6 weeks to 18 months
Our Infant and Toddler program provides an enriching environment designed to enhance babies’ development while allowing them to explore and learn at their own pace. We talk to infants, hold them and rock them to encourage their overall development while working on their basic trust. We show each individual baby that his/her needs will be met, and that this is truly a wonderful new world to be in with all sorts of pleasant experiences.
Room to Explore
The classroom is structured so that infants of all developmental stages can learn and explore.
Large Motor Skills Area: To help your baby begin sitting, crawling and ‘waddling’, there are soft spaces, low surfaces and exciting toys to explore.
Fine Motor Skills Area: Here teachers engage infants in playful discovery games to stimulate manipulative skill and strengthen curiosity.
Books and Soft Toys: Along with reading to the infants and toddlers, are encourage to look at, touch (or taste!), books themselves.
Our program offers many new experiences: Jell-o play, oatmeal sensory bin, painting with Freezies, jumping on bubble paper, dancing to music with scarves or hiding in a fort are some of the stimulating activities that will keep the babies amused while learning.
Each baby follows their individual routine, outlined by their parents. The curriculum is designed with the goal of enhancing the rapid changes that occur in your baby’s brain development in the earliest years of life.
Health and Safety Essentials
Personal Crib: You will help customize your child’s sleep environment with their blanket and soft cuddle toy from home and we will ensure the sleep routine is unique to your child, following the same routine that happens at home.
Diapering Bin: We will fill your child’s diapering bin daily with the items that you send in their bag. A fresh outfit, some cream or powder will ensure your child is feeling fresh and clean throughout their busy day! For diapering, staff follow written sanitary procedures to ensure top hygiene practices are adhered to.
Cuddle Mats: There are mats and pillows in the room, for a quiet moment of “cuddles and kisses”, an important opportunity for gentle teacher / child interactions and a soft place to have a bottle.
Fire Procedures and Emergency Exits: Regular training and safety drills are practiced as well as a fire extinguisher in the classroom to ensure your infant’s safety. All staff members are trained in First Aid and Infant and Child CPR.
Typical Infant and Waddler Schedule
The following guidelines are implemented around each baby’s individual eating and sleeping schedules:
Arrival time, breakfast if needed, free play
Morning snack (around 9 am)
Special activities (water play, creative play, puppets, etc.,)
Outdoor play or a walk (weather permitting)
Naps, as needed, throughout the day
Lunch (11:00 am)
Freshen up, brush teeth
Free play, outdoor play
Special activities (blocks, books, music, etc.,)
Afternoon snack (around 3 pm)
Free play, outdoor play