Infant Community: Pregnancy to 36 months
“Our work as adults does not consist of teaching, but in helping the infant mind in its work of development.” Maria Montessori
Dr Montessori believed that the first three years of life form the foundation for the rest of our lives.
0 – 3 Years Program
The Nest for Pregnancy to Newborns
This is a unique program offering families support and understanding of the newborn. Montessori stated that education should begin at birth.
Nido and Nido Transition (0 – 18 months)
Parents and their babies meet weekly (for 1.5 hours) in a nurturing environment to share knowledge about human development, experiences and ideas. Topics discussed include feeding, sleeping, toileting, the importance of brain and language development, hand-eye coordination and movement, to name but a few. The program is facilitated by a Montessori AMI trained Director of Assistants to Infancy. The sessions are conducted utilising shared information, readings, discussion, questions and answers. Observation skills of the child are learnt and ideas are provided for practical application to use in the family home. Each activity in this environment is specially chosen to appeal to the child and aid in the building of their psycho-sensorial motor and language skills. The activities also prepare for the child’s growing independence, self-esteem, confidence and concentration span. The Nido Transition program offers the child the beginnings of Montessori “Practical Life”. The Transition program is designed to give the young toddler the opportunity to explore more of the prepared environment and ready themselves for the move to the Parent Toddler Program (PTP). At this time the child shows great interest in beginning to do more for themselves.
Parent Toddler Program (PTP) (18 – 36 months)
PTP is a two-hour weekly session for parents and their toddlers who engage in a range of activities in a specially prepared environment. Parents are offered practical suggestions concerning the application of Montessori principles in the home and benefit from observing their child using these principles in the classroom. The program responds to the child’s absorbent mind and strong sense of order, which is particular to this age group. The room contains child sized furniture and activities that match the children’s physical proportions and their stage of development.
The Prepared Environment for 0-3 years
All Montessori materials are developmentally appropriate for the children and have been designed to meet the intellectual and social needs of children, in the particular age group; in this case children from pregnancy to 3 years of age. Materials are beautifully displayed and well kept, allowing them to be aesthetically pleasing and engaging for the children. All materials are accessible for children to use and put away as needed. The room is generally set up the same each week to give consistency and respect for the child’s love of order. If activities are put away in the same order then the children soon learn where things belong.
Parents are made aware of the importance of allowing their children to complete and repeat tasks without interruption or interference. In this way children build concentration. These and other principles of the Montessori environment, provide parents with hands-on experience of the practical application of the Montessori philosophy of education that can be applied at home.
Topics covered and the activities children are engaged with include:
|The Nest||Nido and Nido Transition||Parent Toddler Program (PTP) and Transition to Stage 1|
|Introduction to Montessori||Observation||Care of self|
|Environment preparation||The Senses||Care of the environment|
|First two months of life||The Brain||Food preparation|
|Physical care||Hand-eye co-ordination||Sensorial development|
|Movement||Language and enrichment of language||Hand-eye coordination|
|Communication||Music||Language development and enrichment|
|The Senses||Independence||Art and craft|
|Attachment and separation||Gross motor movement||Music|
|Role of second parent||Fine motor movement||Natural science experiences|
|Preparation of the adult||Social relationships||Gross motor movement|
|Equipment and materials||Fine motor movement|