The infant center has three classroom spaces, two nap rooms and a covered porch area for outdoor play. The youngest infants are in the Green Room while older infants are in the Blue Room. Both rooms have two professional staff, along with student teachers, field-work students and student workers who provide the care, nurturing and educational experiences that infants need to build trusting relationships while exploring their environment.
The Infant environment is structured to provide sensory experiences that support active learning. As babies explore with their hands, mouths, eyes, ears and feet, the staff purposefully observes and plays with your baby to see how your child engages with materials, reacts to their surroundings, other children and adults. Using this information, the teachers plan key experiences that support growth in your child’s emotional, social, physical, linguistic, and cognitive areas of learning. These plans are shared with all student staff during their weekly training sessions so children receive consistency and continuity of care.
Much of our day is spent playing, reading, singing and talking with children. Equally important are the “Prime Times” for bonding and building trusting relationships during daily routines. We feel it is important to understand each infant as having an individualized napping, feeding, and diapering routine. The routines are viewed as “prime Times” for learning and special one on one times for building trusting relationships. Napping, feeding and diapering are not rushed transitions; they are learning experiences where children are encouraged to be a part of these routines, when adults spend time talking and singing to children through these routines, and when children respond to the one on one interactions during these routines. Teachers strive to help children assimilate themselves.
As children grow, their individualized routines begin to form a pattern conducive for group feedings and group napping. The infant classroom schedule outlines this difference between children ages 6 weeks to 9 months and 9 months to 17 months.
All children under the age of one year shall be put to sleep on their backs.