Age of Admission : 1.6 years - 2.6 years
School Timings : 9am - 12pm
In response to the needs of society, as both parents need to work and the support systems of extended families are fewer and further, the Montessori system has developed a carefully studied and considered programme to help child and parent alike in this critical period of formative growth and anxious separation.
The programme caters to children between the ages of 18 months to over 2 years and prepares the child at a pace that gives him both comfort and confidence to enter the larger environs. Infancy - or the state of childhood where the child is yet to learn to speak - is a critical period. The environment is crucial: it must nurture and aid. Given the right tools - optimum encouragement, appropriate assistance, space, protection - the child develops wholly and completely.
Primary goals of the magical years infancy programme include development of movement and independence.The curriculum
focuses on fostering basic trust in the child. We are committed to protect the great inner powers children possess and to grow these
into individuals with mental and physical strength, confident of their capabilities and mindful of those around them.
Foremost in the environment is the adult whose caring, respectful response to the infant's needs, both physical and psychological, conveys the message of unconditional love and acceptance. When given the appropriate assistance in the first years of life, the child at three is an impressive human being. He is able to express himself perfectly, he can deal with all practical needs of life (dressing, washing himself, eating, etc), he can collaborate usefully in the activities of the environment, he can develop a logical pattern of thought that prompts him to question and has a clear awareness of his environment in all senses.
It is during this stage that the faculty of language and communication develop at a very impressive rate. From not being able to make more than basic needs known to the caregiver, the child - at a rate never matched in later life - develops the ability to convey much, much more ; he is able to articulate mood, fancy, need, urgency, with a vocabulary that is both formally presented and informally absorbed.
The 18-month-old enters the environment with his parent-an adult in whom he has complete trust. There are no attempts to force an early separation, the child ventures forth to the other adult and his peers only when he is ready. The child gains skills and confidence at his own pace, bolstered in the knowledge that he is not alone. As each child develops, he is encouraged to explore more around him, to reach out, to grow.The child who enters a pre-school programme with this foundationis more than ready for increased challenge and stimulation.