The Nido: From 6 to 18 Months
Help Me Do It Myself


Program Description


Your child is a billionaire. Yes! Children are born with 100 billion neurons, just waiting…waiting for stimulation, waiting for experiences and waiting to connect. Infants are born with tremendous potential; they are eager to learn, explore, and try new things. Dr. Montessori's research and experience as well as current information teaches us that brain and physical development progress faster at this time than at any other time in life. In the carefully prepared infant Montessori environment, the babies are provided with rich sensory materials and a calm but stimulating setting. They learn to use their large muscles for crawling, walking and running. They use their small muscles for grasping and touching, and later, for eating, writing, and painting beautiful pictures. 

At Montessori Schools of Shanghai, infants have plenty of room for play and exciting materials to stimulate their need to learn. Infants are cared for by Montessori-trained infant teachers and assistants. These caring adults help infants develop strong, loving, trusting relationships and attachments that will help to prepare them socially and emotionally for adulthood.

Classroom Description


Everyone wants the best for their babies. If it is not home, we try to make it mimic home the best we can. In the environment for the infants and the non-walking children, we create 4 areas that are found in homes: sleeping, personal care, eating, and living/playing.


There is an area just for sleeping; a cozy, quiet area, with beds on the floor available to the children whenever they need to rest. Personal care and hygiene also has its own space. Bathing, changing, dressing, and everything that belongs with developing the awareness and necessity for caring for our own bodies are contained in one area.


The eating, or food area, has everything from a comfortable chair for the adult to feed a baby, to a small sturdy table and chair presenting the child with a different way to eat. Plates, utensils and even drinking cups are all part of the eating area.


Every home has one area where the family gathers. Our space too provides the child with opportunities to play (and work) at developing the skills, both fine and gross motor; he will need to move on to higher learning.

What's Next?


When infants approach the appropriate developmental age to transition to the toddler room, the infant and teacher will visit the toddler room. First, they will visit for one-hour periods of time. Then the infant will visit for toddler playtime and naptime. The entire process is gradual and dependent on the level of comfort of the infant. The teachers wait until the infant is ready to fully transition, and only then is he or she fully transitioned into the toddler room. This process could take anywhere between a week to a month.


The child is now ready to transition to the Toddler classroom, for children from the ages of 18 to 36 months.