Non-mobile Infant Program
6 weeks to 12 months
The infant program emphasizes a nurturing environment, introducing babies to healthy social and emotional interaction, language acquisition, body awareness, and motor control.
The Center believes each infant has his or her own schedule. Therefore, our infant program is designed around this concept. The day includes napping, eating, quiet play, activity time and outside time.
A trusted caregiver provides for changing, feeding, cuddling and nurturing. An early childhood professional will plan an educationally sound group experience. By combining a family-type experience and a group experience the child will have the best of both worlds.
The curriculum of an infant program includes providing infants with a wide variety of activities and experiences that will enable them to develop new skills and learn more about their world. An infant program is more than the children in the program and the people who provide the care for those children. It is the place where adults set up an environment for young human beings to grow and develop in their own way and in their own time. Our infant program is designed around the physical, emotional, social and educational needs of children. Given the diversity in ages, the children each have different developmental needs that are considered when setting up and planning activities for them.
Babies love rattles. They use long, round, shining, hard squeezable, noisy, or musical rattles for looking, listening, grasping, chewing, banging, shaking, and so on. This helps infants gain physical mastery with manipulative materials and also provides them with additional sensory stimulation and perceptual experiences.
This area of the room might contain mobiles, objects suspended on yarn and playthings attached to the wall. Through successful reaching: the infant can then bring other aspects of their environment under control; expand his/her exploration of playthings; and spend small periods of time involved independently in play activities.
Babies are continually trying to fathom the working of toys and objects as they play with them and change them in some way. In addition, toys that are rich in a variety of textures, shapes, sizes, sounds, weights, and colors, can be exciting for infants. For this reason, our Center provides a large variety of manipulative toys to help your child gain further knowledge through new experiences.
4. Listening and Talking
In order to learn to talk, a baby has to have other people talk to him/her. Babies learn to talk by listening, copying, and slowly making their own sounds into words that can be understood. At the same time a baby is learning to talk out loud, he/she is also learning to think with words. This silent use of words is just as important as talking out loud because it will help him/her think and remember throughout his/her life.
5. Physical Development
Babies like to be active and to move whenever they get the chance. As their large muscles grow stronger, they learn to hold up their heads, roll over, reach, sit up, crawl and walk. They also learn to use their small muscles to grab and let things go, to pick up tiny things with their fingers, to hold thing in both hands at the same time and to get their hands to work together.
6. Creative Activities
Babies enjoy music, art, block play, and dramatic play. Music is one of the first ways a caregiver and baby can listen and talk to each other. Moving to music seems a natural way to show love to babies. To hold a baby and move back and forth with him/her is relaxing for the baby. Songs help babies fall asleep or surprise them into laughter.
Both art and block activities help babies learn what they can do by themselves. Art begins for babies as they watch brightly colored mobiles or raise their heads to see the pictures you put up. They learn more about art as they have chances to make things change around time. Making a brightly colored ribbon tied to their wrist flutter in the air, crumpling a piece of tissue paper, or making a mark with a crayon are baby art activities. Ideas for block building begins as babies find out how blocks look, feel, stack and fall. Babies can start to take part in dramatic play as they use toy dishes, dolls, hats, and toy animals. Make believe is a safe way for children to explore their feelings and ideas.
Our goals for infants include:
· Promoting muscular control
· Develop eye-hand coordination
· Respond to sounds
· Enhance emotional and social development
· Enhance locomotion and manipulation
· Awareness of the senses
· Discovery through the senses
· Develop language skills
· Promote physical development