The Nido (or nest in English) environment is a special, home like environment where the children feel safe to explore. Often this is the first environment away from home and our trained educators will provide a loving and supportive emotional environment for attachment and human bonds to develop.
To establish strong emotional foundations, the infants interact with the same educators day after day to develop their sense of security and opportunity to build lasting relationships they can depend on. Once this strong emotional connection has occurred, the infant will become more confident to explore the world around them.
Following your infant’s natural schedule encourages them to trust their body and helps them to develop a healthy relationship with sleep, eating, and toileting. In the Nido class, all your child’s natural cycles — like feeding and sleeping — are followed to develop a strong sense of security and trust in their carers, as they learn that their needs will always be taken care of.
Infants unconsciously use their hands to develop their brains and nervous systems. Our Nido environment carefully nurtures your baby’s developing intelligence by offering materials to explore and manipulate in intriguing ways.
Areas to encourage movement are obstacle free and stimulating as the child learns to sit up, crawl, pull to stand, cruise along furniture, walk and climb. Montessori materials are offered to develop the hand, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and object permanence.
We provide and maintain a rich language environment through our everyday interactions with the child by naming their actions, our actions, and the world around them. It is through these early conversations, both listening and participating in them, that infants learn their language and the foundations of consent and respect are built.
The infants have freedom to express themselves and all attempts to communicate are met with love and respect. Our interactions are lively and meaningful ensuring eye contact for the child to observe our facial expressions and movement of our mouths. Additionally, we read beautiful books, share poetry songs and rhythms.
"The development of the child during the first three years after birth is unequalled in intensity and importance by any period that precedes or follows in the whole life of the child"