For infants and toddlers, the program focuses on four areas:
- self-esteem and personal awareness;
- communication skills;
- social skills; and
- physical development.
Self-awareness and positive self concept are fostered by the caregivers through close personal contact, communication with positive reinforcement, permitting freedom of activity, and respect for the child as an individual.
Communication skills are fostered through thoughtful speaking with the children during routine tasks and in stories, music, and the description of activities occurring in their presence.
Social development is largely a function of the babies' interaction with adults, however, their development is enhanced through physical contact, interaction in play, and structured group activities.
Physical development is the foundation upon which cognitive development is based. Responsive adults provide the most significant experience, but the environment and physical activities are structured to maximize development. Infants are supported and encouraged in their natural inclination for independent physical activity.
While the developmental issues for infants and toddlers are similar, certain differences are addressed in the toddler program. Toddlers are more mobile, more capable, and experiencing significant language development. Their program features a more challenging yard, with climbing structures and opportunities to take walks around the school. Group activities happen throughout the day that include singing, storytelling, playing musical instruments, music and movement, and activities that build toddlers’ social skills. Toddlers have very engaging minds and the program is highly individualized to meet their needs and build upon their interests.