Our infant room is based on the RIE philosophy, which encourages each baby to be on their own schedule. RIE fosters basic trust in the child to be an initiator, an explorer and a self-learner. It also has an environment for the child that is physically safe, cognitively challenging, and emotionally nurturing, including time for uninterrupted play. Our babies are an active participant in their care giving. The caregiver follows their cues to meet their needs. Respect plays an important role in the classroom. The caregiver shows each infant respect, for example, by not picking up an infant without telling him or her beforehand, talking directly to the child, and by waiting for the child’s response. The well being of each individual child is the goal of the caregiver as they work as a team with the parents to form a partnership to benefit each family.