The purpose of the Infant/Toddler Development Program at the Montessori School is to encourage, assist, and protect the normal development of each child. Children in the program flourish in prepared environments which respect, support, and respond to their basic needs for independence, exploration, and the building of trust and self-esteem.
Infants and toddlers need not only love, emotional nurturing and a healthy physical environment, but also an environment which promotes their need to learn. The Montessori Teaching Method provides a basis for individualized learning activities appropriate for even the earliest stages of a child’s development.
We in the Infant/Toddler program believe that any kind of group child care will not work without communication between the parents and caregivers. Parent involvement is highly recommended; parents know their children better than anyone else. Parents and caregivers must feel comfortable in exchanging knowledge and experiences about the child.
During the early years of life, Dr. Maria Montessori felt that “The first thing the child’s education demands is the provision of an environment in which he or she can develop the powers given by nature.” Quite literally, the school environment is the curriculum.