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The Nido Program

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The word ‘Nido” comes from the Italian word meaning ‘nest’ and conveys the spirit of the infant room. Our infant room is comforting, warm and inviting with care taken to provide nurturing, calm stimulation to enhance the development of young children ranging from 6 weeks to 16 months.

Classroom Focus

The classroom focuses on two basic needs of the infant:

  • A safe bonded relationship between adult and child which conveys the message of unconditional love and acceptance.

  • The development of the child’s growing sense of self and independence.

 

The simplicity and aesthetic order of our Nido environment supports 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.

Program Overview

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.

  • The Nido classroom has a capacity of 8 children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 16 months.

  • The adult to child ratio is 1:4.

  • The Nido program strives to foster independence, physical development, and language development for the infants.

  • The Nido classroom refrains from the use of pacifiers in order to teach the children how to self-soothe.

  • Sign language is used in order to help the young child communicate effectively.

  • Each child has an individual crib in a quiet sleeping area.

Our Nido room fills quickly, if you are interested in our infant program, please submit a request to schedule a tour. Most families sign up six to eight months before child is born.

 

6:30AM - 8:00AM 

8:00AM - 9:00AM 

9:00AM - 10:30AM

10:30AM - 11:00AM

11:00AM - Noon 

Noon -1:00PM 

1:00PM - 3:30PM

3:30PM - 5:30PM 

Example Daily Schedule

 

Drop Offs / Breakfast

Bottles / Diapers / Free Play

"Quiet Time" (Nap) (Older infants (Snack / Art / Books / Blocks / Puzzles)

Diapers / Outside Time (if weather permitting)

Lunch Time

Bottles / Diapers / Free Play

Nap Time (All Infants)

Bottles / Diapers / Free Play / Pick-ups (Snack Time for Older Infants)

*All infants are different so this schedule may not be exactly the same for each infant.

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