The infant program provides infants 6 weeks to about 12 months with a safe, supportive, nurturing, and stimulating environment. With a small group size, a small child to teacher ratio, and a variety of available play materials, infants thrive in their classroom environment.
The infant program is designed to enhance each child’s individual capabilities at different developmental stages. Materials and activities are varied and frequently changed. Nurturing teachers give the love and individual attention that babies need to form secure attachments. They rock, hold, cuddle, lovingly gaze, soothe, comfort, smile, sing, and talk to each infant throughout the day. Teachers also take special care to meet each child’s needs by offering stimulating activities that help children develop in a natural progression.
Our infants spend much of their waking time on the floor, exploring and playing. Floor time is one of the best ways to support a baby’s physical development and sense of competence. Younger infants are provided with “Tummy Time,” a great way to strengthen the upper torso, which will lead to crawling, and eventually will help with gross motor skills, such as athletics, and fine motor skills, such as writing.
Language and Sensory Development
In our infant program, we also spend a great deal of time on developing language skills. Research shows that the quantity and quality of language heard in the first years of life directly relate to future school success. Language development in infants is more than just babbling. It is also consists of listening, understanding, and knowing the names of things. Therefore, our teachers constantly talk to each baby, respond to infants’ sounds, sing, read, and play music throughout the day. They expose them to new experiences, point to and name objects, and use common words frequently.
Communication and cooperation between parents and teachers is the key to our partnership in providing the best care and education possible. Parents and teachers work together to customize a routine and schedule that is appropriate for each baby’s individual needs. They also discuss the infant’s personality, preferences, development, and activities on a daily basis. At the end of each day, a daily report is given. Parents are encouraged to visit anytime during the day.