(6 weeks to approximately 1 year)
The environment plays a large role in ensuring that each infant receives appropriate stimulation and challenges. The children are provided with a variety of natural items to manipulate, touch, watch, follow, taste and investigate. The Infant Room day consists of regular outdoor time, exposure to foreign and sign language, as well as a rich musical atmosphere. New in 2011, Peoples Church Preschool added a beautiful new room for nursing mothers. We are also very excited to have recently added a coral reef fish tank built into the wall for children and adults to enjoy throughout the day!
Partnerships with Parents
Our Infant Program’s priority is to form partnerships with parents so that each child’s individual schedule is maintained and the primary caregiver is able to meet all of the child’s needs. Peoples Church Preschool places an emphasis on the interrelationship of emotional, social, cognitive, physical and language development patterns. Tickling toes, playing peek-a-boo and talking to children during care giving routines begins their acquisition of language and the ability to form close bonds with the teachers.
Building Communication Skills
To encourage the emergence of language, teachers use language stimulation techniques such as description, parallel talk, self talk, expansion and expansion plus. Parents are encouraged to do this too.
Description is a narration of what is happening in the child’s world. Parallel talk involves using the word “you” as in “You pulled off your sock!” Self Talk involves using the word “I” as in “I will pick you up again as soon as I wash my hands.” Children benefit from the use of self-talk as it allows them to learn from what is happening around them and communicates respect.
Expansion is to expand on the child’s language. For example, if the child says, “Muh”, the caregiver will expand that and say, “You want more milk.” Finally, an example of Expansion Plus would be if the child said, “Bye bye,” an adult may expand and add, “It’s time to get your things and go bye bye.”