Infant Program – 6 weeks to 12 monthsRatio 1:3 (with a floating instructor)
Throughout our Infant Program, infant abilities, natural rhythms and feelings are respected and protected in three ways. First, the physical space is safe, unrestricted and interesting to the children. Special attention is given to children’s developing interests; therefore, toys and equipment are chosen accordingly. In an attempt to provide an unrestricted environment, we limit the use of equipment such as “Johnny-Jump-Up’s”, “Exersaucers”, and swings, which tend to limit a child’s movements. Second, a child’s natural body rhythms are respected. Each infant is recognized as an individual with his/her own schedule which changes as the infant grows and develops. Caregivers in the infant program strive to respond to each infant’s needs as they arise. Infants are hugged, rocked, sung to, fed, changed and able to rest according to their own needs. Third, caregivers support the expression of all emotions by validating and acknowledging the feelings that a child experiences.
Additionally, we believe infants’ relationships with adults shape their development and help form a foundation of trust and security. Since the most important relationship in a child’s life is his or her parent(s), they are considered their child’s primary caregivers. Our caregivers will look to parents for information and suggestions on how to best provide support for their child. At the same time, the children develop relationships with our caregivers. These relationships are considered healthy for a child’s growth and development. Children are encouraged to bond naturally and form attachments to all caregivers in the program.