Sensitive care-giving is a major component of the Infant Program, as this builds a foundation of trust that children need in order to be successful throughout life. To instill trust, infants’ needs are responded to quickly and with sensitivity and respect for their temperament.
Relationship with the child and the child’s family is important throughout all the programs at Rainbow’s End. Parents are encouraged to be active in the program and communicate with the teachers on a regular basis.
The Infant curriculum is guided by The Creative Curriculum, for Infants, Toddlers & Two’s. This curriculum is a comprehensive curriculum which includes goals and objectives for children’s learning in all areas of development: social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language. These four developmental goals are carried out through the care-giving, the environment and activities provided in the Infant Program.
Activities provided on a daily basis include music time, sensory activities, reading books, outdoor experiences and gross motor activities.
The Infant Program includes the Infant Room and the Red Room. Transition from the Infant Room to the Red Room is based upon the individual child’s development and space available. Generally, young infants remain in the Infant Room through 12 months and then transition to the Red Room. Generally, older infants remain in the Red Room through 20 months, and then transition to the Toddler Program.