2-12 Months
Your first experience in child care begins in this room. We seek to make it as positive and beneficial as possible. We are able to give children attention that greatly aid in their development with our low teacher to child ratio. Infants participate in art, music, and tummy time activities that stimulate their brains.


Social/emotional development

In the first year of development children begin to develop socially. Learning Ladders provides infants with the opportunity to develop new relationships with their teachers. Some of the skills that you will see begin to develop during your child’s time in the infant room are:

  • Recognize faces
  • Give smiles and laughs
  • Pay attention to own name
  • Become interested in other babies
  • Look at self in the mirror
  • Express different emotions
  • Respond when they are being spoken to
  • Give affection and love
  • Show preference to people that they know
  • Imitate actions

Physical Development

Between the ages of 2-12 months children develop rapidly. Their physical development is an area where this is extremely evident. Their gross motor skills are continuously developing. Gross Motor development involves the larger, stronger muscle groups of the body. In early childhood, it is the development of these muscles that enable a baby to hold his/her head up, sit, crawl and eventually walk. Infants also begin to develop fine motor skills. Fine motor refers to the movements we make with the small muscles of the hands. Children start to use their hands right at birth to explore their own bodies and the world around them. Their fine motor skills develop as their whole body starts to move and become more stable. At Learning Ladders we provide an environment where children are able to thrive and develop physically.

Mental Development

One area that begins and continues to develop during this age is your child’s communication skills. Communication includes any and all ways that a baby lets us know what they need and how they are feeling. That can be done with facial expression, body language, crying, eye contact or sounds. Some of the communication skills that are developed at Learning Ladders are:

  • Tries to imitate sounds or facial movements (lip circle, sticking out tongue, etc.)
  • May say “mama” and/or “dada”
  • Shouts or vocalizes loudly to get attention
  • Babbling starts to sound like “real speech”
  • Plays Peek-a-boo
  • Repeats a syllable or sequence of sounds often
  • Uses smiling and crying to indicate how they are feeling
  • Shows affection for special and significant people in their life