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Infant classroom

(6 weeks to 16 Months)

Infant classroom

A child’s brain develops through early experience and interaction with their environment and peers. An engaging environment results in healthier development.

infant toddlers

By age 3, researchers say, 90% of the child’s brain has developed, which underscores the importance of early childhood experiences and learning. 

Sensory play and materials with different textures, sounds and colors, as well as age-appropriate toys, are combined with communication to promote positive outcomes in all stages of development in our infants and toddlers.

According to Erik Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development, the sense of trust versus mistrust stage in children begins at birth and continues up to 18 months. Therefore, Developing and gaining the trust of our young children in safe environment, the teachers of Kids Academy in infant program follow these recommendations of McCormick foundation to:

  • Provide affection, which comforts our babies and communicates love to our young children.
  • Be responsive to all babies’ cues.
  • Massage our infants. 
  • Hold babies when they are fed.
  • Offer eye contact with our babies.
  • Hold babies during book reading.
  • Hug our children often.
  • Talk to our babies early and often.

The infant classroom follows a low ratio of one teacher to four children. Kids Academy teachers work on an individual need basis and follow the schedules of each infant. We provide formula and baby food. Parents also are welcome to bring their own labeled food/formula or breastmilk. In this classroom, for infants, teachers complete a daily information sheet for parents regarding diaper changes, feeding and naps.

A Note from the Infant Teaching Team:

The average adult’s brain is 75% larger than that of an infant at birth. Therefore, an infant brain’s size is only 25% of an adult. How can we, in the infant classroom, promote your child’s cognitive, physical, social and language development? The answer is by fostering love, patience, teaching to the individual child’s needs, compassion, plenty of hugs, engaging conversation, reading, encouragement and learning.

We spend time with each child to gain their trust with our caregivers. During this time, teachers make eye contact, holding, talking, smiling and singing during feeding to promote connection between us and the cognitive development of your child. 

For teachers in the infant classroom, the constant question is how can we promote a child’s development from one stage to the next one? That’s why our classroom is filled with showing excitement and celebrating your child’s milestones such as: smiles, eye contact, movement, rolling over, sitting, feeding themselves, crawling, saying words, standing and walking. We provide all these activities through play, music, creativity, books, sensory play, and repetition. Indeed, your child’s smiles and hugs brighten our days.