Infants are our youngest learners. At birth, babies begin to learn to trust. This builds a foundation for them to learn other important skills. Infants grasp these concepts through the tone of voice and gentle touch a caregiver uses.
At Growing Room, we utilize the shared care approach, so that the unique needs of each infant is known to all teachers in that classroom. Our caregivers will provide activities appropriate for your infant’s development, which goes beyond traditional infant daycare.
We use the “Baby Doll Circle Time” curriculum which helps infants grow and develop throughout the first year of life. It is our goal to provide experiences to assist children in creating a picture of who they are, what they can do, and what they think and feel. We want to show them that they are important, unique and competent.
Working with your infant to help develop their language skills includes:
- Listening and talking
- Books and pictures
- Conversations and sounds
Developing the physical skills as your infant grows, focuses on:
- Large muscles: Rolling Over, sitting, crawling, standing and walking
- Small muscles: Grasping, picking up, dropping and changing hands
Learning from the World Around Them
Teaching your infant about many of the wonderful things that surround their daily lives includes:
- Nature: Outdoor and water play
- Five Senses
- Shape, size and color
- Tasting food
- Developing a sense of self: Mirror play
Our infant caregivers strive to build a partnership with parents. This will include working together to develop personal care plans, having daily conversations about activities and foods your baby enjoys, bringing a sense of home into the classroom (family pictures, favorite blankets, tapes of parents’ voices, etc.), and having you visit and spend time in the classroom. This partnership, along with consistent, individualized care, is key to infancy development.