6 Weeks-16 Months
Our infant room consists of a main playroom and two small nap rooms, one of which has a quiet area for nursing mothers. For the majority of the day, children are allowed to freely explore the room, which has infant accessible shelves, play mats, and infant equipment. As well, infants do art projects and sensory activities daily. There is a group time during which the infant teachers sing songs, teach infant sign language, and read stories. Throughout the day, infants are exposed to both English and Spanish.
In our infant room, our goal is to help infants create trusting bonds with their teachers and other infants. We also like to help infants get used to having a regular daily schedule that includes time for rest and time for play. Infants are encouraged to explore different environments, senses, and experiences in a controlled environment.
We give infants a month to transition to the toddler room. Often, it doesn’t take the full month, but we like to ensure each child is guaranteed the time they need to transition. Infants will start to visit the toddler room a month before their transition date. This way, they become familiar with their new teachers and other children. During their transition, they spend part of each day in the toddler room, the time increasing as the child’s comfort level increases.