ll infants receive plenty of time unrestricted to develop, explore, and build capacities naturally.

ll infants receive plenty of time unrestricted to develop, explore, and build capacities naturally.

Our littlest babies are cared for according to their own natural rhythms.  They spend time in the arms of the teacher, who delights in smiling, talking, and singing with them. There is plenty of “floor time” on our cozy, warm rugs for gross motor development.  Simple toys offer a chance for tiny hands to learn to grasp and throw.

Toddler indoor play and eating area.

Toddler indoor play and eating area.

Infants and Toddlers  
   (6 weeks – 3 years)

The Sweet Pea Class is home for our Infants and Toddlers (ages 6 weeks to 3 years old).  This open-plan, post and beam classroom has space for toddlers’ active play and quiet, cozy space, for infants to spend their day. Toddlers enjoy a variety of activities both indoors and out. Infants enjoy learning to move their bodies in a safe, protected area designed just for them!

Our beautiful infant area.

Our beautiful infant area.

As they mature, crawling infants tend to fit into a group rhythm of two naps a day, with one-on-one feeding time as they begin to develop skills to learn to feed themselves such as holding a spoon or drinking from a cup. A strong rhythm nurtures the infants, as it does all young children. These mobile babies love our simple sturdy wood structures for learning to pull-up, cruise, walk and even climb.  

Our toddlers fold into a group rhythm which includes sharing meals together, family style, and scaling back to just one afternoon nap each day. A focus on developing self-care skills, language, and toilet learning through story, song, and game fills our toddler's days.

With all children in the Sweet Pea Class, teachers take advantage of care-giving moments to engage in language rich finger games, songs and nursery rhymes. Time outdoors allows both infants and toddlers to get plenty of fresh air and experience different natural textures such as grass and sand, bark and stone. Outside, the children delight in moving more freely while discovering and exploring nature's wonders.

As the older walking infants are ready, they can gradually participate in more activities joining their toddler friends for meals at the table, circle games, and more adventures outdoors both on and off our beautiful play-yard.