Infant Nido Program

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Adventure Montessori Lafayette Infant Nido Community

 

The Adventure Montessori Nido community is a carefully DSC07992prepared home-like environment designed for the changing developmental needs of the infant from 6 weeks of age to walking. Nido, the Italian word for nest, is appropriately used in describing the infant room’s safe, cozy atmosphere for beginning life. Each classroom has specific areas for awake time, eating, sleeping and personal care routines. The floors are heated and provide soft spaces for the exploration of blossoming curiosity. Each Montessori caregiver is attentive to the individual needs of each infant and is highly trained in observation skills and child development. Our nido room is also a parent community, in that parents are supported and offered parenting techniques and education. Breast feeding rooms are available for feeding or just for snuggling during those opportune times of the day. Our caregivers support and work with your whole family.

Often when families are touring a traditional Montessori Nido environment, one of the first things they notice is the uncluttered, open space. Then they begin to wonder where all the accessory equipment is, such as high chairs, walkers, swings and cribs. The answer is that all these pieces of equipment inhibit the infant’s ability to freely move about and explore his/her environment and are not used in a Montessori classroom.

Floor beds are another example of allowing infants the freedom to safely explore their environment according to their natural body rhythms of sleeping and awake hours. Even before an infant can crawl, he/she discovers that by wiggling out of the floor bed, exploration can continue! Maria Montessori observed that infants and toddlers learn through movement and the exploration of their surroundings. When encouraged and allowed to explore uninterrupted, they absorb a plethora of information about the real world they live in. Understanding about spatial relationships, cause and effect and problem solving techniques are all foundational concepts learned by moving, touching, seeing, hearing, tasting and smelling.

Schedule

Each day, parents will plan their baby’s schedule with the Montessori caregiver for determining individual feeding, sleeping and diaper changing routines. Each child’s unique, natural biological rhythms are observed and respected as he or she goes about the daily work of self-creation; creating the person within the child.
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