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SMART Babies



Our SMART Babies group is designed with activities so your baby will build strength and dexterity in his hands and fingers as well as balance and control of his arms and legs for increasing physical development with you at his side.
We integrate opportunities to increase your baby’s cognition into everything we do. Activities are carefully planned to promote cognition in a playful environment. SMART Babies recognizes the 12-18 month stage of cognitive development. We know it is important to provide toys that move when pushed and toys that pop up when a part is turned or pressed.

We know a child’s social-emotional development influences all other areas of development. Our SMART Babies group know independence is important, so we provide a safe place for babies to explore and allow choices to be made. We show you how to validate their feelings and help them learn to cope with frustrating situations.

NALA playgroups use stories, songs, games and other activities to model and promote lan

guage and literacy development. Our teachers model proper speech and encourage parents to do the same. We provide age appropriate, sturdy board books and engage in silly songs and finger play to teach you how to interact and have fun while learning with your baby at home.


Physical Development

Cognitive Development

Social-Emotional Development

Language & Literacy Development
Children between the ages of 12 and 18 months continue to develop at a fast pace. It varies for each child, but typically gross and fine motor skills include:
  • Walking
  • Pushing and pulling toys
  • Lifting and carrying items around the house
  • Throwing, pounding, climbing
  • Holding a crayon
  • Grasping tabs and flaps
  • Pressing buttons
  • Stacking
One-year-olds are discovering the world. They
  • Use their senses to explore
  • Find pleasure in making things happen and in completing simple tasks.
  • Enjoy sharing interesting learning experiences with adults, such as peek-a-boo.
  • Like to take things apart and will try to push buttons or turn knobs on a toy
  • Use gestures or make simple sounds to let adults know what they want
The 12–18-month period is a time of significant social-emotional development. Your baby is now able to:
  • Move around on her own
  • Use simple words, phrases, and gestures to communicate
  • Respond to adults’ facial expressions, voice volume and tone of voice.
  • Play next to other children rather than playing with them.
  • Enjoy reading books and singing songs
Language is developing. At this age:
  • Communication is through simple words, babbles and gestures
  • Frustration ensues when adults do not understand them
  • Books are interesting and enjoyed

We understand how children develop physically and provide opportunities to support all aspects of your child’s physical development in a fun, safe environment.

Our SMART Babies group is designed with activities so your baby will build strength and dexterity in his hands and fingers as well as balance and control of his arms and legs for increasing physical development with you at his side.

We integrate opportunities to increase your baby’s cognition into everything we do. Activities are carefully planned to promote cognition in a playful environment.

Our SMART Babies recognizes the 12-18 month stage of cognitive development. We know it is important to provide toys that move when pushed and toys that pop up when a part is turned or pressed.
We know a child’s social-emotional development influences all other areas of development.

At our SMART Babies group know independence is important, so we provide a safe place for babies to explore and allow choices to be made. We show you how to validate their feelings and help them learn to cope with frustrating situations.
NALA playgroups use stories, songs, games and other activities to model and promote language and literacy development.

SMART Babies teachers model proper speech and encourage parents to do the same. We provide age appropriate, sturdy board books and engage in silly songs and finger play to teach you how to interact and have fun while learning with your baby at home.

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