Help parents and infants in the separation process
Encourage a spirit of co-nurturing between teachers and parents through daily communication
Allow children to freely experience their bodies through movement and exploration of their environment
Model respect, gentleness and caring
Support the development of the senses of touch and vision
Support children’s understanding of cause and effect relationships
Follow the Child
As a Montessori school, we offer more than just daycare for our infants. We implement developmental learning goals for even our youngest students. Some of these goals include developing a sense of order, independence, concentration, as well as physical goals such as coordination, large-motor, and fine-motor skills. These years are crucial for setting the foundation for later learning, as the children are absorbing so much information from their environment during this phase.
In our infant classrooms, we pique the child’s curiosity and encourage them to explore and discover in a safe environment. We observe the children and use their interests and level of ability as a guide, allowing children to do what they are ready and willing to do. We reinforce their self-initiated activities by paying full attention and being quietly available when extra guidance is needed.
The infant program starts with a phasing-in process to support the bond between you and your child. Throughout the program, we interact with each child, offering conversation and manipulative materials at receptive moments. As your child progresses from sitting to crawling to walking, from bottles to feeding themselves, we are there to encourage and assist them every step of the way.
Ages: 6 weeks to 18 months (Silverlake) | 12 to 18 months (Shadow Creek Ranch) | 6 weeks to 18 months (Towne Lake Cypress)
Size: up to 10 students per class (Silverlake) | Up to 12 students per class (Shadow Creek Ranch)
The Infant Room
Infants need an interesting and safe place to rest, explore and develop their abilities. We provide a physical space that meets the child’s sensitive periods for language, movement, and order. We also provide an atmosphere of peace and respect. It allows infants to freely explore and learn, by being: