Infant Room - 3 to 18 months

Infant Room

In our infant room the goal of our staff is to nurture each individual child with personal care. The emphasis is on that child’s development, focusing activities for that child around their age and developmental level. By keeping each child’s day focused on their individual needs, schedules, and development we are able to create strong bonds, build quality relationships, and foster each infant’s growth at their own pace. Our infant classroom is equipped with developmentally appropriate materials and equipment to enable the children to learn and grow.

Although most of our activities and interactions with the infants take place in their classroom, we also give the infants the opportunity to explore and move in bigger ways in our large muscle room where climbing, crawling, jumping, walking, riding, and throwing balls and much more are encouraged. In addition we have strollers to take the children for walks throughout the building and outside when appropriate to explore and learn about the world around them.

Communication

Because communication is the key to keeping parents involved and aware of their child’s activities and growth while at the center we will provide the following:

  • A daily sheet tracking each infant’s activities, meals, diapering, and sleep.
  • The opportunity to develop relationships between the classroom and the families through our family events and activities.
  • Frequent conversations between teachers and parents either in person or by phone.
  • Our center’s open door policy which allows parents to visit at any time and spend time in the classroom.

Infant Curriculum

Infants develop new skills every day! They explore and learn about their world through their senses and emerging motor skills. They are born curious and ready to learn. We create infant learning environments to provide experiences that respond to infants’ natural curiosity and emerging skills. There are multiple sources of developmentally appropriate stimulation in the classroom. Learning and development for infants includes their total experience within the learning environment.

It is critical that the learning environment is physically safe and clean so that infants can safely explore and interact with the other children, adults and materials in the classroom.

Infants benefit most from individualized care and should be allowed to follow their own schedule for eating, sleeping and playing. Infants are dependent on close, nurturing relationships as the source of positive physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth. Infants learn about their world by observing adult reactions. They develop best when they are assured of having a trusted caregiver who can read their cues and respond to their needs. We understand child development and how infants learn and are able to read and respond to their needs and behavior.

Language development is particularly crucial during the infant period. We provide many opportunities for infants to engage in meaningful dialogue. We acknowledge and encourage the infants’ forms of communication. We actively use and teach Sign Language with the infants. Baby sign gives the non verbal child the ability to communicate and helps to alleviate frustration while they are gaining their verbal skills.

Planning learning experiences around themes is not necessary for infants however in our infant room we accentuate the children’s day with art, sensory, and other activities that have a common theme. Infants do not need their environment to be arranged by learning centers, however, the learning environment includes symbolic, sensory, literacy, curiosity, movement, music, and outdoor experiences.