Infant Child Care
6 weeks to 14 months
IPELC offers full and part-time infant care starting at 6 weeks of age. Our teachers are trained to bond with each infant, providing warm, responsive care to make them feel safe and loved. Our infant program focuses on interactive care and play to stimulate physical and behavioral growth.
Our safe, nurturing classrooms include:
Calming environment: Because babies can be easily overwhelmed, our caregivers make sure their room is well-organized with age-appropriate toys and games, with soothing music played throughout the day.
Designated Areas: Rooms are divided into specific areas for sleeping, playing, eating, and diapering. Infants have plenty of opportunities to play, either alone or with friends on the floor with a variety of toys and materials.
Safe Open Spaces and Gross Motor Challenges: We provide our babies with safe open spaces to help them develop their gross motor skills. In our nurturing environment, they can naturally reach milestones such as sitting, reaching with accuracy, pushing up, crawling, cruising, standing unsupported, and walking.
Bonding with Your Baby: Since infants aren’t able to self-calm, we hold and comfort them when they are upset, giving them the love and individual attention they need throughout the day.
Personal Attention: Our teachers work closely with parents to develop individual schedules for their baby for naps, feedings, and play.
No Swings, Bouncy Chairs or Exersaucers at IPELC
Swings, bouncy seats, or exersaucers are not used in our infant program. They may be emotionally-soothing for babies but offer absolutely no gross motor benefit. They also limit interaction with caregivers and classmates, hindering playtime and friendship development.
Caregivers in our program spend more time with our infants. They plan activities which are developmentally-appropriate and our infants spend more time playing and interacting with their peers. Data from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests infants who spend too much time in confining equipment such as swings, bouncy seats, exersaucers, car seats, or strollers may experience delayed motor skill development.