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Nido – (nest) Infant Classroom

pic_infantA child’s early months are a time of great sensitivity to bonding in order to establish trust in the world; as well as language, order, sensorial impressions, and development of coordinated movement. Our Infant room (Nido) supports the child’s development of movement, independence, and capacity for active exploration. As infant language acquisition is absorbed, our environments offer rich opportunities for babies to learn. Our respect for each child is expressed by how we engage him in each activity with warm eye-contact and verbal explanations of each step.

In our Infant environment there are special materials to stimulate brain development, as well as a variety of tactile objects for children to explore. Because this is the period when infants learn to roll over, sit, scoot, crawl and walk, the room has many opportunities for movement. There are many differences between a Montessori Infant environment and traditional daycare settings: our babies do not spend their active hours in playpens, jumpers, walkers or other containers.

In our Infant rooms you will see…

  • Many soft floor mats and bolsters on which babies can move freely and develop gross motor skills.
  • Mirrors positioned close to the floor to stimulate tummy time and self-discovery.
  • An abundance of pillows for infants to climb over.
  • Low shelving with materials for fine-motor development and cause/effect, such as puzzles, rings on a post, and containers to open and close.
  • Pull and push toys to promote gross motor movement.
  • We support breastfeeding! We welcome mothers who would like to nurse their baby during midday visits.
  • We use low tables and chairs for snacks and solid meals. We believe this provides young children with a valuable first experience at gaining independence with self-feeding.
  • An outdoor space designed with soft surfaces and a variety of spaces to explore, plus equipment to climb over and through.