Infant Program

The Infant Program uses the Creative Curriculum Infant approach in the classroom. Parents are informed of their child’s progress in the areas of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, through written developmental observations, and teachers are available for conferences. Activities and equipment are rotated to provide for a variety of learning experiences. Toys are washed daily and mouthed toys are washed in between use.   Infants follow individualized daily schedules. Snacks, meals, diaper changes and naps are provided according to your baby’s needs. Younger infants play freely with age-appropriate toys and books. Older infants crawl, climb, and move around freely with teacher interaction and supervision. There is always a lap available or a cuddle from one of our teachers.

Goals and Objectives

1.Physical/Gross motor Development
a. Control of arms and legs.
b. Moving from place to place by rolling, creeping, crawling, and walking.
c. Climbing on objects such as a slide, et.
d. Pulling self up.
e. Kicking and throwing balls or other objects.

2.Fine Motor Development
a. Is to be able to grasp objects with thumb and forefinger.
b. Is able to hold objects and manipulate them well.
c. Is able to put objects in container.
d. Is able to scribble with crayon.
e. Is able to feed self and drink from a cup.

3.Cognitive Development
a. Can pick up and manipulate objects.
b. Remembers familiar things.
c. Can use several senses at once.
d. Can solve simple manipulative problems.
e. Explores new approaches to problems.
f. Imitates people and/or noises.
g. Begins to use language.

4.Social Development
a. Responds differently to different people, may prefer primary caregiver.
b. Babbles to self and/or others when talked to.
c. Plays games with people (peek-a-boo, patty-a-cake, etc.)
d. Sensitive to and interested in the moods and activities of others.
e. Asserts independence.

5.Emotional Development
a. Shows wide variety of feelings/uses voice to express them.
b. Smiles at self in the mirror.
c. Sees difference between self and rest of the world.
d. Encourage self-independence.

Activities

1.Physical/Gross Motor
a. Variety of washable objects within reach of infant for him/her to reach/stretch for.
b. Slide and climbing equipment for climbing.
c. Plastic or wooden cars or trucks for riding on or pushing.
d. Low platform to provide a variety of levels to explore.

2.Fine Motor
a. Playing with blocks and manipulative (grasping toys).
b. Turning the pages of a book.
c. Dropping or throwing balls or different objects.
d. Shape sorters and cause/effect games.

3.Cognitive
a. Encourage curiosity by providing a variety of small objects of different textures, shapes, and sizes.
b. Give plenty of opportunities for child to develop self-help skills i.move objects out of reach so that he/she has to move to get to them.
c. Easy problem solving games.
d. Large beads for snapping together, building blocks, stacking and nesting toys, etc.
e. Provide beginning sign language for infants.

4.Social
a. Mirrors provide opportunity for infant to develop self-image.
b. Talk to infant, especially during care giving.
c. Encourage and provide opportunity for self-help skills such as using cup and spoon.
d. Allow infant to interact with the other children.

5.Emotional
a. Provide for attachment needs as infant needs to develop a primary relationship.
b. Allow opportunities for uninterrupted concentration.
c. Music for dancing or relaxation.