ALL DAY LEARNING CENTERS

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Longships Complex

170 Township Line Road, Building B

Hillsborough, NJ  08844

908-359-0803

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Infant Program

 

 

Ages 6 weeks up to 18 months

 

At ADLC, we understand that infants necessitate much individual care and nurturing.  This is why our program is designed to duplicate the loving care and gentle stimulation that infants require to grow and develop to their fullest potential. 

 

Our infant caregivers are experienced and familiar with the key developmental milestones and methods that encourage social, language, and intellectual curiosity.  We understand that infants develop at their own pace and grow at their own appropriate level, not necessarily by age. 

 

How will my infant get the personalized care he or she needs?

It is important that your child form a bond with a person that your child recognizes, wants to be with, and feels secure with. This is why each of our infants is assigned a "primary caregiver".  The roll of the primary caregiver is to ensure that the individual children in their care adhere as closely as possible to the schedule provided by the parent, to provide support and guidance during routines and play, to meet each individual need, and to provide stimulating and encouraging interactions throughout the day.  Each primary care giver has no more than four infants in their care.

 

Your infant’s primary caregiver creates lesson plans with activities and experiences tailored to your child.  These individualized plans are developmentally appropriate and meaningful, responding to your child’s strengths, interests, and needs.  Each day your child will thrive as he or she:

  • Play!  Play is an important component of our program. The teachers guide children during play to enhance the learning experience and help develop key motor and cognitive skills. Play is guided so that the child always feels a sense of accomplishment and growth. 

  • Create and Explore!  The creative process begins in infancy.  Art and sensory activities encourage development in all of the learning domains, including language, cognition, physical, social-emotional, and scientific.  Art with infants is open-ended, allowing them to experiment with new materials.  Each week infants of all ages are encouraged to express themselves creatively in one way or another.

  • Listen, sing, and dance to music!  Music and creative expression are exceptional tools in teaching the young child.  Listening to music helps foster language development while moving to music builds coordination and rhythm.  

  • Read!  Reading is a critical part of our program.  Fostering a love of reading and books begins in infancy and creates great reading habits for life.  The children are read to on a daily basis, at least twice a day.

  • Exercise!  Exercise is beneficial for people of all ages.  When infants move and have the opportunity to exercise, coordination and agility accelerates, as does flexibility and strength.  Before infants are mobile, caregivers will get on the floor along-side each infant and encourage grabbing, reaching, and stretching.  Baby massage is used to give muscles a slight workout and to help with relaxation.  Older, more mobile infants will utilize our large open area or specialized playground to climb, run, and sometimes maneuver an obstacle course.  Care givers find fun and stimulating songs, dances, and games that promote continued movement and muscle strengthening. 

 

Now that you know what your infant will do in our infant program, take a look at what a day in the infant room will look like!

 

 

Even infants can start the day with circle time!  These infants eagerly wait for their care giver to join them and sing some songs, such as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “Pop Goes the Weasel”.

 

 

The infant room has a myriad of toys, each suited for varying ages and stages of development.  These three infants happily explore their surroundings in their own way – one confidently climbing, one just beginning to walk, and one able only to sit up.  All smile as their primary care giver snaps a picture!

 

 

Toy shelves are low enough for infants to easily and safely access toys, but high enough to challenge developing muscles.  This infant carefully pulls himself up in order to reach the bright orange toy he has had his eye on all day.

 

 

It is exciting when something new appears in the infant room!  These infants first “check out” the big yellow school bus before climbing in.  Soon they will be singing the song, “Wheels on the Bus” with their teacher.

 

 

 

What is one of an infant’s favorite things to look at?  A human face, of course!  Infants play many mirror games with their care givers.  These mirror games help infants learn how to focus, track images, and explore the wonderful things a face can do. 

 

 

During a unit on winter, infants learn about cold weather.  This infant first touches the colored ice cube after it is placed in front of him.  His care giver will encourage him to explore the ice with all of his senses – what does it look like?  What does it feel like?  What does it taste like?  What does it sound like when it is dropped?

 

 

 

Play sometimes becomes a social experience in the infant room.  Two infants find themselves in a silly situation, but disregard this fact in order to carefully examine the soccer ball placed between them.  Both share glances as they gently touch and squeeze the ball together.

 

 

Physical activity in young children is important in developing the basic movement skills to support activity later in life.  As this infant maneuvers through this big blue tunnel, he develops more complex movements, bringing him closer to fulfilling his developmental potential.

 

 

 

 Art for infants is about the process of creating, more than the end product.  As this infant paints, she explores the concept of cause and effect.  Look what happens when she places the paint brush on the paper … colors appear!

 

 

Infants learn about textures and movements through finger painting.  This infant enjoys the different effects and feel of the paint on her hands as she smears it around her paper.

 

 

 

 Not only do our teachers read to infants each day, but they ensure books are available to them throughout the day to explore.  Here, a “more experienced” infant helps another flip through the pages of the whale book.

 

Curriculum Features

 

Tummy Time

Tummy time is a regular part of the young infant’s daily schedule.  During tummy time your child’s primary care giver will encourage your baby to meet all of those important milestones, such as, push up, roll over, sit up, crawl, and pull to a stand position.

 

 

We make tummy time part of regular play, not a chore!  This infant excitedly lifts her head to explore the spinning toy placed in front of her.  As she looks on, her care giver will gently encourage her to reach out and touch it.

 

Sign Language

Sign language is used and taught in the infant room and continually reinforced in the toddler room.  Simple sign language such as, “more”, “all done”, “eat”, “cup”, “please”, and “thank you” are used to help infants communicate with less frustration.  The use of sign language helps to develop social and language skills even when infants are in the beginning stages of developing vocabulary. 

 

What happens when your child begins to “out-grow” the infant room?

Infants grow and develop so quickly.  Soon your little one will be ready to venture into the toddler room.  The progression from the infant room to the toddler room is based on your child’s readiness developmentally, rather than solely on your child’s age.  At ADLC we realize how important it is that your child feels success along every step of their learning journey.  This is why we ensure your child is socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively ready to participate in the more structured program of the toddler room before moving ahead. 

 

Here is a sampling of the goals infants will master prior to graduation into the toddler room:

  • Social/Emotional Development

    • Watches and responds to other children

    • Uses others’ facial expressions, gestures, or voices to guide own behavior

    • Expresses a variety of emotions and needs, using facial expressions, body movements, and vocalizations

    • Has brief play encounters with other children

 

  • Physical Development

    • Walks forward with increasing coordination

    • Uses one hand to hold an object and the other hand to manipulate another object

    • Uses eye-hand coordination while doing simple tasks

 

  • Cognitive Development

    • Continues an activity when an adult interacts

    • Explores objects, using all senses

    • Discovers that repeated actions yield similar effects

    • Imitates the way others solve problems, immediately after seeing them do so

    • Imitates the actions of others

 

  • Language development

    • Uses gestures, word-like sounds, and single words to communicate

    • Engages briefly with books as they are read aloud and finds pleasure in the experience

    • Recognizes and shows a beginning understanding of pictures

    • Begins to handle drawing and writing tools

Questions

Need more information?  Please set a time to meet with our Infant Room teachers.  We would be happy to address any questions or concerns with our program! 

 
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