Our Growing Up on Our Block curriculum starts with infants as young as six weeks. At birth, children’s greatest developmental need is to learn to trust. This curriculum builds a foundation for them to learn this and other vital skills for success.
Infants need to know someone really cares about them. They will grasp this concept through the tone of voice and gentle touch a caregiver uses. Once they know that someone really cares about them, they can more confidently discover the world around them and develop a stronger sense of self.
At Growing Room, we offer individualized infant care through our Primary Caregiver Program. Each baby has a primary caregiver who is responsible for consistently providing care and working with infants and parents as they progress through infancy. This caregiver will also pro33vide exciting activities appropriate for the child’s development. We use the “Active Learning for Infants” curriculum in all of our infant classrooms. This program will help the infants grow and develop throughout the first year of life. Our aim is to provide experiences to assist children in creating a picture of who they are, what they can do, and what they think and feel. We want to show them that they are important, unique and competent. We strive to accomplish this through the following key experiences…
- Listening and talking
- Books and pictures
- Conversations and sounds
- Large muscles: rolling over, sitting, crawling, standing and walking
- Small muscles: grasping, picking up, dropping and changing hands
Learning from the World Around Them
- Nature: outdoor play and water play
- Five senses
- Shape, size and color
- Tasting food
- Developing a sense of self: mirror play
In addition to the planning caregivers do for our infants, they also work together with parents to build a partnership. This partnership can be developed through personal care plans, daily conversations about activities and foods their baby enjoys, a sense of home being brought into the classroom (family pictures, favorite blankets, tapes of parents’ voices, etc.), and parents visiting and spending time in the classroom. This partnership along with consistent, individualized care is key to the development of trust.