The Nest:  Infant and Toddler Programs

"Education starts at birth" Maria Montessori

Our Nest, "nido" in Italian, houses our infant and toddler programs for children between the ages of 6 weeks to 3 year olds.  This area is divided into 3 primary rooms (required by State of Maine licensing rules); the baby room for children between the ages of 6 weeks to 12 months old.  The young toddler room for children between the ages of 12 months and 18 months.  The toddler room for children between the ages of 18 months and 3 year olds.

The baby room's teacher is experienced with needs of the developing infant.  She provides lots of cuddle time, nurturing, feeding, diapering and resting.  She also observes the babies to know when they are ready to use the next developmental equipment/materials such as the ballet bar for core strength or crawling ramps.  The baby room is also equipped with many sensory objects to help develop eye/hand coordination, fine motor skills, hearing, sight, touch and gross motor development.

In the young toddler room, most of the children are walking.  This room is equipped with various sensory equipment such as ramps, mirrors, sensory pool and many manipulative materials.  Children are starting to learn about cause and effect, developing language and learning to follow direction.  Materials are added and removed to keep the room fresh.

The toddler room is the largest room for children between the ages of approximately 18 months to 3 year olds.  The teachers in this room maintain a daily schedule which includes time for inside "work" with the materials, circle time, outside time, snack, lunch, diapering, potty training and rest.  There are many age appropriate materials that the children can use which includes lots of books, threading, object stringing, cubes, puzzles and blocks, etc.  The teachers set up lots of materials for sensorial art and experiences as well.  In this area, as the children develop in age, it is the goal to help prepare them for the preschool classroom.