Here at Wellspring, we know that safety is paramount. This is especially held true in our infant classrooms.
Our well-qualified teachers are carefully selected and vetted by us and through an extensive state-mandated background check.
Each and every staff member is trained in infant CPR/First Aid.
Cameras are in every classroom and monitored by the front desk, director, and owners.
Our classrooms are created with clear sightlines and visibility in mind. Our infant program from 6 weeks to 12 months has its own en-suite with a refrigerator, sanitization dishwasher, built-in changing tables, sanitization guidelines, a personal place to put their belongings, as well as age-appropriate toys and interactive materials.
Our philosophy of Whole Child Curriculum creates a warm and compassionate environment that enables each and every infant and teacher to create a warm and everlasting bond. The infant teachers are creating a firm foundation for all children to succeed in the next steps of their life. They are there for them when they are learning how to sit up and walk and will be there to cheer them on when they learn to read their first book.
The Whole Child Curriculum program teaches every child academic standards while nurturing all aspects of their development and growth. This all-encompassing curriculum includes language development, social and emotional growth, fine and gross motor skills, art and music exploration, sensory, and exploration of the outdoors.
Our comprehensive curriculum takes note that infants develop skills holistically. They do not develop social, emotional, and physical developments separately based on what the adult is focused on. Each interaction is noted as an aspect of all developments. Therefore, you will see a much more natural and rhythmic approach to all aspects of our curriculum in the Infant Room
Social and Emotional Development
This is such an exciting development time for infants. They are learning who they are, who their family members are, and how everyone responds socially to events going on around them. They show preference to their main caretaker and start showing fear of strangers. They will also imitate other children and mimic simple actions. Children will also display affection in hugs, kisses, pats, and smiles and seek comfort when they are upset. It is important that all caregivers in the child’s life show that they will respond quickly to signals for help/attention to build trust. Cuddles and eye contact are a great way to create strong bonds. Talking through emotions as they arise and working through distressing moments together will form a firm foundation for children to explore their emotional and social growth.
Music and Movement
Infants are trying hard to make sense of the world around them. Music is a great tool to utilize to create linguistic synapses in their brain. Beat, rhythm, tonality, meter, and expressiveness are all aspects that music and natural movement bring to an infant's developing mind. Gentle bounces, wiggles, tickles, rhythmic tapping, clapping, and lullabies are natural ways to develop strong bonds between caregiver and infant while also providing growth and development.
Art is a great time for infants to explore the world around them. Here at Wellspring Preparatory Academy, art time is filled with sensory activities, fine and gross motor skills, cognitive developments, and is a great way to capture milestones.
Responsiveness is where teachers prepare both themselves and the environment to be a natural place to learn. Teachers give each child a routine and sameness to define a safe and secure environment. Once in that environment, children are able to naturally explore new experiences, textures, and people.
Our curriculum is designed to meet every aspect of a child’s development goals naturally throughout the day. This means that the teachers are able to pair and bond with each child and focus on the child’s needs and goals.