Due to the great demand for high-quality infant care in the Monadnock Region, the Harrisville Children’s Center opened its Infant Program for babies as young as 6 weeks of age in the fall of 2006. Our warm and peaceful environment allows for up to four babies to be cared for by an experienced and educated infant caregiver.
A major premise behind the care we provide to infants is to allow each child to develop at his/her own pace - the caregivers are not pressured by timetables. The space is safe for free exploration and discovery. The babies are not confined to equipment, such as swings and bouncers, which hinder their free movement. The toys are carefully selected and made from natural materials. The caregivers are observant and available, yet non-intrusive as the babies work to solve their own problems and learn in their own ways.
The infant caregiver focuses on being in the moment with each baby in a calm and thoughtful way. Routine caring activities, such as feeding and diapering, are wonderful opportunities for interaction and connection. The caregiver explains to the infant what is being done and treats him/her as an active participant rather than as a passive recipient in all interactions. The relationship between the caregiver and each infant is based on mutual trust, honesty, and respect.