Infant Room: 6 weeks to 12 months

AT DDELC we value and respect the miracle of all children and we are especially in awe of our youngest members. Between the ages of 6 weeks to 12 months, infants graduate through several developmental stages and it is our job as teachers and caregivers to provide an environment where the child feels safe, secure and ready to explore. The infant room offers a ratio of one teacher for three infants, ages 6 weeks to 12 months. There is a separate napping space where each infant will have their own crib.

DDELC’s infant program focuses on four areas: Fostering a secure attachment through primary caregiving, demonstrating a respect for the child, developing early communication skills and learning through play.

Secure Attachment

Building a secure attachment between caregiver and infant through primary caregiving. Primary caregiving means each teacher will be responsible for the needs and care of a specific child, which allows for a secure attachment to be fostered between caregiver and child.

Early communication skills

Early communication skills are fostered continuously throughout the day with caregivers practicing baby sign with infants and including them in a language rich environment. A strong relationship between infant and caregiver is based on loving and responsive communication. All infants are sang to, talked to, asked questions and provided the tools they need to foster social development both with caregivers and other children.

Demonstrating a respect of the child

The backbone of our infant program is based on love and respect of the child. We build upon that concept by trusting the infant to be competent and capable and to be the initiator of their own schedule and routines. The day is scheduled around child-centered routines, this allowing each child to eat, sleep and have awake time at their own individual pace. We also invite the child to be an active part of all their routines (diaper changing, feeding, dressing etc.). We try to use this time during routines to connect with the child, making their routines a pleasurable experience for the child. We demonstrate our respect for the child every time we interact with them, threating them as a unique human and not an object. an underlying respect for the child. We view the child as a unique individual who deserve respect in every interaction.

Learning through Play

The infant environment is safe, challenging and also predictable, which cultivates gross and fine motor skills, social development skills, and early language skills. We allow the infant ample time for interrupted play, while the caregiver is there to observe and understand the infant’s communication. Instead of trying to “teach” the infant new skills, we value and admire what the babies are actually doing in the moment.