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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Infant Room

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ages 6 weeks-16 months

In the Infant Room, babies are encouraged to explore and learn in a safe, caring, and nurturing environment.  Activities that focus on the main areas of development are planned and offered through play experiences.  Social/emotional development includes practice expressing and understanding feelings, taking turns, and playing in a group setting. Language/communication development includes the use of sign language, talking, and lots of reading together time.  Cognitive development includes exploring such concepts  as "in and out", "heavy and light", numbers, colors,  problem solving, and pretend play.  Since babies use their whole bodies to learn most things, physical/ motor development activities are abundant in our room, and our equipment is sized and designed for safe movement and exploration.  Babies learn as they climb, crawl, roll, explore over and under, around and through the environment.   A wide variety of activities are provided to encourage mastery and to offer new challenges that meet the rapidly changing needs of our infants.

Primary care groups are used to provide consistency.  We build strong personal relationships that give babies the emotional support needed to learn and grow.  Parents and staff work together to develop comfortable routines for our infants that meet their needs both here and at home.  Open and ongoing communication between center and home is valued, and parents are welcome to be in the room anytime.