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Infant Program

6 weeks to 18 months

Infants begin to understand their world in which there are creatures separate and apart from themselves. This happens comfortably when they are held and cared for. Ideally infants find that relationship with their mothers, but when that is not possible it is essential for them to form an attachment to another adult. At Pumpkin Patch, a warm, supportive relationship is established between care givers and infants to promote sound emotional development. At the Patch, we create an environment to promote the development and discovery that is so important in their young lives, with a focus on sensory development; tactile, audio/visual activities, singing and storytelling. These activities teach babies basic concepts that are so important to a child’s growth and development. Through the use of manipulative toys and age-appropriate art activities, the infant’s creativity and imagination are fostered. Free play is used to promote self-discovery and socialization. And, importantly, our infant program allows for individual schedules, fashioned by the parents and infants themselves. Our general routine is as follows:

Infant Schedule

7:30-9:00 Arrival and Free Play - Teachers greet parents and children. Discuss the child’s night; become informed of daily schedules (additions or changes). Children take this time to free play in their room with teacher interaction.
9:00-9:30 Snack - This is the time that the Center’s snack is served if your child is cleared for table food.   
9:30-10:00 Diapering/Free Play - Diaper changing occurs during this time.  It is an opportunity for the teacher to interact one on one with the child. The co-teacher takes this opportunity to play on the floor with the other children.
10:00-?   Nap Time - Although the infants do not have a set nap time it is usually at this time that the nap cycle begins. 11:30-12:00 Lunch - Lunch is provided by the parents for children ready for food.
12:00-1:00 Lunch Clean-up/ Free Play/Diapering - One teacher clears up lunch.  One teacher engages in floor play.
1:00-1:30 Art/ Free Play - the older children participate in an art activity.  Younger infants get their “tummy” time.

1:30-2:30 Diapering/ Nap Time - We find that this is the second round of naps.  Again, this is not a set nap time.
2:30-3:00 Snack - Center snack is provided and served to children who have been cleared to eat Center food.
3:00-3:30 Snack Clean-up/ Free Play
3:30-5:30 Diapering/Free Play/Dismissal Preparation - Teachers use this time to talk to the parents regarding their child’s day. Daily sheets are reviewed and the room is prepared for the next day.