Infants

6 weeks through 12 months * 1:3 Ratio * Class Size 6

Infants 1The first year of life is a critical time for development. Responsive, language-rich attention is essential for the optimal development of your infant and our program is planned to meet this need.  Individual schedules, a loving caregiver, a day full of hugs and kisses and slow, leisurely caretaking activities make each day special.  The program provides:

Personal Care Plans
Parents and the primary caregiver establish a personal care plan that is continually updated to ensure that care routines are personalized.

Language Envelop
Very young babies spend time each day with their primary caregiver. Every sound and movement of the baby is met with a warm response: a word, a smile, a touch that signals, “You are special.”

Open Door for Parents
Teachers understand that the parent-child relationship is primary and parents are encouraged to walk in anytime with ideas, questions, or concerns.

Teamwork
Teachers observe and share observations to ensure that each infant’s cues, needs, and strengths are recognized and understood and that care is responsive.

Infants 2Lets Read:

Long before they understand the words and pictures, infants benefit from the joy of sharing a book in the arms of a caring adult. Reading begins with young babies and gains momentum as the child matures. On laps, on the floor, and as they drift off to sleep, infants experience the magic and wonder of books.

Trained teachers write individual lesson plans for each infant.  Some of our activities might include puppet play, water play, songs, and finger plays, blowing and catching bubbles, and other sensory motor activities.  Healthy Beginnings (Johns Hopkins University, Center for Technology in Education)is an instructional and assessment system designed to provide a common understanding of what infants need to know at each stage of their development.  Our teachers are trained in this Maryland State Department of Education system.

Infants 3Our curriculum is designed to maximize:

Personal and Social Development:
Forming attachment to teachers and classmates, laughing, exploring, reaching out, imitating

Language Development:
Reading and language play, enjoying and experimenting with sounds, babbling, imitating, responding

Cognitive Development:
Playing, exploring, coordinating movements, tracking, learning that objects have permanence, causing things to happen, pretending

Physical Development:
Reaching, grasping, kicking, holding, pulling and standing, creeping and crawling in, out, over, under.

Infants 4Meals: 

Parents provide all food and bottles until the infant is able to eat Creative Beginnings lunches and snacks.

Healthy Beginnings: http://marylandhealthybeginnings.org

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