Goals and objectives
The range of development for infants varies so much from 6 weeks to 18 months, the goals for infants cover a wide range. By the time the infant is ready to move to the toddler room, the following would normally be attained:
Ability to follow simple one-step directions
Have a basic vocabulary of at least a few simple nouns
Be able to intermingle with other children in indoor and outdoor situations
Drink all liquids from a cup, with less reliance on bottles or pacifiers.
Have a marked increase in gross motor skills such as :
jumping in place, walking steadily on a path, alternating use of arms and legs, imitating simple body movements in a group
Have some control of fine motor skills such as holding a crayon
Be able to focus attention on one activity for 2 to 4 minutes
Begin to verbally express needs and wants
For the young child, learning comes from a natural interaction with the environment as well as from observing others. Attention to quality and beauty are essential in attracting the child to the activities in the classroom. The young child is curious. A neat, attractive, enjoyable, organized and child-centered environment enables the child to fully experience and explore the world around him. From this environment comes concentration, a clear and peaceful mind, a profound sense of security and positive living habits. As they will be primarily in a situation of being cared for, more than being in a participatory situation, our primary goal is to provide each infant with the best individualized care in a clean, safe, and nurturing environment.