Babies love to move, and all actions are learning activities for them. As your baby tries new skills and masters them--standing, walking, climbing--his/her caregivers responds to his/her growing independece by giving him/her more complicated toys and materials to explore safely.
The program for infants ages six weeks to 12 months is designed to provide a warm, predictable environment in which each child’s uniqueness is respected. The program is structured to promote relationships of trust and attachment between caregivers and babies, and to provide individualized care consistent with each child’s home environment.
- A soothing environment. Babies can get overwhelmed easily, so caregivers make sure the lights aren't too bright, the room isn't too cluttered, and recoreded music is played only once in a while.
- Defined areas. The room is divided into separate areas for sleeping, playing, eating, and changing diapers. That way, everything and everyone stays clean and safe, and playing infants don't bother sleeping ones.
- Secure open spaces (both indoors and outdoors). Babies need to move on firm surfaces without being in a device or carrier--that's how they strengthen their muscles. Plus, they can explore the toys and objects that interst them.
- Simple, interesting materials. The toys and objects can be used in a variety of ways, like baskets and pails that babies use to dump and fill. There are different types of the same toy, like blocks or balls, in various sizes and made out of different materials. When they're a little older, babies compare objects and learn to understand words like big, soft, smooth, and shiny.
- Child-size furniture. Chairs, tables, and shelves are sturdy, safe, and the right size for babies so they can be more independent as they start crawling or walking.