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Milestone Montessori’s Infant Program is committed to promoting quality Montessori infant care for children 0 to 18 months.

The aim of our Montessori Infant Program is to foster the development of basic trust and to assist in the normal development of the child’s personality. This 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, where the child finds satisfaction for his/her psychological needs. They learn by watching and moving freely. Freedom to move is essential to the development of the infant’s potential and is a big part of our classroom. The Montessori approach of freedom within limits is applied and the child is allowed to develop at their own pace. The class ratio is 1:3 and the teacher must hold a recognized Early Childhood Education Diploma. The infant program is based solely on the child’s needs and is developed in conjunction with the parents, on a one-to-one basis. The infant program is the child’s first experience out of the home, therefore is meant to be an extension of their household environment. There is ample space for movement, gross and fine motor development, social interaction and cognitive and emotional development.

Our day is a flexible sequence of routines and activities that reinforce the rhythmic patterns of activities of individual infants — not a rigid schedule. We hope to establish a partnership with the family in order to benefit the infant’s total development. Our trained staff will keep careful records of each infant as they develop and grow. The environment for our infants is soothing and happy with soft music playing and the smiling faces of our nurturing staff.

The daily program plans of activities are varied and flexible. It includes the following:
  • Activities appropriate for the development levels of the children
  • Group and individual activities
  • Activities designed to promote gross and fine motor skills, language as well as cognitive, social and emotional development
  • Active and quiet play
  • Consideration for the varied ages within the group and the needs of the individual child
  • Opportunities for creative exploration

The goals of the Infant program are as follows:
  • Assist in the normal development
  • Forming routines
  • Foster the development of basic trust
  • Communication