Infant care is a unique form of child care. Our approach to caring for the youngest of our children is to try to provide an environment that closely matches their home environment. We believe no one knows their child better than a parent and developing and maintaining a relationship with the family is key to creating this environment. Open lines of communication are essential to keeping this relationship a successful one. We will listen to what parents have to say about their child and will be a ready resource for information when parents have questions. We feel this is a partnership that will give each infant the excellent start in life that each and every one of them deserves.
Infants learn new things using their senses and their motor skills so our infant curriculum gives them daily experiences that help the infant grow and develop. The following is an outline of the skills we will promote.
Reaching, grasping, rolling, crawling, sitting
Teachers will use small colorful objects to encourage children to reach and grasp, as well as play mats, and mobiles. Floor time will encourage the child move, crawl, and get on all fours and sit up. As children get ready to stand there are many safe objects in the room to use as support. pulling themselves up and holding onto.
Visual discrimination, visual acuity, recognition of familiar objects, visual tracking
The room will contain many colorful objects, mobiles, books, pictures of family and familiar objects. Objects will be placed in close proximity and around the room to encourage a child's developing ability to focus. Teachers will read to children from simple books, play games that involve pictures and other classroom objects. Students will be taken outdoors to experience the sights and sounds of their community.
Experience a variety of textures to fine tune their sense of touch
Toys and surfaces will have a variety of textures for the child to touch. Teachers may; use small shallow tubs of water for water play, take children outside to play in the grass, a variety of age appropriate art materials or use safe play dough for children of this age group.
Hearing conversations, being spoken to, songs and rhymes, variety of music experiences, story telling
Teachers will make eye contact and talk with children while feeding, diapering and playing with them. Teachers can use songs and rhymes to develop the sense of rhythm in language. Teachers will use pictures and objects to tell stories and read simple books to the children. Music will be an important part of the day, tempos and variety will vary throughout the day.