Montessori infant-toddler programmes are provided in several different formats:
Infant Communities Provide.....
A Place For Movement
Before the child can walk the Nido provides low beds, floor mats next to mirrors with hanging mobiles, rattles and toys that encourage movement for the child to experience the freedom to move and to become familiar with his body. As he starts to crawl and then pull himself up there are bars and stools for support and to help the child to develop equilibrium.
A Place For Independence
Children are helped to dress themselves by practising with dressing frames that help them to button their coats and do up the velcro on their shoes. Child-sized utensils are offered to help them to take part in simple practical activities such as cutting a banana or squeezing an orange, cleaning the table, sweeping the floor and caring for plants and animals.
These activities help children to gain confidence in themselves and develop the ability to act independently.
A Place For Language
The child’s natural hunger for words is supported by vocabulary cards, stories, poems and songs as well as a trained adult who knows how to listen and talk to children so that they absorb a rich and varied