Nido Community – (Infants starting at 6 weeks)

BRMS Nido Classroom

The Nido program focuses on two basic needs of the infant—a safe bonded relationship between adult and child and the development of the child’s growing sense of self and independence.

The word ‘Nido’ is derived from the Italian word meaning ‘nest’ and it conveys the spirit of the infant environment. Our classroom is comforting, warm and inviting with care being taken to provide nurturing, calm stimulation to enhance the development of the young child.

The simplicity and aesthetic order of our Nido environment support safe discovery of the world as the child sensorially explores the environment. These spaces are then thoroughly enhanced by the tender care and developmental support offered by our staff.

Trust is a basic need that must be nurtured in the young child. Our trained staff care for and respectfully respond to the needs of each infant and in so doing encourage the development of that trust and convey a message of unconditional love and acceptance. As the child develops, this trust will serve to foster risk-taking and learning.

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”
– Dr. Maria Montessori

The Program

  • The Nido community has 9 children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 18 months.
  • The adult to child ratio is 1:3 with a Montessori Certified Lead and two assistants.
  • The Nido program strives to foster independence, physical development, and language development for the infants. This is achieved by having an open, safe classroom where the children are not inhibited by items such as playpens, walkers, or cribs.
  • The children sleep on floor beds instead of in cribs. This allows the child to understand that sleep is a choice that she makes for herself instead of something that is forced on her by an adult putting her into a “container”. Children fall asleep and wake up feeling self-assured and independent.
  • Children under the age of one are free to sleep when they are tired and eat when they are hungry. Around age one the teacher will begin to work with the parents to get the child on a regular eating schedule and one nap per day in order to prepare the child for the Pre-Primary Community.
  • The parents and the teacher must work together VERY closely during this time in order to ensure that there is consistency between home and school.

Lunch, Snacks, Diapers

  • Parents are responsible for providing all food items for their children. The classroom is able to store both breast milk and formula for the children under age one and milk or soy milk for children over age one.
  • All children are weaned off the bottle by 12 months.
  • Children will begin to wean on to solid foods by 5-6 months.
  • For all meal times children sit at the table and use bowls, spoons, and cups.
  • We will to warm food and bottles, as needed
  • After 12 months and when the child shows readiness, the teacher will work with you to help your child transition to an “open” cup.
  • Parents supply all diapers, wipes, creams, and extra clothes for their children. (wipes are shared within the classroom community and parents are asked to bring them on a rotating schedule)

Areas of Interest

  • There is a chair in the classroom for nursing mothers. This is a private space for mothers to breastfeed and/or pump breast milk.
  • Cubbies and hooks for coats and hats are provided outside the classroom. The hook is for the child’s coat and bag. Each child has a cubby outside the classroom for extra clothes.
  • The teachers maintain daily charts on the children. These are kept in a binder inside the classroom. The teachers document every time a child eats, sleeps, works, or has a bodily function.
  • Sign language is used in the Nido community in order to help the young child communicate effectively.
  • After 6 months of age, the children go for walks inside the school as well as around the playground in buggies that seat six children at a time. The Nido also uses wagons for this purpose. Staff maintains a ratio of 1:4 during walk times.
  • When weather permits babies that are mobile (crawling and walking) will spend time on the Pre-Primary playground. Staff maintains a 1:4 during playground times


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Schedule and Tuition

View the most recent Nido schedule and tuition list.