Infant Program (6 weeks-18 months)
Smart Start Academy offers infant daycare for children ages 6 weeks to 18 months. Our happy, loving and nurturing teachers provide the best learning environment as well as the best care to fit each student’s unique goals and needs. Through collaboration with the family, our teachers can put a plan in place to meet the infant’s needs, the parent’s goals for their child, and even the nutritional guidelines set by the parents.
The Opportunities We Provide
Our teachers provide many additional opportunities for your family to help your child meet the goals you have for them. The care and educational opportunities that are given at this age are much different than what is offered for older children, but they are still just as important for learning and development.
Baby Sign Language
One of the most popular things that we provide to this age group in our infant daycare program is teaching baby sign language. Children begin communicating with others between the ages of 8 months and 2 years of age. The earlier children are given opportunities to communicate, the less frustration a child, their parents and teachers will experience. We teach simple signs that have been adapted from American Sign Language that can help your child communicate a few months earlier than other children their age.
Sign language is also beneficial for children who have a communication delay, have a communication disorder or show signs of autism. For these children, they can get comfortable with pointing for the things they need instead of vocalizing their needs.
Smart Start Academy also works with parents to teach them the signs their son or daughter is learning so that what is learned at school can be practiced at home.
Our daycare in Jersey City NJ & in Hoboken includes music and singing. According to emergent research, singing to an infant is important in their brain development and can help prevent future language problems. Infants naturally enjoy listening to singing because of the difference in rhythms and tones. Songs are also good teaching tools. For example, in songs like “Old McDonald Had a Farm” and “The Wheels on the Bus,” kids learn the different sounds animals make and about the world around them.
Playtime and Exploration
Another key component of an infant’s learning happens through exploring the world around them. This is most commonly done during playtime, when they are free to crawl around and explore different objects. We provide plenty of interactive playtime so that your infant can learn to make sense of their world in a safe and controlled way that encourages them to become curious and confident.
If you have any questions or would like to take a closer look at our methods with infants, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to provide you with more details and help you see if we are the right place to trust with your child.