(6 weeks- 1 year and walking)
Welcome to our Infant Class!
Your infant will enjoy the nurturing of our caregivers while exploring the world around them.
Our preschool strives to cultivate warm emotional ties between our teachers and your infant. We maintain a primary caregiver for each infant, allowing these relationships to grow and truly blossom. We use the CDC developmental milestones to encourage your infant to learn, develop and grow in their own unique way. We follow your home schedule in order to make the transition from home to school an easy one. This allows each schedule to be personalized to adjust to your infant's requirements
As you enter the infant room you will immediately feel the supportive family like atmosphere of the surroundings from the rocking chair to the toys and music.
Our immaculate infant room has a "shoes off" policy to ensure a sanitary environment for your infant to safely enjoy crawling on our mat and floor. All toys are sanitized daily, and cleaned after being mouthed by infants.
You will receive pictures of your child during the day as well as a daily report through Tadpole, which gets emailed to you each day to keep you informed of your baby's activities.
In addition, each infant has his or her own crib which is used for one child only.
Our open door policy encourages parents to visit their infant at any point throughout the day.
Infant class curriculum goals
Please keep in mind that each infant will develop and grow at his/her own pace both physically and developmentally. As your baby progresses from one milestone to the next, remember that he/she doesn't really leave any of them behind. In order to grow and develop to his/her full potential he/she must continually build on and strengthen all of the steps that have gone before.
For infants learning and living is the same thing. If they feel secure, treasured, loved, their own energy and curiosity will bring them new understanding and new skills. Babies need social interactions with loving adults who talk with them, listen to their babblings, name objects for them, and give them opportunities to explore their worlds.
**All infant goals to be achieved by the time the child is ready to transition to the toddler room**
- Babbles and imitates sounds
- Uses gestures sounds or facial expressions to communicate
- Points towards wanted objects
- Looks in direction of voices
- Develops interest in books
- Recognizes his name by seven months
- Smiles and laughs
- Begins to make sounds that resemble one-syllable words
- Learns basic sign language example more all done help
- Explores textures
- Plays with a toy for two or more minutes
- Tracks objects with eyes
- Explores with hands and mouth
- Response to voices and looks at faces
- Maintains contact with familiar people
- Makes eye contact
- Feels anticipation of the teacher playing familiar games
- Child feels secure at drop off
- We'll be able to transition to sleeping on a cot at 12 months
- Will not need a bottle at nap time by 12 months
GROSS MOTOR DEVELOPMENT/SELF HELP
- Balance itself in sitting position while being supported by teacher
- Rolls from stomach to back or back to stomach
- Independent upright sitting
- Crawling on hands and knees
- Standing on stable surface and walking along furniture
- Independent walking
- Feeds themselves
- Claps hands
- Raise his head during tummy time
- Grasps and holds objects placed in hand
- Reaches for objects
- Drinks from a sippy cup