A program for Infants

10 weeks to 18 months.

The Nido classroom is a calm, cozy, homelike environment for babies.

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PROGRAMME

A program for Infants (Nido)

AGE

10 weeks to 18 months.

CLASS SIZE

8

A program for Infants

“The infant in arms has far greater mental energies than are usually imagined.” (Maria Montessori)

Lactation Guidance

We support breastfeeding! Our Infant rooms welcome mothers who would like to nurse their babies during midday visits.

Strong Bodies and Coordinated Movements

Much of your baby’s energy early on will involve building gross motor abilities. As children learn to hold up their head, roll over, push up off the ground, sit up, stand, walk, and climb they are developing essential skills to aid them in further cognitive development.

Babies in our infant rooms do not spend their active hours in playpens, jumpers, or walkers. These activities have been shown to impede a child’s ability to grow naturally.

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.
  • Low bars mounted to the wall and soft furniture for children to pull themselves up.
  • Interesting mobiles, grasping objects and rattles within reach.

For the older infants, where crawling and newly walking babies have their hands free for exploration, you will see:

  • Low shelving with materials for fine-motor development and cause/effect, such as puzzles, rings on a post, and containers to open and close.
  • A stair with low steps and a railing to practice climbing up and down.
  • Pull and push toys to promote gross motor movement.
  • An outdoor space designed especially for infants, with soft surfaces and a variety of spaces to explore, plus equipment to climb over and through.
  • We also have multi-child strollers for taking infants on regular “buggy rides” both outside and indoors around our campus so they can see more of the world.

The Prepared Environment

A child’s early years are a time of great sensitivity to bonding with the environment in order to establish trust in the world. This is a crucial bond that leades to greater development of language, order, sensorial impressions, and coordinated movement, both fine- and gross-motor. One of the most important keys to this development is a carefully prepared environment. Teachers at ExcelED Montessori Plus have been specially trained to create this enriched, learning environment for each child.

Hand Development = Brain Development

Dr. Montessori famously observed that “the hand is the instrument of the intelligence.” She understood that your baby uses her hand to fuel the development of her brain and nervous system. In a few short months, your baby goes from involuntary and reflexive movements to intentionally batting and grabbing at objects, then to releasing something once she has grasped it. From there, she learns more refined grasping abilities, including the all-important “pincer grip” later used for holding a pencil. She transfers things from hand to hand and coordinates her two hands for a chosen purpose (such as to bang things together!).

Do you offer school tours?

Tours are the best way to get to know our school. Please contact us online or call the campus you are considering, and we will be happy to set up a tour for you. Tours are available year-round, typically in the mornings (so you can see the children in action), and need to be scheduled in advance so we can give you the attention you deserve (as well as minimize classroom disruptions).

Can I observe your school in action before I decide to enroll my child?

Absolutely! We invite you to come back after your initial tour and spend an hour or longer with us. We ask that you give at least a week’s notice. It is important that we spread out our observers in order to protect the environment for our little learners.

6:30               Arrivals, Free Exploration, and Tummy Time

Exploring the classroom freely gives children the opportunity to do, see, feel, taste, touch, put together, take apart, wonder, discover, invent, accomplish and communicate all that they find.  Ideas can grow from ideas.  There is no limit to the learning that can take place.

7:00               Diaper Checks/Changes

7:30               Breakfast

In the morning, the body and the mind need enough energy to function properly.  This energy is provided by breakfast.  During the sleep hours, your child is not eating anything.  Therefore, the energy reserves of the body are substantially low after they wake up.  Breakfast gives children the much-needed nutrition after a gap of almost ten to twelve hours.

8:15               Small Group and/or Individual Morning Activities

Children participate in learning opportunities based on interest and developmental needs.  Some choose to participate in groups where social skills are enhanced, while others opt for individual activities and develop focus and concentration.

9:00               Diaper Checks/Changes

9:30               Outside/Physical Activity

Being outside is an exciting sensory experience for all children.  The changing nature of outdoors makes it an incredibly stimulating and multi-sensory place to be.  This is important as children learn and gain experience through all their senses.  From developing motor skills by crawling, walking, running, and jumping to helping your child sleep better at night, outdoor play is a regular part of our daily curriculum.

10:00             Circle Time/Story Time

Circle time is a great way for children to get a sense of community with others, to enhance their social skills, and to improve their attention span.  During circle time, children listen to stories, learn who is present and absent, discuss daily schedules, talk about special happenings in their lives, find out about new materials in the classroom, and perhaps, sing songs.  When children have opportunities to share their thoughts and ideas in a safe, encouraging environment, they begin to learn they are valued, capable, and important members of the group.

10:30             Diaper Checks/Changes

10:45             Lunch

The benefits to healthy eating are not taken for granted in our school.  Our specially trained chef is not only in charge of the menu but is also an important part of our school staff.  Our chef will make sure your child has a healthy menu tailored for your child while accommodating medical needs.

11:30             Diaper Checks/Changes

12:00             Naptime

Sleep is a major requirement for good health, and for young kids to get enough of it, some daytime sleep is usually needed.  Crucial physical and mental development occurs in early childhood, and naps provide much-needed downtime for growth and rejuvenation.  Naps also help keep children from becoming overtired, which not only takes a toll on their moods but may also make it harder for them to fall asleep at night.

2:00               Diaper Checks/Changes

2:30               Gross Motor Activities

Gross motor activities involve movement activities that encourage whole body development.  This includes activities such as crawling, walking, baby aerobics, yoga, etc.

3:00               Snack

An afternoon nutritious snack provides a boost of energy to help the children pursue new afternoon discoveries.  Along with proper nourishment, the snack time is an opportunity for the child to grow in independence as they learn to serve and clean up after themselves.

3:30               Diaper Checks/Changes

4:00               Outside/Physical Activity

Being outside is an exciting sensory experience for all children.  The changing nature of outdoors makes it an incredibly stimulating and multi-sensory place to be.  This is important as children learn and gain experience through all their senses.  From developing motor skills by crawling, walking, running, and jumping to helping your child sleep better at night, outdoor play is a regular part of our daily curriculum.

4:30               Diaper Checks/Changes

5:00               Center Play

Children explore the classroom during center play.  Classroom activities may be freely chosen, or teachers may guide children to specific activities to support growth based on teacher observation.

5:30               Diaper Checks/Changes

6:00               Story Time/Clean Up

At the end of the day, story time provides a calming environment as children begin to go home for the day.  Children are loved and reassured and items from the day are returned to order in preparation for the next big day of preschool.

The schedule is subject to change as we follow the needs of the child.

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