Our infant classroom provides children with a safe and nurturing environment in which to explore their newly developing skills and abilities. On-going, flexible goals are set for each child in the areas of health, safety, emotional well being, self-esteem, and developmental needs. We support children as they develop their large and small muscles; their language; their thinking skills, problem solving abilities, and memory; their social abilities; and their growing sense of self.
The Infant teachers develop close relationships with each baby over the course of the year. We strive to provide care that closely matches the care the child receives at home. Each child's schedule is based on their personal eating and sleeping patterns. The environment is planned to be comfortable and interesting, but not overwhelming, and safe for learning crawlers and walkers.
Six infants are enrolled each year. The infants and toddlers are in the same room; a half wall that children can see through and adults can see over separates the Infant Space. Occasionally a toddler will spend time in the infant space for some quiet play, likewise, an older infant might participate in an activity in the toddler space. There is an adjoining crib room in which each infant has their own crib.
The Infant curriculum emphasizes building relationships between caregivers and babies and caregivers and families. Predictable routines are established for eating, sleeping, play, and exploration. Their play (thoughtfully planned) supports development in language, use of the body, thinking, and use of the senses. Activities are set up on the floor, on blankets, so infants are free to explore. Books are always available for infants to look at on their own or with a teacher. Learning materials are chosen with consideration of children's comfort and safety, the materials' educational value, quality, infant appeal, and cultural diversity. They are sanitized daily. The curriculum includes daily outdoors times.
To allow infants to develop their own schedules, only full-time enrollment is available. Enrollment is limited, and priority is given to families that have an older child already enrolled in the CDC. Families may hold a spot for a child who is not four months by the end of August, by paying the full tuition for the year, although the child does not start until they are four months old.