Little Dreamers - Infants (6 weeks to 12 months)
Windsor Montessori welcomes infants as early as six weeks old. Because we recognize this is the most critical time for an infant, we spare no expense to ensure they experience a caring, nurturing and creative world designed to encourage their understanding through safe and monitored exploration.
But we also recognize learning starts early. Our educators communicate with your infants through very basic sign language so they can form associations and connections which will spark a lifetime love of learning. And what would any daycare experience be without one of the most soothing experiences for infants—music?
Our early infant rooms are designed with safety and comfort in mind. Not only does each infant have their own individual crib, but they receive plenty of hugs, love and personalized attention from our teachers who will help guide your infant through a world of sight, sounds, gesture and song.
But it’s just as critical an experience for parents as well. We know how difficult it can be to make sure your infant will be nurtured with the same care and attention you give them. That’s why we provide you with daily reports on feeding, diaper changes and napping. All our teachers are certified in First Aid & CPR and have received the state requirements for infant care as well as continued early development education.
Frog Street Curriculum, Beginners Bible Curriculum and Baby Sign Language. Click below for more specifics about these programs.
What Can You Expect From Our Infant Care Program?
- A personalized environment focused on individual care and trust
- Infant sign language to develop early communication skills
- Daily activities to encourage physical development
- Songs, smiles and sights!
A Guide To Infant Development
Here’s some of the specific achievements our staff are trained to look for and notify parents when met, along with the suggested age you might expect them to occur. Keep in mind that each infant will develop at their own pace, so don’t expect these to be anything more than a rough guideline:
- Raising head and chest when laying on stomach (3 months)
- Sitting without their head lagging (5 months)
- Transfering objects from one hand to another (6-7 months)
- Sitting without assistance (8-10 months)
- Crawling forward on belly (8-10 months)
- Getting from sitting to crawling (10-12 months)
- Walking two or three steps without support (10-12 months)
- Following mobile objects (2 months)
- Watching faces intently (2-3 months)
- Tracking mobile objects with ease (4-7 months)
- Grasping for objects in front of them (5-6 months)
- Looking for fallen toys (5-7 months)
- Responding by making sounds (4-6 months)
- Distinguishing emotions by tone of voice (4-7 months)
- Responding to simple verbal requests (4-6 months)
- Repeating syllables (5-7 months)
- Making simple physical gestures in response (8-10 months)
- Babbling specifically (e.g. “dada” or “mama”) (8-10 months)
- Finding partially hidden objects (6-7 months)
- Exploring objects in different ways (8-10 months)
- Imitating gestures (9-12 months)
- Finding hidden objects easily (10-12 months)
Hearing and Speech
- Responding to sound (1-3 months)
- Smiling at the sound of voices (2-3 months)
- Cooing noises and vocal play (3 months)
- Beginning to smile socially (1-3 months)
- Enjoying play time (2-3 months)
- Interest in mirror images (5-7 months)
- Shyness around strangers (8-12 months)
- Showing preference for specific people or toys (8-12 months)