The first year of life is a critical time for brain development as well as social and emotional development.
Our infant care teachers have specialized training to ensure that they are not only providing excellent child care but are also beginning the learning process that will allow each baby to begin to observe his/her surroundings, to retain information he/she gains from his/her experiences, and to form attachments with others.
The teachers plan activities for each individual child based on the continuous assessment process that is in place. They also work in partnership with each baby’s family to set goals for him/her and to continuously evaluate progress toward these goals.
Watch your Baby Thrive In Our Infant Program!
At the time of enrollment, each infant is assigned to a primary caregiver. Primary care giving provides for continuity of care and allows each baby to develop a secure relationship with someone special in the program. Each infant is on his/her own feeding and sleeping schedule depending on his/her own demands, and each infant develops differently.
Primary caregivers are responsible for managing the blend of the basic care giving needs with the educational needs of each individual child. They work diligently to provide a well-rounded experience for each family in the infant program.
Children may be enrolled in our infant classrooms as young as 2 ½ weeks old and typically begin the transition to the toddler program at 15-18 months old. The decision to make this transition is made cooperatively between each child’s parents and teachers and is based upon each individual child’s skills and needs.
Infants learn many things in a variety of ways from the moment of birth. Each child will develop in their own unique way, but their growth will occur in four main areas.
- Sensory Motor Development can be assessed in the way an infant changes the way it moves around, which is their large muscle development, and does things, which is their small muscle development.
- Language Development is the infant’s ability to listen, understand and use words. Infants will progress from crying to babbling to using a few simple words to express their needs.
- Social-Personal Development consists of the infants growing awareness of themselves, how they feel about others and how they play and communicate to others around them.
- Cognitive Development is the infants growing ability to listen and understand others around them and follow short, easy directions. How an infant thinks, reasons and problem solves are all factors used to assess their individual level of cognitive skills.
ABC Academy caregivers meet with the parents to set individual goals in each of these developmental areas for the infants in their care.
Throughout the day the caregiver has planned activities to play with the babies to aide in their cognitive development skills and personal development skills, and work toward achieving these goals.
What to Expect:
- Developmental Approach to Teaching
- Continuity of Child Care Provider
- Personalized Portfolios for Each Child
- Written Daily Communications Sheets
- Individualized Care and Development Plans
- Designed to Stimulate Your Child’s Learning Skills
A Typical Day in the Infant Room:
6:00-9:00 Infants arrive and are greeted by the staff. Parents relay important information to the caregiver, such as medicine needed, feeding, sleeping, pick-up, etc. This information will be recorded on their Daily Log Sheet. Breakfast is served to the babies.
9:00-10:30 Infants and caregivers enjoy time together playing simple games, singing, stretching and cuddling. They are rocked and fed before morning nap, as needed. Older infants enjoy a circle time together, which may include story time, puppet play, singing and fingerplays. Activity areas are also available for the older infants to explore such as sensory areas, block building, dramatic play and art exploration.
10:30–11:30 Children spend small group time with their primary caregiver and the other children in their group. They enjoy time together outdoors taking a walk, playing games or doing a special activity.
11:30-12:30 The infants are fed. Diapering is done as needed.*
12:30-2:30 During nap time teachers play soft music while the children sleep. Infants who are awake during this time enjoy individual activity time with their caregiver.
2:30-3:00 Infants are diapered individually as they awaken. Children eat snack and get ready to go outdoors if weather permits.
3:00-3:30 Outdoor play time for the babies. Activities may include swinging, sand play, playing with balls, bubble play and small riding toys.
3:30-5:30 Children enjoy a variety of activities such as blocks, nesting toys and dramatic play.
5:30-6:00 Children engage in quiet activities until parents arrive. Caregivers share information of the infant’s day with the parents.
*Feeding and diapering is done throughout the day as needed.
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