Infant Program:

Appletree’s Infant Explorers Program is designed to foster a comfortable and
nurturing environment for infants up to 18 months of age. The Explorers’ program
is designed specifically to adjust ourselves to the child’s schedule and make our
infants feel engaged, relaxed and cared for at all times. Appletree staff members are
trained to provide a safe, secure and loving environment for each child we care for.
Our Explorers staff members always seek to comfort our infants in times of need
and provide toys and other objects to enhance understanding of different textures,
fabrics and surfaces.

Appletree also aims to:

  • Introduce the infants to alphabet and number songs
  • Place infants on their bellies for tummy time
  • Help infants sit up with support
  • Assist our transitioning infants learn to walk independently
  • Dance and sing along to music with the child
  • Provide age appropriate multi-sensory activities and experiences
  • Offer babies a variety of objects and toys with different shapes, sizes, textures and sounds

Infant Developmental Milestones

The list below, although not exhaustive, shows the key abilities and processes Appletree Preschool focuses on for our Infant class!

0-3 Months

  • Move their heads around and follow sounds
  • Grip a finger 
  • Makes gurgling noises
  • Recognize voices, faces, smells, and sounds
  • Pay attention to faces
  • Sturdier facial expressions and body movements
  • Can hold their head up

3-6 Months

  • Roll over in both directions
  • Push themselves up, may sit without support
  • Get ready to crawl/are crawling
  • Responds to own name
  • Start eating solids
  • Brings things to mouth

6-9 Months

  • Imitate others
  • Pick up small objects
  • Sit on their own
  • Crawl or scoot around
  • Has favorite toys
  • Copies sounds and gestures of others
  • Sits without support
  • Shake their heads "no"

9-12 Months

  • Tries to say words you say
  • Follow simple directions
  • Tries to say words you say
  • Can crawl
  • Can walk while holding onto furniture
  • Bangs two things together
  • May stand alone

18 Months

  • Shows affection to familiar people
  • Plays simple pretend, such as feeding a doll
  • Says and shakes head "no"
  • Walks alone
  • Drinks from a cup/ Eats with a spoon