Le Petit Nido (0–24 months)
At Le Nido/El Nido, our curriculum was developed after conducting intense observations of how children learn. Nido teachers are trained to be observers. They monitor every child, give individual attention, and adapt developmentally appropriate activities to a child’s development and progress. We also focus on a child’s senses and abilities to become autonomous and independent in their learning. As well as, paying close attention to their psychological and physical comfort.
We create a warm “home-like” 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, toilets and a playroom.
As the babies grow and develop signs of readiness, we have stations designed to encourage them to roll over, sit, crawl, stand up on their own, and to 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 their teachers. Everyday, the children eat lunch at a shared a table with other children in their classroom so they can interact and communicate with one another freely.
At Living the Language, our babies also learn to accumulate logical concepts. We utilize interactive activities to help them develop logic skills. For instance, we allow their curiosity and exploration skills to drive their learning and we use toys as tools to help infants learn to become adaptive and to understand their world.
At first, the babies are fed by their teacher. Once they are able to sit, they have their meals at the table with other children their age. We use mealtime as a great time to learn about sharing, relaxation. It is also a time when the infants become exposed to table etiquette, holding utensils properly, and experiencing new healthy foods.
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 children. 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 bed as they wish throughout the day or according to their sleeping needs.