3 Months-18 Months
Infants are given a wide variety of opportunities to explore their environment daily in a safe and attentive atmosphere. Some activities in their daily routine may include, but are not limited to gross motor development opportunities, tummy time, outdoor play, sensory, music, and literacy opportunities. Our activities are based on the growing needs of the children.
Every classroom has their daily routine posted on the parent information board and in the classrooms. Infants do not have a set schedule for activities as their care is based on their individual needs. However, there is a general flow to the day to provide them a sense of security in understanding what to expect for all programs, including the Infant program. The daily routine includes feeding, diapering, and napping rhythms, while offering supplemental activities to promote and extend your child’s natural development.
Baby-led weaning is the process of letting infants feed themselves with solid food without purees, baby food, etc. . This process typically starts at about 6 months. We would provide the infants with AM Snack, Lunch and PM Snack. Our chef provides foods cut into finger length and shaped as a triangle to prevent choking. Teachers assist in this process and are actively supervising children as they eat. Baby-led weaning allows for children to explore new foods and the goal is to have infants try at least 100 different foods by the age of one years old.
18 Months-36 Months (1.5-3yrs)
Toddlers are given a wide variety of opportunities to explore their environment daily in a safe and attentive atmosphere. Activities begin to introduce emotional literacy concepts, self-regulation methods, problem solving and conflict negotiation, as well as basic academic concepts found in the world around them and supported by the program environment.
The toddler routine is simple and predictable with as few transitions as possible. Daily activities include large group music and movement, meal times, outdoor play, napping, and indoor play.
During infancy and toddlerhood, children go through a dramatic language development stage. With that being said, we foster their development as best we can through sign language, by continuously talking to them, with them and around them. By the end of 24 months, it is typical for a child to be able to speak about 50 words or more and the language development grows from there. We utilize sign language in both programs in order to support their language development.
*For more in depth information on our policies and philosophies specifically relating to our Toddler Program. Please read the Toddler Welcome Letter posted below*