MVCA - Infants/Toddlers

Infants

We provide a safe and nurturing “home away from home” where babies can grow and learn every day by exploring and making new discoveries.

We are committed to making this first transition away from home easy and natural for you and your child as he takes his first steps toward a bright future. Routines are the curriculum for an infant’s day. Every moment in a young child’s day offers opportunities for learning.

Your infant will learn age-appropriate social, emotional, physical, and intellectual skills in our care.

  • Social
  • Engaging with others by expressing needs through babbling, gestures, and facial expressions
  • Imitating teachers’ speech rhythms and inflections
  • Interacting with picture books, puppets, and photo cards
  • Listening to stories, songs, rhymes, and finger plays
  • Emotional
  • Engaging in sensitive, responsive interactions with highly attentive teachers
  • Exploring self expression through experiences and play
  • Physical
  • Lifting head, rolling from side to side, and crawling
  • Practicing standing and walking with direct support from attentive teachers
  • Coordinating body movements through music and dance
  • Intellectual
  • Exploring the environment through the five senses
  • Engaging with objects of different shapes, sizes, and textures
  • Experimenting with concepts of spatial orientation and cause and effect 

Toddlers

The toddler room at Midland Valley Christian Academy is a unique transition program that offers the comforts of the infant room, but is set up to encourage gross motor play and emerging independence. Children begin to transition from high chairs to sitting at a table for meals and snacks and are given ample opportunity for exploration.

We recognize that children at this age may be at very different stages of development. Some may have just started walking, while others are already exploring the many other facets of their emerging development. Our teachers create fun and rewarding activities that address each child’s developmental needs.

Our toddlers also enjoy learning about letters, sounds, and animals with Zoo-Phonics.

  • Social
  • Imitating and responding to the words and actions of others
  • Identifying and naming familiar items
  • Engaging in conversations using pictures, toys and dolls
  • Following simple directions and asking questions
  • Emotional
  • Learning to understand and express emotions appropriately
  • Developing strong listening skills through storytelling
  • Interacting with peers in a group setting
  • Physical
  • Learning about body parts through songs and rhymes
  • Crawling, jumping, running, kicking, and tossing
  • Gaining enhanced eye-hand coordination through writing, drawing, and lacing shoes
  • Intellectual
  • Learning and responding to own name
  • Identifying and sorting basic colors
  • Learning cause and effect through trial and error with musical instruments