Curriculum - Infant
6 weeks to 1 year

  1. Social Development

    1. To develop a sense of trust
      • provide frequent contact with a teacher at the Center
      • provide opportunities to get to know and recognize others while with the teacher
      • provide opportunities to recognize and get to know themselves
      • provide many opportunities for interaction with familiar people
      • provide opportunities to play and interact in games and activities with more than one familiar person
      • provide activities that help children to become aware of themselves and their awareness of others
      • respond to their needs so that they feel successful at communicating

  2. Cognitive Development

    1. To acquire concepts and information leading to a fuller understanding of the immediate world
      • provide baby with much interaction by calling to them, playing music, or making various noises to attract their attention
      • play "Peek-a-boo" games with baby, so that they can become familiar with them and learn to expect a series of actions
      • provide opportunities to observe objects that appear, disappear, reappear
      • provide a variety of toys and objects that are new and different
      • provide moving objects to watch
      • provide many different shaped objects to play with and study to interact with baby and give them actions to imitate
      • provide opportunities for baby to practice searching for objects

    2. Begin to understand the names of many things
      • provide good language response from teachers with many opportunities to hear baby's own name and the names of objects
      • opportunities to freely play and talk about the actions they make

  3. Physical Development

    1. To enhance small motor skills
      • provide opportunities to learn to use their fingers and hands for eating
      • to learn how to use their spoon for eating
      • to provide chances for them to "pick up" all kinds of objects
      • practice grabbing one object as they hold another
      • to discover the size, weight, shape, and feel of things for themselves

    2. To enhance large motor skills
      • provide opportunities to perform directed body turns
      • provide practice in controlling things around them by using their body
      • provide plenty of opportunity to practice moving around, and to learn to make their body fit into the space available
      • provide a safe environment for practicing new skills