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What is the ratio of adults to children?

When the center Is running at full capacity there will be a ratio of 1 to 6. 

Will the children have a snack in the morning?

Yes, children are encouraged to bring a snack to have midmorning.

Can I leave a pram on site?

There is space designated in the plan for foldable prams but we ask parents to only leave a pram if necessary. Baby carriers can be left on site.

What about baby’s that take a bottle?

Parents need to bring breastmilk or formula in named bottles. These can be kept in the fridge but must be taken home at the end of every day.

Can I come and breastfeed my child?

You are more than welcome to join us at lunchtime if you would like to breastfeed your child. Please speak to us to make arrangements.

Can my child wear reusable nappies?

Yes, we support reusable nappies but they must come with a bag to store used nappies and taken home at the end of the day.

My child has an allergy, special need or requires medication, will Nido make arrangements for him/her?

There is a space for you to tell us about this on the application form. We will do our best to accommodate the needs of all children.

What are nido’s opening hours?

We open every weekday from 8:00 until 17:00 

What extra curricular activities will be available?

We are still in the process of arranging these. 

How do I know if my child is suited to a Montessori environment?

María Montessori created a pedagogy for all children. The earlier this starts the better. Please read The Science Behind Montessori to find out more about the benefits.

What can I do at home to prepare/support my child?

We arrange workshops related to Montessori in the home specifically for parents of students.

Can I visit the centre to see what my child is doing?

A montessori education works best when all caregivers work together and communicate. Parents are welcome to come during drop-off and pick up times and meet the staff.  We will also arrange meetings with parents throughout the year.

I have 2 or more children that I want to attend, is there a family discount?

Yes, there is a discount of 10% for all subsequent children admitted to the centre.

How will I know how my child is doing in the centre?

We know that a good relationship between parents and Guides is key to developing an environment in which children can grow and learn successfully.  We encourage parents to attend the centre when dropping off or picking up your child.  Your child’s Guide will provide you with written and verbal feedback at the end of each day relating to your child’s activities at the centre. You will also be invited to attend meetings with your child’s guide in the autumn and again in the spring to discuss your child’s progress.

How does a bilingual centre work?

Please read our Multilingualism at Nido article for more information.

Do the children have a key guide?

Yes, the Guide depends on the age of the child.

What are 3 hour work cycles?  

Maria Montessori said that “play is the work of a child”.  Children need to have the time to complete their “work” without interruptions.  Montessori found that the ideal period is 3 hours. Here is a video showing a 4 year old at “work”.  Please keep in mind that we do not expect the same from younger children, but we allow for children to work towards this time.

How ‘cuddly’ are the guides and assistants?  How do you deal with a crying child?

As I am sure you are aware, children cry for many reasons.  We believe that all children need contact with familiar, consistent carers to ensure they can grow and develop socially and emotionally.  Young children in particular need to be cuddled, encouraged, held and offered physical reassurance.

Do children have set activities to complete before they can go onto the next set of activities?

The center follows the advice of María Montessori.  The evaluation process is completed on an individual basis by the Guide and many activities use the same materials but in different ways.  However, certain activities will require the child to have certain skills, for example, they cannot do activities involving washing clothes until they have the fine motor skills to pinch the peg, otherwise the activity is frustrating.

How does Montessori fit in with children who are deemed to have a higher learning potential or be ahead for their age?

The fact that children can work on tasks at their own pace often removes much of the frustration that children can feel from having to work at the speed of others.  Montessori recognised that all children develop at a different pace and therefore the set-up of our center allows children of a similar age to work on different activities within the same room.  If you are interested in reading about Montessori and children deemed Gifted and Talented, please see the articles below.