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Our infant care program serves children from six weeks old to 18 months. The infant care program at Woodcrest Preschool promotes feelings of belonging and love while helping infants to grow and develop to their full potential. Children eat, sleep, and play according to his or her own schedule. At Woodcrest we know that each infant has unique abilities, desires, and emotions. This is why our program is designed to meet the children where they are developmentally and provide them an educational experience that will stimulate language, gross and fine motor skills, encourage exploration, and creativity. Our highly qualified and professional teachers will guide and encourage your child in every stage of his or her development. Teachers update parents/guardians throughout the day with pictures and notes detailing eating, sleeping habits, diaper changing, and creative expression.
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Physical development is the way your child moves her arms and legs (large motor skills) and her fingers and hands (small motor skills). Teachers help children learn these skills by offering different physical activities and equipment. Children run, jump, climb, throw, and catch. Using their hands, they explore materials like paints, playdough, puzzles, sand, and things to write with. By using their bodies actively both indoors and outdoors, children build healthy bones and muscles.
Social development teaches your child how to engage with their peers and their environment. Teachers model respecting the uniqueness of each person and how to work with others. By playing and learning together, children build their social skills, language skills, and self-control. With support from teachers, children learn to resolve conflicts that may come up during play.
Emotional development lets your child understand his feelings and the feelings of others. Teachers help children recognize and manage their own feelings and behavior. They also teach children concern, and empathy for others. To help children work on building a healthy self-esteem and resiliency, teachers encourage them to explore new things and to keep working on hard tasks.
Thinking, or Cognitive, Skills
Thinking, or cognitive, skills develop as children learn to think more complexly, make decisions, and solve problems. As young children explore, ask questions, and create, they improve their thinking skills. Reflecting on and using information lets your child understand the world around them. The way children approach learning is an important part of how they develop their thinking skills. For example, children that are able to handle frustration and can focus on the task at hand will have an easier time learning.
Language and Literacy Development
Language and literacy development help your child learn to use the interconnected skills of listening, talking, reading, and writing. Teachers also model understanding and communication through active engagement with the children in their class helping children grow their own communication skills and to learn new concepts.