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What’s So Special About The IMS Infant Program?

The Children

The Nido is home away from home to babies aged 3 months to 17 months. True to Montessori’s philosophy, our infant environment supports a range of ages.

The Environment

The Montessori infant environment is a tranquil, safe place for mobile and non-mobile infants that stimulates the senses while maintaining a peaceful place to learn. The environment is designed first to be beautiful, serene and inviting. It is a dynamic, ever-evolving space that is adjusted to meet the needs of the infants growing in the space. Not-yet mobile babies have protected, quiet spaces to explore sights, sounds and materials. Our crawling babies can pull up on specially designed low shelves and gain the strength and coordination they need to walk. Our Nido toddlers can move about freely, choosing materials and practicing their budding social-emotional skills. Infants of all ages sleep on comfortable floor beds according to their individual sleep schedules. Parents are welcome to come at any time to breastfeed or give their infant a bottle.

“The child who has felt a strong love for [their] surroundings and for all living creatures, who has discovered joy and enthusiasm in work, gives us reason to hope that humanity can develop in a new direction.”
Dr. Maria Montessori

The Teachers

The Nido teachers are specially trained to move thoughtfully through the environment, offering the necessary assistance and support to the infants as they learn to become successful, confident individuals. All teachers use baby sign language to support communication, in conjunction with plenty of language learning through narrating, singing and reading. Teachers support the infants in independent toileting, including upright diaper changes when the infant can stand and using a potty chair when the infant can safely sit. Infants and their teachers form close, trusting relationships that are the foundation for learning.

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What Do IMS Parents Say About Us?

“We were amazed by how well prepared our twin boys were to transition into a toddler Montessori environment from the Nido. When our older son entered the toddler program, we didn’t know how he would handle the level of independence expected of an 18-month-old in a Montessori classroom, after being cared for at home. We have no doubt that our twins are fully prepared, as they already engage in many tasks independently and enthusiastically at this age, after spending eight months in the Nido. Their transition from the Nido to the toddler classroom has been amazingly smooth and gentle. By the time they had their first full day in their new classroom, they seemed like full members of the toddler classroom community.

We can’t say enough about the gentle, loving, respectful care that our boys received in the Nido classroom from their teachers. The environment really is an ideal place for infants to grow into healthy, capable toddlers.”

– Sarah & Spencer

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