INFANTS (6 weeks to 12 months)

chicka_chicka_boom_boomWe want our littlest ones to have the smoothest possible transition from the parents’ arms into our care. Providing a nurturing, safe, and full-of-love environment is our number one priority for the tiniest tots at Small Tales. This age group will be in our “Growing and Learning Room” which is dedicated to introducing the most elementary of learning fundamentals.
Children of this age are in the sensorimotor stage of cognitive development, they rely on their sensory perceptions and motor activities for information and knowledge about the world around them. They are starting to learn and recognize their primary caregivers and initiate social interactions.
Our team will encourage cooing and babbling through talking with infants and playing music for them. We will provide safe exploration with handheld toys, provide times for social interaction and parallel play, support different movement types like crawling, walking, grasping, rolling over and sitting up and we will guide the use of small motor skills through the use of toys with movable parts. Parents will be at ease as our teachers soothe separation anxiety and occupy infants with time for scribbling, ball play, blocks, and introducing colors and shapes.
Our infants will have many “firsts” in this room as they learn to trust and feel comfortable with our caregivers and to explore their surroundings. The “Growing and Learning Room” is a perfect fit for our youngest learners to settle in. They will be immersed in learning about their new environment, finding out their place in the world, fitting in with new friends, and spreading their wings.
We like to pair these themes with Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault’s, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom; This is a simple, fun story of small letters playing together and exploring their boundaries and when they need a helping hand, their parents, aunts, and uncles are there to dust them off!
The bright colors and easy introduction to the alphabet is a great way to simulate young minds and get them off to the right start. Our littlest ones will grow together, with their caregivers, and within themselves while we watch them blossom right before our eyes!

Daily Schedule for Infant Classroom

 Arrival: Teachers greet parents and infant and share important information.

          Daily Health Check

          -Teacher and infant say “good-bye” to parent.

6:30 am – 9:00 am – Breakfast is provided for infants 12 months and older

9:00 am – 9:30 am – Clean-up, brushing teeth and diaper checks

9:30 am – 10:45 am – Free Play/Activities offered/outside experiences

10:45 am – 11:00 am – Clean-up, diaper checks

11:00 am – 11:45 am – Lunch provided for infants 12 months and older

11:45 am – 3:00 pm – Infant schedules are flexible to meet their needs for feedings, diaper changed, nap and play/learning time.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Afternoon snack offered

3:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Continued free play/activities offered.

Departure: Teachers and parents communicate about infant’s day.

*Infant schedules are flexible to meet their needs for feedings, diaper changes, nap and play/learning time.