During the infant stage of development, an infant’s brain is busy building brain connections through every experience and interaction. The more activities you provide, the more connections are made. Our Senior Infant curriculum enables our caregivers and parents to help build brain connections for infants at every turn.
Our curriculum also involves sign language instruction on a daily basis. Signing is an amazing way infants can communicate prior to having verbal skills. Infants develop the fine muscles in their hands prior to those required for speech, so they’re equipped to communicate before they can speak. What’s more, signing can lessen frustration and outbursts because infants can immediately communicate their wants and needs.
Senior Infants also partake in yoga daily to foster confidence, self-awareness, self-esteem, and well-being. Yoga with infants supports neuromuscular development and body awareness. It also teaches relaxation techniques, as well as stretching and other exercises that are age appropriate for a infant’s stage in development. Yoga is supported by research that shows that brain connections are built by engaging infants in interactive experiences that involve sensory, motor and social explorations.
A weekly learning plan is posted outside the classroom detailing learning activities for each infant every day at The PREP.
Electronic updates, photos, and daily reports are sent to the parent’s email each day to communicate about the child’s day and pertinent information as needed.
As weather permits, PREP Senior Infants have scheduled activities in our Outdoor Classroom that are age-appropriate learning experiences. We also have a Multi-Purpose Room where infants can enjoy scheduled motor-skill activities when the weather precludes outdoor play time.
Health and Safety
We provide an extremely sanitary and safe environment for our Senior Infants. For infants sleeping in a crib, we sanitize the cribs to minimize the spread of germs and keep their sleeping area sanitary. For nap time, we provide cots for infants beginning to walk. On the cot, each child has a personal nap mat that is washed weekly. The nap cots prepare each child to become more independent and able to transition easily to our Senior Infant classroom.
We have diaper-changing stations that are forward-facing to the classroom. This allows the teachers to change a child’s diaper while never having their back to the classroom. With the high number of diaper changes that occur per day, this setup enables teachers to both change a diaper and monitor the classroom at the same time. To make the process more sanitary, eliminate odor and control contamination, we even have an exhaust mechanism built into our diaper disposal system.
Closed circuit cameras in the classroom can be viewed from the specialized PREP Parent Lounge at the front of the building. A specialized fingerprint entry system secures the visitors entering the building.
A separate Tender Loving Care (TLC) area provides a place for a sick child to be removed from the classroom to eliminate further spread of sickness in the classrooms.