Infant Community program

Between 18 months and 2.5 - 3 years.

Children between 18 months and 3 years of age join the Infant Community, a small and intimate group of twelve children and two trained guides.

There are two program options: half-day or full-day.

The environment conforms to the physical needs of the children, both in the size of the furnishings and in the opportunities for motor development. There is minimal furniture, tiled floors, maximum natural light, selected art placed low on the walls, toilets sized for very small children, and defined spaces to challenge coordination of movement.

The Infant Community has three distinct areas:

  • The movement area includes stairs and a platform; movement mat; push cart; wall bars; materials for eye-hand coordination such as threading, bead stringing, cubes on pegs, spheres on horizontal pegs, puzzles, gluing, folding; and various practical life exercises.
  • The practical life area includes materials necessary for preparing and serving a snack, setting and clearing the table, sweeping, caring for plants and animals, dish washing, clothes washing, polishing, hand washing, window cleaning, flower arranging, and so on.
  • The language area includes miniature objects, language nomenclature cards (parts of the body, family members, pets, components of the neighbourhood, the school, and the home), books (fiction, poetry, nonfiction), spoken vocabulary enrichment exercises, and other activities including art and music experiences.

Enrolment options for the Infant Community program include:

  • 5 days a week: Monday to Friday
  • 3 days a week: Monday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Friday
  • They are enrolled for Half Day 9 am - 1:00 pm or Full Day 9 am - 2:30 pm
  • Early morning childcare is available 8:30 – 9 am
  • After school childcare is available 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Between Activity
8:30 - 9:00 Early Welcome and breakfast
9:00 - 11:00 Montessori work cycle
11:00 - 11:45 Movement activities / Free play
11:45 - 12:45 Lunch time
12:45 - 13:00 Free play (Get ready to leave HD)
13:00 HD dismissal
1:00 - 2:15 Choose between: nap / group activities
2:15 - 2:30 Goodbye Circle and Story Time
2:30 FD dismissal

This is an example of a 'typical' day in our Montessori classroom. Since we are a traditional Montessori school, we follow the child. Timings may change due to special events and the needs of the children.