International Bilingual Montessori School - Frankfurt am Main
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The Toddlers' Group
The Toddlers' Group The Toddlers' Group

The Nido Groups (under 3 years old)

Organisation

ibms has two Toddlers' groups which consist of about 10 children who are under three years of age. Each group is guided by two teachers. The day begins -- as in all other groups -- at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Groups are full-day. The common language is English. The children receive a morning snack and a warm lunch. They have a rest in the early afternoon during which most of the children sleep. Twice a day, the children play outside, weather permitting.

Tasks and Goals

In these groups, the children have their first experience being in an institution outside their family home. Facilitating this separation is the most important task at this stage. The children are meant to find their way in a new social and spatial environment. This requires building a relationship of trust between the children and their teachers. The children also become accustomed to the presence of other children and to interacting with them. To wait, share and be part of a group are important and new social experiences which the children have here. Some children will begin to learn a new language.

With the help of Montessori and other materials, the children learn how to cope with their daily life (dressing, eating, opening, closing, pouring, etc.); they also refine their senses with the aid of constructive and creative materials (building, sculpting, painting) and by watching and listening to each other. Acquiring knowledge of colours, shapes, sizes, etc. already adds to their basic skills. During their time in these groups, the children become accustomed to using the toilet independently.

The change to Pre-school usually takes place at the beginning of a school year in consultation with the teachers and subject to the availability of free places.