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, 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
Our infant classroom ranges from the ages of 6 weeks to 12 months. It’s during this time that we see some really exciting growth and development. The very beginnings of intentional communication, cause-effect relationships, joint attention, and object permanence begin here
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.
Fine and Gross Motor Skills
Motor skills are just one part of a child’s development. Mastering both fine and gross motor skills are important for a child’s whole growth and independence. Having good motor development helps children achieve their cognitive development goals and explore the world around them.
Fine motor skills involve those smaller muscles in the hand and wrist. Activities such as raking (picking up cereal with fingers and palm, transferring objects from one hand to another, dropping objects, and using thumb and forefinger to pick up smaller objects are among many ways to give the practice needed to develop skills.
Gross motor skills involve the larger muscles in the legs, arms, and main trunk of the body. Having a child work on sitting alone unsupported, standing while holding on to an adult, crawling/creeping, and playing with toys while in an upright position are great ways to let children explore their world around them and gain independence.
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.
The development of senses is crucial during this developmental timeline. As a baby's sense develops and becomes more refined, they start showing their full personality. Eye control, hand-eye coordination improves as well as depth perception. Sense of smell plays into effect as they expand their tastes, discriminating the direction of sound, textures, and temperature differences in objects, and interest in other foods are all ways that infants expand their world.
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.
Wellspring Preparatory Academy is Whole Child-focused. We believe that all children do best when they are allowed to explore nature and are exposed to different situations in a safe and secure environment. Our infant program has an outside time where all children get to explore the outdoors. We explore grass, tunnels, sticks, rocks, and crawling obstacle courses with the encouragement of attentive staff.
Infants and toddlers are strongly influenced by the environment and routine that they are in. A nurturing, loving environment that has a steady routine is best for development. The physical size of the room, group size, layout, and routines ensures that each child will bond with their teachers.
Our teachers have access to multiple developmentally appropriate activities that stimulate the infant naturally, small group time to bond, opportunities to bond with the families, and support from the whole team.
All children depend on strong bonds with others. Infants are particularly dependent on close, caring, ongoing relationships. Intellectual, physical, and emotional growth happen best when those around them are paying attention to their cues and can respond quickly to their needs. Here at Wellspring, we know that the trust between child and teacher is of most importance.
Mealtimes are such an important part of a developing infant’s day. Children at Wellspring who are bottle-fed are held close and talked to. Those who are starting to eat somewhat independently can sit in secure highchairs and are encouraged to hold their own bottle and grasp their own food. Meals naturally encourage talking and narrative communication. Parents take lead on their child’s meals, schedule, and servings. We can accommodate any needs that arise.
Wellspring Preparatory Academy uses Kid Reports to communicate with our parents daily. You can see daily activities, such as eating, sleeping and diaper schedules, activities throughout the day, and special moments.
We provide labeled cribs, sanitized linens, mobiles, and parent-approved food options for our older infants. We closely communicate with our parents to best emulate the home environment.