Infants

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Back by popular demand - our infant program. This program is Monday thru Friday, full day, full week only at this time. It is for ages 6 weeks to 20 months. Call if you would like to be on the waiting list.
We expose infants to a variety of sensory experiences inside and outside. We recognize that infants and young toddlers need calm and stimulating experiences. We create floor environments that encourage movement and facilitate a variety of gross motor opportunities by positioning ourselves at the infant's level. We respond to infants' gestures, sounds or facial expressions, and attempt to interpret aloud what the infant is saying. We engage in reciprocal interactions with infants, such as making sounds or smiling. We talk to them right from birth. We sing and read to them. We point out and explain pictures to them. We offer them new and familiar objects to explore. We provide them opportunities for problem-solving, such as find the toy under the blanket. Touch is one of the first senses to develop in utero and newborns can feel the difference between hot and cold, comfort and pain. Being touched and messaged regularly is particularly important for infants.
The environment at our school is organized so that toys: are brightly colored, attractive and eye-catching, are of varying textures, produce an immediate outcome by making a sound or moving, are washable, and are easily graspable, but large enough so that infants could not choke on them. We provide rings and other items for chewing, teething, and exploring. We hang large, simple pictures on the wall that are made up of contrasting colors. We play music softly and purposefully rather than as a constant background. We provide the children with the opportunity to view faces both real and pictured. We provide small mirrors so children can see themselves. And we provide soft, washable books that infants and young toddlers can explore visually and through touch.
Infants and young toddlers will be supported in all areas of development. The development into social beings, the development of strong and healthy bodies, the development of the ability to communicate, and the development of curious minds. The environment supports this development by encouraging independence by placing toys on low shelves within easy reach. We create space both indoor and out that supports young toddlers as they begin to crawl, stand, cruise, walk and even run. Mats, pillows, mattresses, bolsters, cruising rails, and low safe furniture support newfound mobility.  We provide young toddlers with props and toys that support active play. These include: balls of all sizes and textures, push and pull toys, vehicles that can by pushed across the floor and crawling tunnels. Younger toddlers delight in imitating what, they see occurring in their everyday life. We provide pretend play items such as: cloth dolls, doll beds and blankets, safe cooking utensils, play telephones. Young toddlers also enjoy stuffed animals and plastic animals, props, playhouses and small people. Young toddlers also are learning about how ofjects fit into space and how one thing fits into another. We provide them with: stacking rings, nesting cups, pop-up boxes, simple puzzles, pop-up toys, teethers and squeeze/squeak toys, boxes of varying sizes with lids, plastic buckets for dump and fill activities and floating objects for supervised bath or water play. Our young toddlers also enjoy sensory experiences such as regular sand and water play.

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