6 weeks – 16 months
Our Infant program works with our families to build a routine for their baby that works not only at school but at home as well. Teachers and parents work closely together, getting input from one another on what is best for their child’s needs as they move through the milestones.
- Control intake of food and liquids
- Forms bonds with caretakers
- Tummy time which builds muscle to control limbs
- Balance of 1:1 attention with practiced independent play and self-regulation
- Explore with hands and fingers
- Listens and makes noise
- Learns to walk, crawl, and climb
- Introduction to sign language
- Imitates sounds and movements
- Learns from others around them
Your Infant’s Day
Depending on your infant’s level of development, their day will encompass the following activities:
Core Learning Time
In our infant rooms, children work on controlling head movement and focusing their eye-hand coordination.
Large Group Time
Introducing children to groups gets them comfortable being around their peers. This is also where teachers bring out props and visuals for the children to touch and explore. While talking to the babies, we work on using key, one-word phrases and encourage them to participate in holding each item.
Small Group Time
Small group activities allow teachers to focus on individual skill development. While at the small group table, children have time to feel various items with different textures. Water splashing at the table and popping bubble wrap are favorites.
Active play in an infant room consists of teachers playing on the floor with children. During this time, children work on upper body strength while doing tummy time, crawling through tunnels, pushing walkers and visiting the older baby/toddler playground. These activities help build large motor skills and confidence in exploring their surroundings.
Meals & Snacks
Infant meal time is about bonding and one-on-one time for all children. Teachers and parents work together when introducing new foods to children. Children also work on self-help skills during meal times.
Rest time is critical in an infant’s development as it gives children a chance to work on self-soothing skills. Rest schedules are based on the needs of every individual child.