Our "Infant/Toddler Neighborhood" consists of 3 large and spacious rooms for the care of our youngest children. Children join our "Neighborhood" as early as 6 weeks old. The Neighborhood uses our dedicated kitchen space to enjoy nutritious, well-balanced breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day. By having a dedicated area, we are able to keep the lunch area hygienic for eating. "Family Style" dining is enjoyed at each meal. (The Ark is a Peanut Restricted Area for the sake of those children with food allergies.)
Our devoted teachers provide a safe, loving, and comfortable environment that promotes healthy development. The teachers use verbal and nonverbal forms of communication, as well as the child's own senses to assist them with their developmental milestones. We are respectful of each infant's individual "time clock" and mold our schedule to fit your child's need for rest, food, nurture, and stimulation.
Infants sleep in their own crib, and each child has space for their individual belongings and supplies. We pride ourselves in following the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's BACK TO SLEEP Campaign. Tummy time and activity time are exciting and interactive, while naptime has a quiet, calming atmosphere. Each child can take full advantage of the large, reconfigurable play space that occupies the room.
Our recently mobile infants are assisted by our caring teachers in the explosion of exploration as they become aware of their surroundings and explore social interactions with each other. Our experienced teachers provide a variety of activities for the curious explorers to discover their own physical and social needs.
Sensory and environmental cues tell the teachers when the child has advanced to yet another developmental milestone. Our teachers utilize the NH Early Learning Guidelines and "Ages and Stages" to help document each child's developmental milestones.
Our toddlers enjoy plenty of free play, along with brief moments of developmentally-appropriate, structured activities. Our teachers take into consideration that each child is an individual who is now more self-aware of their likes and dislikes. Daily activities, tactile projects, and playtime revolve around individual and group developmental needs. All activities and play promote the healthy development of the social, creative, and mobile toddler. "Using our words," in as many situations as possible is largely encouraged to broaden each child's language skills. Mornings and afternoons are filled with play and exploration. Once a child has successfully reached the appropriate developmental milestones, they transition into "toilet learning."
Would you like to know more about out infant/toddler program? Schedule a visit to see our facilities and meet our teachers or send us a note.