(6 weeks-15 months), 12 students per classroom
Scheduled Child: Faculty Ratio 3:1, DCFS permitted 4:1
The Infant Curriculum focuses on fostering basic trust in the child. Foremost in the environment is the adult whose caring, respectful response to your infant's needs, both physical and psychological, conveys the message of unconditional love and acceptance. Elements of the Montessori program are incorporated into the children’s environment for the purpose of exposing the younger children to typical Montessori materials.
The youngest members of the Montessori community are kept in the Nido (Italian for “nest) which is designed with a special movement area specific to this age group’s needs. In this space the children have access to customized stands, stairs and bars for pulling themselves up: a quiet sleeping area with individual beds/cribs: an eating area equipped with child sized tables and a physical care area for bathing and changing. Primary goals during this stage include development of movement and independence.