Nido Program – 6 weeks to 2 years – Offered at the Calaveras Montessori Campus


“The greatness of the human personality begins at the
 hour of birth.”

Nido Program – 6 weeks to 2 years – Offered at the Calaveras Montessori Campus

In the Calaveras Nido and Pre-Primary program, each child is nurtured as a unique individual, encouraged to explore in a beautiful, safe, and orderly space with materials carefully chosen for their educational purpose and sensory qualities. A critical opportunity for development, these first years of life are an extraordinary period of cognitive and emotional growth, brain development, and language acquisition. Our Nido and Pre-Primary Montessori-trained teachers form close bonds with the children, nurturing language and body awareness development through freedom of movement and exploration. Under their care, the children establish a strong sense of security and autonomy, laying a foundation for lifelong learning.

Nidos: 6 weeks – 2 years

From birth, babies are marvelous learners, immediately investigating the sights, sounds, and feel of the world. In our classrooms, each child develops a sense of being a separate, independent self, which comes from being treated as an important individual.

Our Montessori curriculum provides Nidos with a safe, rich world full of opportunities for active exploration and enjoyment through hearing, feeling, touching, and moving. Their world at Calaveras Montessori is filled with responsive interactions and language: many conversations with others, books (for even the youngest babies), songs, and lots of listening and responding to their vocalizations.

Spanish, music, baby sign language and early literacy activities enrich our Nidos’ daily experiences. Campus “field trips” in the baby buggy and time to explore their specially designed outdoor environment provide Nidos with a view of the real world via a fantastic array of sensory stimulation.

Our program is designed for comprehensive individual development at the child’s natural pace. Caring and learning are inseparable. Primary caregivers provide “on demand” care in an environment that maximizes mobility. A baby who feels safe also feels free to grow, move, and explore the surroundings. This provides an optimal opportunity to engage emerging physical, sensorial, perceptual, cognitive, and social skills.