For our younger infants, the program involves the daily care of the children; diapering, feeding, interacting, playing and outdoor time. These little ones set their own schedule and the teachers work very hard to accommodate their daily needs. Our teachers work with the parents to develop a feeding schedule, the introduction of new foods and with the transition onto table foods.
With our older infants, the program involves all of the younger program as well as creative activities, gross motor, drama play, sensory and science activities. These old folks are beginning to transition onto the toddler schedule with only one nap after lunch and are learning to feed themselves along with other self-help skills.
Each and every day, the teachers will complete an infant daily schedule for you giving you more insight into their day. It will include such items as feeding; what they ate, how much and what time; diapering; sleeping along with their various activities they participated in throughout the day.
Our infant teachers truly take time to learn the children's development and create programs for them each week. With this age group, we do allow the parents to visit the centre with their child during a transition period. This period consists of two days: The first day the parents visit with their child for one and a half hours & on the second day the child visits alone for one and a half hours. This time allows the teachers to observe the interactions between child and parent as well as helping the parent in getting to know the teachers. We want our parents to feel as comfortable as possible with our program and begin to develop a trusting relationship with us before they leave their little wee ones in our care.
Baby Sign Language
Baby Sign Language is a way to communicate with a baby as young as six months old. Using hand gestures a baby can communicate, often more than a year before they can speak. The staff will work with your baby to learn American Sign Language (ASL). Sign language also minimizes stress for parents & children by allowing your baby to communicate!
Developmental Benefits of Sign Language
Babies who sign develop larger speaking vocabularies faster than their peers. Signing helps babies with language acquisition and acts as a bridge to full speech. So baby signers speak sooner, and learn faster.
Do Better in School
Studies show that the benefits of early baby sign language on language development persist even years after they stop signing. Elementary school children that signed as babies did better in school.