Le Petit Nido (0–14 months)
Our Le Nido/El Nido curriculum was developed after two years of intense observation on children and how they learn. Nido teachers are trained to be observers. They monitor every child, give individual attention, and adapt developmentally-appropriate activities based on each child's progress. We also focus on a child’s senses and ability to become autonomous and independent in their learning, as well as paying close attention to their psychological and physical comfort.
We create a warm “homelike” setting so that children are able to make strong, familiar connections and build fixed reference points. The classroom includes a sleeping area, a dining area, bathrooms, and a playroom.
As the babies grow and show signs of readiness for each new stage of development, we have stations designed to encourage them to roll over, sit, crawl, stand up on their own, and walk. This helps them develop gross motor skills and spatial awareness.
In addition, we foster social skills by encouraging the babies to have constant contact with each other and with their teachers. The children eat lunch each day at a shared table with other children in their classroom, allowing them to freely interact and communicate with one another.
At Living the Language, our babies also learn logical concepts. We use interactive activities to help them develop logic skills. For instance, we allow their curiosity and exploration to drive their learning, and use toys as tools to help infants learn to adapt and understand their world.
At first, babies are fed by their teachers. Once they are able to sit, they have their meals at the table with other children their age. We see mealtime as a perfect opportunity to teach children about sharing and relaxation. It’s also a great time to introduce them to table etiquette, new healthy foods, and holding utensils properly.
Downtime & Sleep
A child’s autonomy is a key value at Living the Language. At Le Nido/El Nido there is a separate sleeping space for every child. There are also floor beds that are open at one end to allow the babies free access. This way, they can get in and out of their beds as they wish throughout the day or according to their sleeping needs.