Developing secure and trusting relationships is a primary task for infants. Warm, experienced teachers foster this trust through frequent physical contact, sensitive responses to infants' signals, and mutual delight in interactions. Infants are provided visual and tactile stimulation, exposure to language and literature, and ample opportunities for gross motor activity. A variety of music and art/sensory experiences round out the daily experience for our youngest students.
Infants at the Carrot Patch in Hamden enjoy the wealth of snuggling, tummy time, and exploration permitted by having two caring teachers with a maximum enrollment of five infants. This low infant to teacher ratio allows our babies to enjoy plenty of individual love and attention, as well as a fully on-demand schedule, much like they would experience at home. In Clinton, a limited number of infants are welcomed in the Transitional Toddler class to ensure the level of attention these little ones deserve.
We are committed to the low ratio in our cozy Infant Room because we believe this level of care is necessary to give our smallest "students" the loving care they deserve. Even our infant teachers hold degrees in education. In Hamden, our outstanding head teacher has led the infant program for many years, and has earned the well-deserved nickname of "baby whisperer!" In Clinton the head teacher brings well over a decade of rich experience with the youngest of our students, and her English accent will put you in mind of Mary Poppins!
Our program is warm, homey, and features a thoughtful focus on the complex world of early child development!