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Infants (6 Weeks – 18 Months)

The Relationship between Caregiver and Child

In West Katy Preschool, the infant’s primary caregiver comes to know the child and family well, and so is able to respond to that child’s individual temperament, needs, and cues and develop a mutually satisfying pattern of communication with the child and family.

Environment

Environment

Our play areas are comfortable and offer children a variety of touch experiences (e.g. soft and hard areas, different levels). Areas are the right size for the age of the babies and the number in the group: Young infants have small and cozy areas, so they can feel secure. Older infants enjoy periods of both quiet play by themselves and play with other babies. Our indoor and outdoor areas for mobile infants encourage them to test gross motor skills and coordination with balls, push and pull toys, wagons, and other big play equipment.

Exploration and Play

Exploration and Play

Our teachers value infant’s exploration and play. They observe what each child is doing or focusing on, comment verbally on the play, and provide a safe environment for it. Babies get an early sense of power when they discover what they can do with their bodies. Our teachers appreciate those very young babies play first with their own bodies as they explore what their major muscles can do, change positions, feel sensations, and eventually discover their own hands and feet.

Routines

Routines

Our teachers are attentive to infants during caregiving routines such as eating, sleeping, diapering, changing clothes, and the like. The teacher explains what is happening and involves the infant in the routine.

Relationship with Families

Relationship with Families

The West Katy Preschool teachers communicate daily with parents in a warm, honest, and respectful way to build mutual understanding and trust, which help in resolving any issues that may arise. Our teachers and families collaborate in making decisions about how best to support children’s development or handle issues if they do arise.

Polices

Policies

Our teachers follow health and safety procedures, including proper hand washing methods and universal precautions to limit the spread of infectious disease. The West Katy Preschool hires teachers who enjoy working with infants in particular and who have had training specifically related to infant development and caregiving.