Infant / Toddler 0 - 3
In an Infant / Toddler community two age ranges can be distinguished:
Nido (2 months to 12/15 months)
Montessori Infant Community offers babies the Nido: an environment that is specially prepared for babies before they can walk. Parents and caregivers may join a Parent-Baby Class that gives them opportunities for involvement. It provides an environment in which they may interact with their child, with one another and/or with a Montessori trained adult who guides this interaction. The classes focus on how to observe the child and how to offer appropriate activities.
Toddler (12/15 months to 3 years)
Once children start walking, they may join the Toddler Group in which they develop basic motor coordination, independence and language skills. The Toddlers Classroom is not just a classroom. It is a nurturing environment where very young children for the first time experience structured contact with other children. The Toddler materials may look simple, but based on years of observation, experiment and study they are precisely designed.