Our Reggio Emilia inspired Infant room welcomes your tiny voyagers as they take their first out-of-home journey with us.
We provide an environment designed to give your little ones the freedom to safely explore the surrounding world. Our caring, experienced teachers create a rich learning environment and social interactions that promote brain development through engaging play.
Children are exposed to music, art, and nature and are prepared for future learning.
In Our Infant Room You’ll Discover:
- Experienced and responsive teachers who focus on each individual infant.
- A flexible and responsive environment designed to give your young voyager the chance to move freely and explore his or her world.
- Soft mats and structures for crawling and gross motor development; Sand/water tables for early sensory development; Instruments, art supplies, and manipulatives for rich language development.
- Partnerships between teachers and parents.
- Documentation that reflects your child’s growth and development.
The Voyagers’ Infant program is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm with before and after care programs.
We offer both 10-month and year round enrollment options. Families are welcome to use our program in the way that best meets their schedule.
Our school operates on a ten-month basis with breaks and holidays. Families that need childcare during the breaks or during summer months of July and August can opt to enroll their children in add-on programs.
Voyagers’ Infant Care Approach
Infants 12 weeks – 14 months
Children are welcomed to classrooms based on their age and readiness, and following conversations with parents.
Child to Staff Ratio
- Infant 4:1
Voyagers’ infant program is inspired by the Reggio Emilia schools of Italy, along with the study and work of many infant notables.
Jim Greenman (Caring Spaces, Learning Spaces)
Ronald Lally (Teaching and Learning with Infants and Toddlers, For Our Babies)
Margie Carter and Deb Curtis (Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers).
[Currently maintaining a waiting list]
Positive, caring relationships are at the heart of our infant program. Relationships are built between teacher and infant, among the small group of children and with toddlers and preschoolers.
What a wonderful way for your baby to begin an out-of-home experience—with so many people invested in his or her wellbeing!
We do not just oversee children we are with them in their exploration, play and development of knowledge.
Teachers as Researchers and Caregivers
Because our teachers are also researchers, they carefully observe and document each infant’s development and discoveries.
Teachers are curious to know what interests each baby. They observe how each one approaches objects, sounds, textures, light, and people. The teachers offer babies materials and experiences and then watch and document as new discoveries unfold.
The teacher’s role in the infant room is to build a trusting and caring relationship with each child. Routines, like diapering, eating and preparing for sleep are opportunities for learning about and exploring those relationships.
Voyagers’ teachers help infants build their identities while feeling a sense of belonging.
Our environment has been designed to allow infants and toddlers the freedom of exploration, while teachers provide encouragement and attend to each child’s needs.
Because the group of children is small, infants can safely relate to each other and to the materials in the room while moving and exploring freely. Teachers follow the lead of each infant, noticing what interests them, then design stimulating, yet gentle experiences to engage curiosity.
Teachers are on the floor with children as they progress to moving about, experimenting and investigating. Every aspect of the environment is set up with the infant in mind. Light, air, softness, sounds. These all play into the rich environment which infants deserve.
Partners with Parents
Our teachers communicate with parents, about each infant’s current state of development and daily progress as he or she rapidly grows that first year.
Reggio Emilia’s “Inserimento,” which translated means “settling in,” is the approach our teachers take as they introduce both parents and babies to our environment.
The teachers want to learn as much as they can from parents about each infant’s personality, routines, and needs. This means allowing time for parents and infants to separate and to become acquainted with the new surroundings.
Our goal is for both parents and infants to feel comfortable during this first separation.
Infants, more than any age group, need a great deal of flexibility and individual attention. Therefore, a rhythm, rather than a “schedule,” better describes what is provided so that each infant’s personality shines through and each reaches his or her developmental accomplishments.
During this time of incredible growth in their lives, infants are invited to try new things on a daily basis as they progress through developmental milestones.
Our teachers are eager to support your infant’s exploration and to share their victories with you.
Our nurturing staff encourages Imagination, Wonder, and Joy.
As each infant’s independence and interests grow, a gradual transition to the toddler space is facilitated.
The more time allowed, the more deeply they become engaged in play and discovery experiences which equal LEARNING.
Routines, such as sleeping and eating, are given careful attention and considered another part of the curriculum.
Allowing time, providing rich materials, building relationships, and being present for each child, creates a secure, safe nest in which infants can grow and flourish.