Welcome to our infant room, which
is designed for young infants not yet walking. Within
this room caregivers work with families to learn
the schedule of each individual infant and establish
consistent routines. Each moment of an infant's day
is important. Within an infant caregiver relationship,
bonds will form as the infant feels secure, builds
trust in being well cared for and loved. This bond
supports the love and emotional security of his or
The infant is learning throughout his day through
taking in all the sensations seeing, hearing, smelling,
touching, tasting, and moving. Caregivers control
these sensations through learning the communication
signals of the infant knowing how to engage, calm
alert infants to promote optimal development. Infants
move from reflexive movement patterns to learning
to control their movements. The infant caregivers
at Dartmouth Children's Center are
trained in the developmental movement patterns
infants go through and challenge infants with appropriate
toys and cushions for positioning.
As infants begin to take their first steps and
move about their environment, they transition into
the infant/ toddler room designed for older infants
and younger toddlers. Motor skills, language and
thought are rapidly developing. The environment
is rich with movement exploration, push pull toys,
crawl and climb toys designed for safety. Teachers
challenge children with imitation skills, provide
toys for thought development such as cause effect,
stacking, hiding games. Teacher's model language.
Our front infant/toddler
room is an active room. Infants and Toddlers use
their whole body to explore. A safe and well-planned
environment is crucial for their well being. Caregivers
are present to assist toddlers in an environment
which is set up to peak their exploratory interests.
Toddlers want to try things on their own. They are
working on forming the language to express their
feelings. Teachers provide patient guidance and redirection
in assisting children to control behavior and impulses.
They begin to provide them with choices and provide
positive attention for appropriate behavior. Frequent
testing and expression of opposition are recognized
as part of normal development. The Older infants
/ toddler's schedule is routine which allows children
to develop an internal sense of time and predictability.
The program and environment are individually designed
to meet the needs of the families and children
enrolled within a holistic developmental framework.
Communication with families will be available
through multitude of means including daily direct
verbal conversation, written reports on daily schedule
and needs, access through voice mail and e-mail
for those times when you think of something you
want to remember to discuss.