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Bright Horizons at East 92nd

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Our Infant / Nido Program

"The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth." -Dr. Maria Montessori

The Italian word 'Nido' - meaning 'nest' - conveys the spirit of our infant environment, where each child is nurtured as a unique individual, and encouraged to explore in a beautiful, safe, and orderly space. Materials are carefully chosen for their educational purpose and sensory qualities.

These first years of life are an extraordinary period of cognitive and emotional growth, brain development, and language acquisition. Our Montessori-trained infant teachers form close bonds with the children, encouraging the development of language and body awareness through movement and exploration. Under their care, the children establish a strong sense of security and autonomy, laying a foundation for lifelong learning.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are our families.

"From that first visit, I realized this school was everything I wanted in a school. The staff is caring and they have so many safety precautions in place that helped me feel confident leaving my son there. When it’s your baby, you really need to know they’ll be safe and cared for. Bright Horizons definitely does that! "

Our Curriculum Components

“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”
-Dr. Maria Montessori

  • Independence Babies are marvelous learners, immediately investigating the sights, sounds, and feel of the world. In our classrooms, each child develops a sense of self and learns independent skills such as using a spoon, drinking from a cup, and sleeping on a floor bed.
  • Sensory Learning Our Montessori curriculum provides infants with a safe, engaging world full of active exploration through hearing, touching, and moving as well as meaningful interactions with caregivers, books, songs, and lots of response to their vocalizations.
  • Language Foreign language, music, baby sign language, and early literacy activities enrich our infants’ daily experiences. Campus “field trips” in the baby buggy provide infants with a view of the real world via a fantastic array of outdoor sensory stimulation.
  • Individual Care and Exploration Designed for individual development at the child’s natural pace, babies feel safe and free to grow, move, and explore their surroundings. This provides an optimal opportunity to engage emerging physical, sensorial, perceptual, cognitive, and social skills.

Learning at Home

Picture Blocks

You Will Need:

Empty cardboard boxes (cereal, shoeboxes, oatmeal boxes, etc.), photographs of familiar people or things, glue, contact paper

Directions:

Glue pictures to the boxes and then cover them with clear contact paper. Encourage your baby to build with, stack, knock over, and look at the boxes and pictures.

Tip:

Talk about who or what you see in the pictures. Say things like, “Who is that? Is that mommy?” and “There’s Daddy.” Infants will only play with a few blocks at a time, so you only need four or five. It is helpful for them to be similar in size and small enough to hold easily. Older children will like more variety and have better motor control to stack different sizes.


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