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Infant

“Education must begin at birth” – Maria Montessori the 1946 London Lectures

The Infant or Nido phases comprises the environment from birth to approximately 18 months.  An infant (from the Latin word infans, meaning “unable to speak” or “speechless”) is the more formal or specialised synonym for “baby”, the very young offspring of a human.

A Montessori classroom for infants, sometimes referred to as “The Nido” (Italian for “nest”), accommodates non-mobile or crawling infants in a peaceful classroom environment.