa’s expertise in working with infants enables her to provide a safe, nurturing environment where the children are able to explore and grow.
In her free time, Melissa enjoys bowling, watching the Brewers and Badgers, golfing, fishing and spending time with family and friends. She is also a certified cosmetologist.
Danielle Mathews, co-lead in the Duckling Room, has been working at HWGLC since January of 2015.
Danielle received her diploma from Southwest Technical College in Child Care Services as well as her Administrative Credential from UW-Platteville. Before coming to HWGLC, she worked at Child Development Inc. for 5 years. Her experience there included helping in classrooms, cooking and cleaning as well as being a full time Director. She has always loved helping where and when she is needed.
In Danielle’s free time she enjoys reading, running, camping, going to sporting events and spending time with family and friends.