The Nido Environment is a special place meant to replicate the home. In the Nido, the children will be met with warmth, love, care and respect. The infants have a safe and clean environment to move, explore and discover in daily. Under careful observation and with patience the teachers aid the children throughout their day. They provide the necessary space, time, and materials as they develop hand-eye coordination, grasping skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, language and coordination of their body through movement.
The Nido program provides a comforting place to breastfeed, practice gentle weaning when ready, and an introduction to toilet learning. The teachers and parents continuously collaborate to help promote healthy development and happy children. Together, we work together within the community to create harmony.
Nido Program Schedules
8:00-12:30 Half Day
8:00-3:00 Full Day
3:00-6:00 Aftercare available
The Nido maintains a 3:1 ratio. 3,4,5 days per week schedules can be offered.
The NIDO program provides parent education on how to set up the home for the infant, how to care for the infant in the home environment, and how to make mobiles and developmental aids. We also provide information about infant development and age-appropriate behaviors and skills. Home consultations are granted upon request from enrolled families.
- Ability to drink from a bottle
Classroom specific information
- Bring bottles/ food in a lunch box
- Label all belongings
- All diaper/rash/ medication/ teething aids must have a medical release form filled out
- Breast milk/ formula and bottles are provided by the parent. Each child must have accessibility to 20 ounces of milk each day. If the infant runs out of his/ her milk, please be prepared to bring more milk or have an early pickup day.
- Please remove shoes before entering the classroom
- Nursing mothers and visitors are welcome to come during the day. Nursing schedules will be established with the teacher before enrollment. Please call before visits.
- If your child uses cloth diapers a wet bag must be provided every day. In the event a wet bag is not provided; the child will use paper diapers for the day
- Daily reports (bottles, diapering, sleep) are recorded and available daily. Tempe Montessori uses Schoolcues to record reports. Reports are electronically sent daily
- Please provide 3 pairs of extra clothes to be kept at school
- A blanket from home
- low bed for napping
- Mattress covers
- Blankets (TMS has extra blankets if needed)
- Food/ milk storage
- Breast milk, formula or milk
- Weaning/solid foods
- Diapers. Cloth diapers or pullups
- Extra clothing
Please leave your schedule open the first few weeks your child attends school. An early pick up may be needed.
The NIDO program will provide all the necessary developmental aids for the child. Please leave toys, pacifiers and any other additional belongings at home.