Infants are between three and 14 months of age at the time they enroll. We are licensed for seven children, for an adult to child ratio of 1:3 or 2:7.
Infant Program Goals:To provides relationship based care that scaffolds the whole child through play. We use the behavior of the infant as their language to help meet their individual needs. Our curriculum is individualized to enhance cognitive development, foster attachment and building of positive relationships. We provide a language rich environment to enhance and support language development. At OSDC we recognize that all babies have their own unique temperment. We look to their individual uniqueness to help guide our practice.
- To care for infants in a warm, affectionate way that lets each child know that s/he is a special person, including the physical affection and cuddling essential at this stage of development.
- To encourage the development of trust between infant and caregiver.
- To meet each child’s emotional and physical needs.
- To provide opportunities for exploring, learning, and social interaction through a variety of daily activities.
- To support language development.
- To prepare activities to stimulate the senses by recognizing that infants learn through the use of their senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell.
- To care for children in small groups in order to prevent over-stimulation and provide opportunities for 1 to 1 interaction between children and staff.
- To provide opportunities for the use of large and small motor skills development.
- To provide consistency between center care and home care practices that will be most beneficial to the infant and will offer the parents an opportunity to influence the kind of care their child receives.
- However, we recognize that infants may naturally fall into a different schedule and have different needs once in group care.