Babies grow very quickly in the first two years of their life. They become very mobile and more social as their awareness grows; their vocabulary expands and they begin to talk. In our Infant group, we start off with plenty of activities, including drawing, playing with plasticine, learning about objects, music and sounds, puppetry, reading storybooks, learning songs and having lots of free play time.
Our goal for this group is to ensure the children’s proper physical, mental and emotional development. We want to help our youngest pupils integrate into society comfortably and safely, as they assimilate basic rules of behaviour and become autonomous and independent. Through creative activities, the children learn about their environment and become more self-aware as they extend their abilities.
At the same time, we take care to watch for signs of and diagnose any physical or mental disorders that may hamper child development but which can be improved or treated more easily when seen early.
In working towards our goals, we rely on appropriate theories and practices. In this way, successful engagement is achieved through group and individual programmes adapted to the children’s needs and include enjoyable exercises and creative activities. Each day, we focus on organising and developing our educational programme to offer the children care, happiness, love and joy.
The teacher’s role is to provide support and care through all of the children’s activities; to identify potential problems in their normal development, recognise children with different characteristics or with deviant behaviour or disorders, and to integrate them all into a large group; to adapt the educational programme to the children’s needs, providing them with opportunities to build their knowledge and skills independently; and finally, to maintain open lines of communication and cooperation with the parents.