Nido(the nest): Assisting the child to engage with the world.
Ages 8 weeks to 15 months
The first few years of a child’s life are critical to his/her personality and intellectual development. To attain the best mental and physical capabilities, the young child requires a nurturing environment with interesting and beautiful materials, exposure to rich language, as well as one that promotes their very real need to learn. Our Montessori infant program provides appropriate activities for even the earliest stages of a child’s life.
Free the child's potential and you will transform him into the world. ~ Maria Montessori
The Nido Experience
Infant prepared environments at IMA feature sleeping areas with dedicated cribs for each baby, engaging materials on low, accessible shelving, lovingly-handmade mobiles displayed above a movement mat, and an area for self-feeding with infant-sized tables and chairs.
The Nido is designed to be a comfortable, home-like environment for the youngest children. The adults develop lasting, warm relationships with each infant and support the development of hand-eye coordination, self-feeding skills, gross motor skills, and concentration. Infants learn by engaging with each other and specially designed materials such as mobiles, grasping toys, and manipulatives. Infants also enjoy listening to music together and going for strolls around our spacious grounds. The care giving team includes a lead guide, morning assistant and afternoon assistant. The student-teacher ratio is between 3:1 and 4:1.
Infants follow individualized daily schedules provided by parents. Families also receive detailed daily reports. Cooperation and communication between the guides and parents is vital in ensuring a positive experience. Parents know their child better than anyone else, so both parents and caregivers must feel comfortable in exchanging knowledge and experiences about the child.
The Nido Program at IMA operates on a 5 day schedule:
Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 6:00 pm