VALUES

IN OUR INFANT SPACE

  • Experienced and attentive teachers and assistants who focus on each child.
  • A flexible and responsive environment designed to inspire infants to move freely and explore their world.
  • Soft seating, plentiful floor space, and structures for climbing, pulling up, walking, and developing gross motor skills.
  • Multi-sensory materials to enhance tactile experiences and provide for repetition such as filling and dumping, grouping and regrouping, and stacking and knocking down objects.
  • Fine motor materials, such as rattles, blocks, activity mats and percussion instruments, to enhance reaching, grasping, picking up and transferring objects.
  • An extensive board and picture book library
  • A crib for each baby.  No cribs are shared.

SEPARATION

Reggio Emilia’s “Inserimento,” which translated means “settling in,” is the approach our teachers take as they introduce both parents and babies to our environment. The teachers learn as much as they can from parents about each infant’s personality, routines, and needs. To accomplish this understanding, they allow time for parents and infants to separate and become acquainted with the new surroundings. Our goal is for both parents and infants to feel comfortable during this first separation.

SCHEDULE, TIME, & CONNECTIONS

The routine of the day is predictable, but flexible so that the children know what to expect. There is a “child rhythm” embedded in the routine, so each child’s needs and interests are always at the forefront.

Children are given plenty of time to explore and play throughout the day. A gentle routine of free play, songs, rhymes, and rest are accentuated. These little ones explore both in and outdoors. They are never rushed from one activity to another.

Routines, such as sleeping and eating, are given careful attention and considered another part of the curriculum.  Providing rich materials, building relationships, and being present for each child, creates a secure, safe nest in which toddlers can grow and flourish.