Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy is founded in a deep respect for infants and their capacity for communication and independence. Our Infant program is specifically designed for children six weeks through one year who are walking steady (approximately 14 months).
The Infant prepared environment, or ‘Nido’ (the Italian word for nest), supports freedom and the natural development of movement, the development of sense of order and the development of language all within the context of a deep and loving connection.
Our curriculum primarily consists of providing care giving rituals and guiding infants towards independence. In our environment, infants learn to drink from a glass, eat at a table with their peers, will wean themselves and will learn how to move on their own time and in their own way.
Spondeo Preschool’s campus houses one Infant room. At full capacity, the Infant room accommodates nine children with one Lead Certified Teacher and two Assistant Teachers. Our student ratio of 3:1 is significantly lower than Arizona’s state mandated ratio of 5:1 in order to give the child the adequate attention he or she deserves and that parents would want their child to receive.
Our Infant Room hours are 7am – 5pm. While we highly recommend that children be enrolled in a five day a week, full time schedule, three or four day, a week options are also available.
Parents are required to provide either breast milk of formula for their child. To ease the transition from home to Spondeo Preschool, we strongly encourage exposing your child to the use of a bottle before you enroll them in our Infant program. Exclusive use of a bottle, however, is not necessary.
Spondeo Preschool is proud to prepare our own purees and baby food made from fresh, organic produce. All purees and baby food are made on site daily by our staff. For children who have not yet been introduced to solid foods, we are more than happy to develop an individual feeding plan with you.
Bathroom Independence: Children in the Infant Program will use cloth diapers provided by Spondeo Preschool. Cloth diapers eliminate developmental obstacles by giving your child immediate feedback (ie feeling of wetness) in response to the feeling of release. If a family chooses to use disposable/plastic diapers at home, we are more than happy to guide them on how to support consistent diapering and toileting between home and school.
In a Montessori program, the teacher, child, and environment create a learning triangle. The child, through individual choice, makes use of what the environment offers to him or her in order to grow and develop, interacting with the teacher when guidance is needed.
Spondeo Preschool has the lowest student to teacher ratio in the Gilbert and Chandler area. With our superior ratios and the Montessori method we have created an environment where precious children can flourish.
Spondeo Preschool endeavors to create the best environment to support the development of the whole child into productive and creative members of the classroom, their family and both the local and global communities.