Ages 6 weeks – 16 months
The goal of the infant program is to promote each child’s developmental potential in a safe, nurturing environment. Infants learn through play with the guidance of consistent and engaging caregivers and teachers. We strive to keep a low infant to teacher ratio to ensure each infant is getting the love and attention they need to foster appropriate social/emotional development. Summit provides infants an environment that encourages movement without containment. Infants are under constant supervision from the time they arrive until the time they leave.
Physical development is emphasized here, since the children are young. Infants are placed on the floor to learn to roll over, reach for toys, crawl, etc. Older infants play for short times in walkers, chase bubbles and they play with building blocks.
For intellectual development, we have stimulating pictures around the room. They are shown books, learn to name body parts, count, ABCs, colors, etc. Children learn social skills by playing together, participating in group time and learning baby sign language. Tending to their needs, cries, responding to their smiles, talking to them and as much physical contact as time allows will help infants’ emotional development.
Each infant brings his/her own sleeping and feeding routine to our room so there is no set classroom schedule. We follow your routine from home. Our teachers partner with parents to meet the needs of the infant throughout the various stages of development. We use an electronic documenting system that allows parents to know when their baby was fed, changed, and napped in real time. Our goal is to have parents feel at ease in knowing how their baby is doing throughout the day.
During their “awake time” we offer a variety of activities to peak interest and learning. They are exposed to every aspect of development: motor, visual, cognitive, social and emotional. Using the Creative Curriculum ensures our infants are hitting milestones in all domains. At Summit we track and monitor the development of each child throughout the day and hold individual conferences twice a year to discuss long-term goals with parents. Plus, every week, Summit provides Busy Bookworms, an enrichment program to all age groups, creating the foundation of literacy and language development.