Voyagers' Infant Program Eatontown
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 their surrounding world.
Our caring, experienced teachers create a rich learning environment full of interesting materials and possibilities. They promote brain development through engaging play that encourages social interactions. Even at this young age, infants build skills not only in traditional cognitive, gross motor and social foundations, but also in the areas of problem solving, original ideas and strength of conviction.
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
Our Infant Classroom
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’ Community School is currently maintaining a waiting list for the Infant Room. The room will open in January 2018. Families wishing to place their name on the wait list should fill out the Infant Waiting List Application and submit with a $50 deposit. We are giving enrollment priority to full-time, year round enrollment and to siblings of current students and graduates.
- 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 12-month enrollment options. Families are welcome to use our program in the way that best meets their schedule.
Voyagers’ Infant Care Approach
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.
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 their 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.
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.
Floor time is important for babies. 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. This is accomplished through the use of an online portfolio supported by Seesaw. This portfolio follows your child through each year of schooling at Voyagers’ Community School.
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.