Infant Program: 6 -14 Months
At POTA, we take pride in partnering with parents during their children’s first school experience. We provide an outstanding infant program where our teachers extend both the trust and support needed for our infants to explore, learn and grow. They graduate from tummy time to crawling and walking in a safe and engaging environment. Our infants enjoy color and light exploration, playing with mirrors, and musical story time. They handle and manipulate natural objects such as branches, pine cones, leaves, acorns, seashells, rocks, and flower petals.
Individual Care: Loving care and individualized attention are the cornerstone of our infant program. Our teachers are trained to see infants as individuals. They take the time to get to know each infant with their individual preferences.
Language Development: Our approach values and draws on the connections between language development, cognition, socialization and early literacy. Teachers can be seen talking with babies throughout diaper changes and describing their experiences throughout the day. We encourage our infants to handle books and listen to stories and songs.
Physical Development: Our tiniest friends interact with fabrics, textures and toys that attract the eye and motivate movement. Our infant climbing structures provide opportunities to develop the core strength and gross motor muscle groups required for proper development.
Sensory Art: Their imaginations are nurtured with opportunities to explore safe and developmentally appropriate art materials, where they first experience color, form, hue, line and shape. We engage our infants with safe and messy materials such as paint, clay and water.
Soothing Music: Our infants are introduced to music through an experiential hands on approach. They engage freely with various safe and noisy materials and are encouraged to engage with authentic musical instruments introduced to them by Mr. Owen as they learn about cause and effect.
Fostering Curiosity: Our friends are given the opportunity to observe and interact with the natural world, such as plants and flowers. We go on long walks around the neighborhood every day, to wave to the geese, breathe in the fresh air, and watch the Charles River flow!