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Early Infants (6 weeks to 11 mos)

The uniqueness of infancy demands a responsive approach to care. Thus, at Hatch House the teachers who provide child care for our youngest learners, our hatchlings, are carefully selected for the attention they pay to details, their strong organizational skills, breadth of experience and most of all their nurturing personality.

Infants are read to, provided activities that enhance large and fine motor skills, are sung songs, are talked to, all consistently and warmly each and every day. The Hatch House infant is also taught the basics of Baby Sign Language in order to promote the acquisition of early language and to aid in communication. A parent-driven schedule of feedings, naps and sleep is also followed. A daily report that captures meals, naps and diapering occurrences are provided to parents. Our goal is to maintain a continuity of care that the parent expects and a baby needs, all in a safe, clean and happy environment.

Later Infants (12 mos to 17 mos)

At the completion of the critical first year of life most children begin to take the tentative steps towards greater mobility and independence. For this transition from immobility to walking, weaning from formula to whole milk and the many other developmental milestones, we believe that a bond between the child, teacher and parent creates a strong partnership vital for the development of infants. Mobile infants are provided with opportunities to building relationships with new friends, adults, and learning their surroundings in this class. At the same time we focus on assisting them in developing their own identity, self-image and confidence.

The child in the later stages of infancy is taught to utilize their senses to explore the many alternatives and possibilities that the classroom environment offers. Experiences of tasting, feeling, hearing, smelling and seeing become part of their daily curriculum as they journey towards discovering the world around them. Their daily activities include learning opportunities to explore a diverse array of materials with different properties such as paper, clay, water and paint, as examples.