For 1 - 2 years


Nido (or "nest" in English) describes the nurturing classroom environment designed for infants. All of the young child's developmental needs are met with warmth and care by expert staff, such as their desire to walk and talk, eat and drink independently, and understand the world around them.

Program Highlights

Gross motor development progresses rapidly for infants, and we support it through free movement. Wedon’t use playpens, jumpers, or highchairs since they restrict developing mobility. Instead, everything is lowered to the infant's level where babies gain strength, coordination – and confidence!

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Montessori guides will observe and guide each child towards natural routines for sleeping and eating, letting the child drive the process. We gently support and encourage the child as he becomes increasingly independent, developing healthy relationships with sleep, eating and toileting along the way.

Nido side by side

The use of one’s hands opens the door to intelligence. Montessori infant materials are carefully designed to support this developing hand-brain connection. Careful attention is given to milestones like whole-hand grasp, pincer grasp, hand-eye coordination, and coordination of two hands working together.

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Montessori guides strike a gentle balance between doing for, doing with, and stepping back once independence is achieved. Your baby will be given full support and be empowered to try new things as part of Montessori’s “freedom within limits.”

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Our interactions are vibrant and meaningful. We describe what each baby is doing, what we are doing, and what other children are doing with precise vocabulary, and we incorporate joyful songs and stories. Our goal is to familiarize her with precise language and help her to begin to understand emotions. We expose your baby to as much vocabulary as possible, by clearly identifying objects and actions.

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Sample Half Day Schedule

*Schedule varies by program & location
Activities *Schedule varies by program & location
8:50 to 9:00 am
Drop-off and Arrival

All children arrive, greet their guide, change shoes and choose work.

9:00 to 9:30 am
Snack & Routine Care (depending on the age of child and needs)

Children wash hands, help prepare snack and enjoy time with friends. Diapering or toileting as needed.

9:30 to 11:00 am
Montessori Work Period

Children choose work; guide presents individual or small group lessons. Diapering or toileting as needed.

11:00 to 11:30 am
Gross Motor

Free play, organized games. Children engage in purposeful gross motor activities using a variety of physical educational tools. Diapering or toileting as needed.

11:30 to 11:45 am
Group Gathering

Guide reads stories, sings songs, and leads language games with children.

11:45 am to 12:00 pm
Routine Care & Dismissal

Children prepare to leave. Diapering or toileting as needed.

12:00 pm

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