The aim of our infant program is to foster the development of basic trust and assist in the normal development of the personality. Basic trust develops in an environment where people respond appropriately to the infant’s communication of needs to be loved, respected, and accepted. Infants learn through their senses.They learn by watching and moving freely.
Freedom to move is essential to the development of the infant’s potential. The Infant is considered a whole person and is affected by the quality of holding and feeding, as well as the quality of physical care. Learning, which leads to independence, occurs when infants participate in their daily routines of care. Infants must be spoken to in the language with which they will communicate.
A Montessori infant environment must have these basic characteristics:
- Adults educated in the Montessori philosophy and methodology education appropriate for infants.
- A partnership established with the family. The family is considered an integral part of the individual’s total development.
- A variety of interesting objects to look at, and experience – which are designed to meet the developmental stages and sensitive periods of infants.
- A flexible sequence of routines and activities that reinforce the rhythmic patterns of activities of individual infants and not a rigid schedule.
- An atmosphere that communicates unconditional love and acceptance.