Sweet Pea Infant Care

3 - 18 months

8:30AM-4:00PM

flexible days and hours available

Before your child joins the Sweet Pea class the teacher schedules a short home visit. The purpose of the visit is to get to know each other.

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The Sweet Pea children spend their day in a small, family-like group supporting a gentle transition from home to school. Our teacher to child ratio is 1:4 or smaller. The same trusted adults provide care and develop a relationship with your child. We take time to observe your child to get to know them.

 

Children are given plenty of time to safely explore their surroundings. By being allowed to self initiate and master movements on their own timeline, a true self confidence is built. During respectful caregiving the caregiver talks to the child using simple language so the child can know what is happening. The child is given time to respond and participate.

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To learn more please contact Lizzy McDonald, the enrollment coordinator at admissions@appleblossomschool.org or by calling 203 493-4003.

This program is for children from 3 to 18 months and is built on the following principles:
 
  • Respectful caregiving inspired by the work of Dr. Emmi Pikler
  • Waldorf early childhood education 
  • Collaboration with each family to meet their specific needs
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Rhythm

We follow each child’s individual rhythm with the goal to create a group rhythm over time:​

  • Free play and teacher’s observation

  • Morning caregiving (feeding, diaper changing)

  • Morning nap

  • Outdoor play

  • Afternoon caregiving 

  • Afternoon nap

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We provide wholesome organic foods, sing nursery rhymes and spend 

time outdoors.

 

Our toys are simple, made mostly from natural materials. They are passive toys that encourage active babies.

 

Crying is a natural way for babies to communicate. Our goal is not trying to stop them from crying at all costs. We observe to understand why the baby is crying and then meet their needs. We are always there for them with attention and reassuring presence. 

 

The trained and loving teachers meet every child with warmth and respect. Our goal is for each child to feel good about themselves.