Infant (Nido)

Outstanding Developmental Experience for Young Children Ages 6 Weeks to 15 Months

“Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life.”~ Maria Montessori

Program Overview

From the moment infants are born, they begin learning and observing everything around them.  They respond to touch, sound, light, taste and smell.  That learning continues every day through each experience.  The “Nido” (nest in Italian) is a prepared environment that is small, warm, safe and comforting for the infant.  The staff is wonderful at responding to each child’s needs and fostering their curiosity.  Dr. Maria Montessori says, “Our work as adults does not consist in teaching, but in helping the infant mind in its work of development.”  Each child is respected as an individual and the Nido teachers provide a safe and reassuring beginning.  As a result, the child is a joyful and confident learner; happy to explore and practice new skills.

  • The Nido classrooms can each have up to 10 children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 15 months.
  • The student to teacher ratio in the Nido Program is 1:5.
  • Children sleep on specially designed floor futons rather than in a crib. This allows the child to make the choice to fall asleep rather than being forced by the caretaker to sleep in a confining crib.
  • Consistency between home and school life is imperative at this stage. There is daily communication between the Nido teachers and infant parents about schedules, changing, feedings, and infant milestones.

Infant Schedule

The daily schedule in the infant environment is tailored specifically to the needs of the infant. Upon enrollment parents provide a schedule of their child’s typical routine. This helps ease the transition for the child. Teachers will follow this schedule and keep note of occurrences throughout the day. Each day parents are provided a written schedule of feedings, diaper changes and naps.

Feeding and Changing

  • Parents are responsible for providing all meals for their infant.
  • Each classroom is able to store and heat formula as well as fresh or frozen breast milk.
  • All bottles and breast milk must be labeled with the current date.
  • Parents supply all diapers, cream, and extra clothing for their child.
  • We are able to accommodate the use of cloth diapers.
  • The Parent Library is a private area that is used by nursing mothers to breastfeed and/or pump milk.