Cognitive and Intellectual Development
Cognitive skills encompass your baby’s ability to think, learn, understand, problem-solve, reason, and remember. Intellectual development is all about learning. It is about how your child will organize their ideas and thoughts to make sense of their world. Our teachers nurture this critical stage in your infant’s development by allowing them to respond to, adapt to, and learn about their surroundings using all of their senses. They’re engaged in activities that help them make associations between sounds and sights and develop an awareness of their environment.
Social and Emotional Growth
At Greater Heights School, our teachers will love your infant as if they were their own. Our teachers will hug, cuddle, read, and talk with them throughout the day while encouraging your infant to try new things. Your child will have opportunities to play with other infants their age all while establishing social bonding routines with other infants in their class.
Language and Communication
Our teachers encourage your infant’s language and communication skills by responding to your baby’s gestures, visual cues, and sounds. Babies communicate through their cries, coos, facial expressions, and body language long before they say their first words. From birth, babies begin to develop two sets of communication skills: receptive skills and expressive skills.
Receptive communication is the ability to receive and understand a message from another person. Babies demonstrate this skill by turning their heads towards your voice and responding to simple directions.
Expressive communication is the ability to convey a message to another person through sounds, speech, signs, or writing. Crying, babbling, and using body language are examples of your baby’s early expressive skills.
Our teachers will consistently speak with your infant in both English and Spanish, as well as actively listen to them.
Fine and Gross Motor Skills
In our infant program, caring, supportive teachers foster fine and gross motor abilities by establishing nurturing relationships with the children, while babies develop physical skills as they learn to move and manipulate toys. Individual and small-group connection activities and vibrant, meaningful interactions encourage infants’ skills as they learn to navigate their world. As children’s physical and exploration skills develop, the infant classroom offers new challenges and discoveries. Our teachers nurture and encourage the children as they begin to crawl and walk. Greater Heights School Infant teachers are right behind your infant, inspiring courage and confidence at every step of the new journey ahead of them.
Infant Care Safety
In our nursery, your baby’s safety and security is the highest priority. We adhere to all of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for safe sleep. Babies are placed on their backs to sleep in cribs that are compliant with the most current standards. Cribs are not shared; soft bedding is not permitted, and our highly trained teachers complete documented and visual crib checks on sleeping infants at least every five minutes. Our nurseries are baby-proofed, and proper infant-to-teacher ratios are always maintained. Infants are always held when bottle-fed, and all toys are age-appropriate and sanitized. Extra measures are in place to ensure handwashing and diapering are performed to maintain the highest level of cleanliness.