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Infant Program

The Infant Program’s number one goal is to help your child learn independence skills whenever opportunities naturally arise. This is done by working closely with you, the parent, and by providing your child with a safe, nurturing environment that caters to their individual needs.

  • A parent is required to spend the first day with their child, allowing the parent and child to become comfortable with the staff and build trust with one another. Parents are also welcome to stay as long as they want every day.
  • Daily journals are kept for each child, allowing parents to stay in touch with their child’s daily activities.
  • Independence is encouraged throughout the day with the exception of separation, where a caregiver is available to comfort any child having a hard time when the parent leaves.
  • Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed any time of the day, or express milk for use whenever they’re unable to be present.
  • Children are never forced to eat and sleep at specific times, but instead are allowed to eat and sleep whenever the need arises.
  • Children are gradually weaned from a bottle to a cup and are allowed to work things out for themselves. When struggling, we help them learn self-calming skills to gain a sense of independence and confidence.
  • Grasping, crawling, walking and other motor skills are gradually developed at each child’s own pace.
  • Teachers speak softly and positively and allow the infant time to respond, which helps develop a communication rhythm. Teachers also read books, sing songs and name familiar objects to help the infant communicate needs confidently and build independence, facilitating their progress into the toddler program.