Nido (6 - 18 months)

The Infant/Toddler class, or called the Nido in Montessori term, is a place where young children are encouraged to experience and explore their world in a safe, beautiful and ordered milieu. The “work” of the toddler is a constant exploration of their expanding environment and the formation of their independence. 

Inspired by the Resource for Infant Educaring (RIE) method and following the Montessori approach, MIS views infants and young toddlers as unique humans with their own identities, preferences, and desires. With a safe, but cognitively challenging environment, children are given the freedom to explore and develop at their own pace. 


The Nido curriculum in the Montessori International School is carefully designed to cater to the unique needs and developmental stages of the children from 6 to 18 months. 

The environment is structured with developmentally appropriate furniture and materials that help infants and toddlers move freely without total dependence on the adult assistance.

For this age group, learning experiences essentially consist of and come from a daily solid routine; age-appropriate toys, objects and activities; freedom within limits; and the adult’s trust and loving, respectful care.

Classroom activities

Nido Montessori classroom activities are designed to meet the natural milestones children develop during their first several months.These activities aim to promote independence, organization, coordination and problem-solving ability. They aim to help build concentration, encourage the children’s social and emotional, and cognitive development.Everyday routines provide the main foundation for this age group, with activities that cater to their needs. These classroom activities include but are not limited to:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Grasping activities
  • Climbing using gross motor toys
  • Outdoor play
  • Simple food preparation
  • Practical Life work, care for self
  • Grace and Courtesy lessons
  • Music and movement activities