The Nido

(8 weeks to 18 months)

The Nido (Italian for "nest") provides a safe and nurturing environment for the infant.  The environment provides for the child's development of independence while fostering safe, loving relationships with the adults.  We maintain a 3:1 ratio of infants to adults at all times.

 

This is a 12 month program with school hours from 8:30 to 3:00, Monday through Friday.  Before care is offered from 7:30 to 8:30, and after care is offered from 3:00 to 5:30.

 

The physical environment is arranged to foster the infant's natural development. Children are not kept in containers such as walkers, jumpers, or playpens.  Rather, the environment allows for freedom of movement, safe discovery and sensorial exploration.  Children sleep on floor beds instead of in cribs.  This allows the child to choose to sleep when he or she is tired.

 

All food items must be provided by parents.  We are able to store breast milk and formula for children.  Parents must also supply all diapers, creams, and spare clothing for their child.