0-3

A learning experience for the infant community

The first three years of life are the most fundamental in the development of human beings and their potential. The Montessori approach for children under three has a strong emphasis on parent education, on recognition of the parent as prime educator, and preparation of the home environment. The child’s first environment is his or her parents.  The parent/child relationship becomes the basis of future human relationships.

Dr. Maria Montessori believed that the first three years of life form a foundation for the rest of our lives. Montessori refers to the child at this period as the ‘spiritual embryo’.  A second embryonic period occurs after birth during the first three years of life when the child’s intelligence is formed, when the child acquires the culture and language into which he or she is born.  It is a period when the core of personality, social being, and the essence of spiritual life are developed.

The environment and stimuli that we provide for infants to interact with are fundamental for their development. In order for children to grow in awareness of their world, the environment must be adapted to their needs. An understanding of the child’s development, both physically and cognitively, allows environments to be prepared to meet the needs of the infant and foster independence, psychomotor development and language acquisition. This is monitored by the close observation of a trained Montessori Educator, who guides not only the children, but offers the parents and carers gentle and respectful approaches for interacting with their children.

The Montessori 0-3 Program offers a unique learning environment for parents and children, using specially designed materials, equipment and techniques which assist young children in realising their full potential.

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