The Infant Program
“The child is truly a miraculous being, and this should be felt deeply by the educator.” – Maria Montessori
The WMS Infant Program is committed to promoting quality Montessori infant care for children from three till 12 months of age, based on these key American Montessori Society concepts.
The ratio of children to adults is never more than four to one with each child being assigned to a “primary care giver” who monitors that child’s schedule and communicates the child’s accomplishments, tendencies, and concerns to the parent on a daily basis.
The aim of the WMS Montessori infant programs is to foster the development of basic trust and to 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 as 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.
The Montessori infant specialist is educated in these areas:
Self-knowledge as preparation
Human growth and development observational skills,
To assist the development of each child
Preparing responsive environments to meet the infant’s developmental needs
Respecting daily routines and incorporating them into the infant’s curriculum
Both verbal and non-verbal communication skills respecting the infant as a person
Respecting the environment as a resource for the infant’s development
Taking responsibility to assist and protecting the infant’s development
A Montessori infant environment must have these basic characteristics:
Adults educated in the Montessori philosophy and methodology appropriate for infants
A partnership established with the family. Within the Montessori philosophy the family is considers an integral part of the individual’s total development.
A variety of interesting objects– to look at, explores, 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– not a rigid schedule.
An atmosphere that communicates unconditional love and acceptance.
As your infant child develops and grows,we will begin arranging visits to the toddler room to ease the transition to this new and exciting stage of development. Some children may be ready for the greater social interaction of the toddler program sooner while others may need the security of the infant program longer. As always, our thoughts will be shared with you, the parents, as we work together to provide the best program and choices for your child.