Possums (Nido) 0-1 year olds

“Nido” means “nest” in Italian, capturing the idea of warmth and security. This concept is at the heart of the possum room, which is designed for children ages 0-1 years old. The educators provide a nurturing and safe environment where infants can learn through movement, exploration, and interaction with their peers and caregivers. The goal is to help children reach their developmental milestones by focusing on several key areas:

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Key Developmental Areas in the Nido Program:

Language Development

Communication Skills:
Infants are exposed to a language-rich environment where caregivers engage in constant verbal interaction, responding to the babies’ sounds and gestures. This helps in the early stages of language acquisition.

Storytelling and Singing:
Activities such as storytelling and singing are integral parts of the daily routine. These activities enhance auditory skills and introduce new vocabulary, fostering early language development.

Fine Motor Skills

Hand-Eye Coordination:
Infants are provided with toys and activities that encourage them to grasp, reach, and manipulate objects, helping to develop their fine motor skills.

Sensory Play:
Activities involving different textures and materials allow babies to explore with their hands, further refining their motor skills and sensory awareness.

Gross Motor Skills

Physical Movement:
The environment is designed to encourage crawling, rolling, and eventually walking. Safe spaces are provided for infants to move freely and develop their muscles and coordination.

Tummy Time:
Regular tummy time is encouraged to strengthen the neck, shoulders, and upper body, preparing infants for further physical milestones like sitting and crawling.

Social Skills

Physical Movement:
The environment is designed to encourage crawling, rolling, and eventually walking. Safe spaces are provided for infants to move freely and develop their muscles and coordination.

Tummy Time:
Regular tummy time is encouraged to strengthen the neck, shoulders, and upper body, preparing infants for further physical milestones like sitting and crawling.

Emotional Regulation

Secure Attachments:
Consistent and responsive caregiving helps infants develop secure attachments, which are foundational for emotional regulation.

Exploration and Curiosity

Safe Exploration:
The environment is carefully designed to be safe for exploration, allowing infants to satisfy their natural curiosity without undue risk.

Variety of Stimuli:
A range of toys, textures, and activities is provided to stimulate infants’ senses and encourage cognitive development through exploration.

Culture

Our Educators place a strong emphasis on creating an environment that is both safe and stimulating. This includes:

Safe Physical Space:
The space is designed to be free of hazards, with soft surfaces and secure boundaries to allow infants to explore freely.

Stimulating Materials:
A variety of age-appropriate toys and materials are available to stimulate learning and exploration.

Responsive Caregiving:
Caregivers are trained to be attuned to the needs and cues of each infant, providing personalized care and attention.

By focusing on these key areas, we support the holistic development of infants, ensuring they have the foundational skills necessary for future learning and growth.