The Infant Program maintains a ratio of 4 infants to 1 caregiver, with a maximum of 8 children enrolled in the Program.
The Laurel Hill infant curriculum is bursting with sound, color, and texture, intended to catch and hold babies’ attention and keep them smiling as they learn! Our language-rich curriculum maximizes sensory stimulation and consistently offers brand-new, exciting experiences. Unlike other programs that provide their caregivers with a general outline of daily activities and then simply hope that there is time to include them, Laurel Hill’s caregivers are provided with specific, step-by step instructions for administering each aspect of the program. Your child’s learning is too important to leave up to chance!
The curriculum follows a detailed schedule that differs week to week. The schedule focuses on various developmental domains, including language development, tactile stimulation, and motor development. Every domain is addressed daily and activities within each domain reflect a central theme that unites all the domains. Multi-sensory experiences, exercise and dance movement, music, stories, language and more expand each theme activity.
The Laurel Hill infant curriculum is enhanced by six Activity Centers in the classroom. Each Center focuses on a specific developmental domain and is equipped with specialized resources. Throughout the day, infants will rotate through the Centers for appropriate activities. This approach ensures that infants are consistently exposed to unique environments to stimulate their senses.
Our Activity Centers include:
In addition to daily chats together, parents and Laurel Hill maintain a daily written log - the Daily Baby Report. Each morning, parents complete the first part of the Daily Baby Report, describing their child's sleep patterns, morning nutrition, and any other information the caregiver will need for the day. As the day progresses, caregivers complete the Daily Baby Report, noting feedings, diapering, naps, daily activities and temperament. The Daily Baby Report is reviewed with each parent at pickup time.
WATCH ME GROW SCRAPBOOK
In the Infant Room, babies take amazing strides every day! Your child's progress toward developmental milestones and goals will be recorded in an individualized "Watch Me Grow" scrapbook, compiled and maintained by your baby's caregivers. Scrapbooks are shared with parents three times a year, and can be treasured always as a keepsake from your child's precious early years.