Infant & Toddler
Infants and toddlers are active learners from birth who are engaged by our teachers through warm, nurturing, supportive interactions.
In our classrooms, even the youngest of children make active choices and decisions, choosing which objects to play with, responding to events in their surroundings, and figuring out how to communicate their feelings and ideas – first by sounds, gestures, and facial expressions, and later through language – to parents and family members, caregivers, and eventually peers.
Country Village fosters active learning amongst our infants and toddlers by encouraging exploration across an array of materials and sensory activities.
Our little ones select and manipulate materials that interest them and then make choices about how to interact with their surroundings. They move their heads, wave their arms and legs, and engage in ways meaningful to them. Infants and toddlers play at their own pace and initiate their own discoveries. All the while, our teachers make it their job to understand and support infants’ and toddlers’ sensory, whole-body approach to learning. They respect and accommodate each child’s ongoing need for space, materials, and exploration time.
Country Village employs a comprehensive curriculum that addresses all areas of infant-toddler development. These areas include:
- Approaches to Learning
- Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development and Health
- Communication, Language and Literacy
- Cognitive Development
- Creative Arts
Within these six content areas, HighScope details 42 key developmental indicators (KDIs) that identify observable behaviors reflecting a child’s knowledge and skills.