Our infant program is committed to promoting quality Montessori infant care for children from six months to eighteen months. We believe that your baby should be kept comfortable and content through out the day. Our trained staff will keep careful records of each baby as they develop and grow. The environment for the babies is soothing and happy with soft music playing and the smiling faces of our nurturing staff. The staff communicates with the babies constantly with actions, talking, singing, reading and simply playing with them. To meet the needs of each baby, written and verbal communication is made with parents and caregivers. Infant manipulatives, movements, exercises, actions, poems, songs, facial expressions, finger plays, pictures, books, recognition of sounds of language, first words, recognition of objects, interaction with other babies are some of the many activities we introduce to the babies each day.
Our classroom is based on these key concepts:
- To foster the development of basic trust and to assist in the normal development of the personality.
- Respond appropriately to the infant’s communication of needs to be loved, respected, and accepted.
- Infants learn through their senses. They learn by watching and moving freely. Freedom to move is essential to the development of the infant’s potential.
- The infant is considered as a whole person and is affected by the quality of holding and feeding, as well as the quality of physical care.
The Montessori Infant environment stresses the importance of freedom of movement. The infants are free to move and stretch without restriction. You will notice that there are no “play pens” in our Infant classroom. We take great care in setting up a “whole room play area” which enables the infant to explore a wide range of materials, textures and objects for tactile and visual stimulation.
Language development is also an integral part of the Montessori Infant environment. A teacher’s role is to consciously introduce language through the use of words, pictures, objects and body language. Infants gather their first understanding of the world, and thrive, through this interaction.
We understand that many of the strongest, deepest and longest lasting impressions are formed early on, and we are committed to making this first experience one that is filled with warmth, love and care.