A Montessori infant environment can be considered a continual balance between supporting the development of the infant’s two basic psychological trusts: trust in the environment and trust in self. At one end of this continuum is the bonding relationship between the adult and the child, while at the other is support for a growing sense of self and independence. ACA is a home away from home for our littlest ones.
Ms. Blanca is very special to us and has been a real gem in our experience at ACA. She is always happy for the babies, and works diligently on their cognitive, social and kinesthetic development, all the while, ensuring everyone is loved and well-cared for. She comes with many years of professional early-childhood experience , speaks to them in both Spanish and English, reads and even plays guitar for them. We couldn’t be more fortunate to have her as our child’s caregiver!
For children under 18 months, a Montessori environment consists of a curriculum that will prepare the basic foundation of a child’s cognitive, motor, and sensory development, expanding into activities that enhance a child’s life skills. This means babies are working on controlling their bodies, noticing and interacting with others, feeding themselves, sharing, listening to stories and songs, doing art work, and (at Austin Children’s Academy) learning Spanish. Baby signs and Spanish are woven into the regular day in our infant rooms, giving children plenty of options for how to express themselves.
We know that it’s hard for new parents to leave their infant in the care of someone else. At Austin Children’s Academy, we will do everything possible to put your mind at ease. We encourage long talks with our lead infant teacher before your child begins, both to nurture the relationship between parent and teacher and to get all the logistics into place long before your baby’s first day. Safety is our first priority and excellent communication with families is next in line.
Our teachers spend quality time interacting with the infants all day long—talking and introducing new items and experiences as children are ready for them. It all takes place in a comfortable, homelike child-care environment rich with materials and equipment for active play.
- Health and safety are a priority, especially in the infant rooms. Teachers follow strict policies and procedures to ensure a clean, healthy room and to prevent the spread of illness. We ask all infant parents to sign an Infant Safety Agreement about which materials are safe for sleeping babies and which are not. All our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified.
Health and safety are a priority, especially in the infant rooms. Teachers follow strict policies and procedures to ensure a clean, healthy room and to prevent the spread of illness. We ask all infant parents to sign an Infant Safety Agreement about which materials are safe for sleeping babies and which are not. All our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified.
- Our teachers are keen observers, responsible for choosing developmentally appropriate activities specifically geared toward gently challenging each infant while avoiding frustration. Infant activities include singing, stimulating interactions, book exploration, and gross motor enhancements, such as natural physical experiences in both the indoor and outdoor environments.
- The daily schedule reflects the unique needs of each individual infant and is modified as the infant grows and progresses. Each classroom has at least two teachers, so a baby who needs a morning nap can be cared for as well as a baby who needs to be able to use that time for physical exploration.