Infant Program ~ 8weeks to ~18 months old

Infant

The experiences infants have during the early months of life are crucial to healthy brain development. Lots of personal attention and interaction between our staff and your infant will promote basic intellectual and social skills. I believe that singing, reading, and talking are just some of the behaviors that support development during this critical stage. Our infant program offers a safe and nurturing environment for your child to grow.  All infants have their own schedule and we work with each parent to ensure that their child feels safe and needs are met at all times. We know that our littlest ones needs are highest.

Curriculum is vital for even our youngest learners.  Our educated and experienced staff provides a weekly curriculum which focuses on cognitive, motor and self-help skills. We also introduce our infants to sign language at 4-6 months of age to facilitate communication.

Sign Language

Babies are ready to communicate with us before they can speak.  It can be very frustrating for our little ones when they want to tell us something and we do not understand them.  There has been a lot of research lately that shows babies can learn sign language!  By learning signs babies can communicate at an earlier age.  They are also much happier because their needs are being met more often. I feel it is important to provide our toddlers with an environment full of language learning experiences.

While infants and toddlers have a desire to communicate their needs and wishes, they lack the ability to do so clearly because the production of speech lags behind cognitive ability in the first years of life. Proponents of baby sign language say that this gap between desire to communicate and ability often leads to frustration and tantrums However, since hand–eye coordination develops sooner than acquisition of verbal skills, infants can learn simple signs for common words such as "eat", "sleep", "more", "hug",  and play" before they are able to produce understandable speech.

Your infant will learn the following age-appropriate social, emotional, physical, and intellectual skills in our care.

    Social

  • Engaging with others by expressing needs through babbling, gestures, and facial expressions

  • Imitating teachers’ speech rhythms and inflections

  • Interacting with picture books, puppets, and photo cards

  • Listening to stories, songs, rhymes, and finger plays

    Emotional

  • Engaging in sensitive, responsive interactions with highly attentive teachers

  • Exploring self-expression through creative arts and play

    Physical

  • Lifting head, rolling from side to side, and crawling

  • Practicing standing and walking with direct support from attentive staff

  • Coordinating body movements through music and dance

  • Tummy time activities

    Intellectual

  • Exploring the environment through the five senses

  • Engaging with objects of different shapes, sizes, and textures

  • Experimenting with concepts of spatial orientation and cause and effect

Your baby enters her second year and becomes a toddler, crawling vigorously, starting to walk and even talking a little. Exploring the boundaries established by your rules and her own physical and developmental limits will occupy much of her time for the next few years.

                             

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