Mango’s Place provides the foundation of meaningful open-ended play by providing several different centers and prop boxes to problem solve, be spatially aware and to learn how to communicate with teachers and friends.
What We Learn
Spatial Awareness and Problem Solving
At the time of the child’s first birthday, your child will transition into our older infant classroom developing spatial awareness by crawling, climbing, walking and exploring their surroundings. They will have the opportunity to navigate their way through a tunnel, mimic block patterns and engage with teachers through verbal descriptions i.e. “head, shoulders, knees and toes”.
Infants will start to understand the aspect of cause and effect through engaging with multiple manipulatives and play time activities. They will learn how to get themselves out of sticky situations.
Language Skills and Open-Ended Play
Infants will start communicating their wants, needs and emotions, with body and sign language. Teachers will encourage simple signs, paired with simple phrases, to assist infant’s communication skills. Example: a teacher may use sign language at mealtime to indicate if a child wants more or is all done.
As children explore the classroom, teachers will encourage language by using descriptive simple phrases such as: “wow, you found a blue car!” “can you find something else that is blue?”. This form of communication helps infants build connections as they develop and explore in different environments.
Socialization and Meaningful Activities
Children will learn to work together, problem solve, develop language skills and will ease separation by forming new bonds. At this age children are developing skills such as sharing, communicating with their friends and following simple directions.
Meaningful activities give them the foundation to be creative and imaginative alongside their new friends and teachers. Teachers will continue to spark their curiosity and love of learning through guided sensory play, dramatic play boxes, fine motor and gross motor activities.
Please be sure to provide your child the necessary sippy cups, as this may include milk, water or juice. These cups will be refrigerated during your child's stay at Mango's Place.
Daily Snacks: Licensing requires parents to provide all snacks for infants at this age. Mango's Place will provide Cheerios, with a parent's written consent.
Please pack your child's nut-free snacks with an ice pack or in a thermos to keep their food at the appropriate temperature.
Please pack your child's meals with an ice pack or in a thermos to keep their food at the appropriate temperature. Refrigeration and microwaving meals are not provided at Mango's Place.
Please label your child's cups with their:
- First Name
- Last Name
- Reservation Date
Other items, such as: diaper bags, clothing and comfort items will need to have your child's first and last name on them.
Bag Tags: Bag tags are provided at time of registration.
Cribs and crib sheets are provided for all children in attendance. Children may have blankets placed in their cribs at 12 months of age. Please visit our Parent Handbook for more information.
Please provide a sufficient quantity of disposable diapers for your child’s visit, along with a change of clothing. Licensing requires diapers to be checked every two hours or when needed. Please visit our Parent Handbook for more information.
Mango’s Place takes great pride in our cleaned and well-kept facilities. Toys, play equipment, meal and sleep areas are deep cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis with hospital -grade, natural cleaning products.