Infant Program in NSW, VIC & ACT | Montessori Academy Childcare

Introducing the Infant Program

The Montessori Infant Program provides children with a nurturing learning environment that is full of educational materials that meet their specific
developmental needs and interests during the first two years of life.

During this stage of development, infants move through sensitive periods for movement, hand-eye coordination, language, order, small objects, and toilet training. The design of the infant classroom, and the educational materials within in, reflect these interests and provide rich opportunities for learning.

Similarly, the daily routine reflects this age groups need for consistency and repetition, while embracing children’s individual needs, interests, stage of development, and learning styles.

Once children complete the Infant Program, they progress to the Montessori Toddler Program, where they gain a formal introduction to all five areas of the Montessori Curriculum.

Supporting and nurturing our youngest learners as they take their first steps towards independence.

Maria Montessori

Infant Learning Goals

Achieving physical development milestones such as crawling, walking, climbing and jumping

Demonstrates independence skills such as self-feeding

Beginning to use one to two word phrases

Knows the names of body parts, colours, and shapes

Plays alongside others

Chooses an activity and packs it away

Explores objects in different ways

Uses simple gestures to communicate

Achieving physical development milestones such as crawling, walking, climbing and jumping

Achieving physical development milestones such as crawling, walking, climbing, and jumping is supported by providing infants with freedom to move in unobstructed spaces and engaging them in outdoor and music & movement programs, offering opportunities for exploration and practice of gross motor skills in a safe and stimulating environment, promoting physical development and motor coordination from an early age.

Demonstrates independence skills such as self-feeding

Demonstrating independence skills such as self-feeding is encouraged in infant learning through opportunities to practice these skills during the daily routine and practical life activities, such as spooning, where infants are given freedom to explore and develop self-feeding abilities, fostering autonomy and self-sufficiency from an early age.

Beginning to use one to two word phrases

Infants begin to use one to two-word phrases through exposure to the Montessori Language Curriculum and the encouragement of freedom of expression, providing opportunities for infants to engage in meaningful communication and language exploration, fostering early language development and the expression of simple thoughts and needs.

Knows the names of body parts, colours, and shapes

Knowing the names of body parts, colours, and shapes is facilitated through the use of Language Cards in infant learning, providing visual and auditory stimulation to support early language development and cognitive understanding, fostering the recognition and naming of basic concepts essential for communication and cognitive growth.

Plays alongside others

Encouraging parallel play and social exploration, infants engage in playing alongside others through freedom of interaction and movement, with open-ended play activities such as building blocks, playdough, craft, and outdoor games provided to develop motor skills and creativity in a supportive and stimulating environment.

Chooses an activity and packs it away

Facilitating independence in infants, the ability to choose an activity and pack it away is nurtured through Montessori presentations, where adults role model the process, providing visual demonstrations and guidance on selecting and tidying up materials, fostering autonomy and responsibility in daily routines.

Explores objects in different ways

Infants explore objects in various ways through the freedom to work with activities and the opportunity for repetition, allowing them to manipulate objects, experiment with different movements, and engage in sensory exploration, fostering curiosity and sensorimotor development in a supportive and unrestricted learning environment.

Child with bow pouring bells from a plastic jug into another

Uses simple gestures to communicate

Encouraging communication development in infants involves incorporating simple gestures into their interactions, facilitated by the Montessori Language Curriculum, which supports non-verbal communication through activities such as sign language or pointing, providing infants with tools to express their needs, desires, and emotions before they develop verbal language skills.

Infant Curriculum

Infant Curriculum

Early Years Learning Framework

The Montessori Curriculum and the Australian Government’s Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF): Belonging, Being & Becoming work together to nurture children’s potential. The EYLF incorporates five outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
  • Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
  • Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

Infant Curriculum

Wellbeing

Children’s happiness and wellbeing is at the core of everything we do. The Infant Curriculum nurtures children’s potential through positive, warm interactions, and collaborative partnerships with families. This includes respecting and valuing each family’s culture, beliefs, parenting style, and preferences for their child.

  • Each child’s individual eating and sleeping schedule can be accommodated
  • Breastfeeding and supplying expressed breastmilk is welcome
  • Cloth nappies can be accommodated
  • Families are supported and invited to contribute to the program

Infant Curriculum

Language

The Montessori Language Curriculum introduces infants to spoken and written language. Children use language materials to explore names, sounds, songs and music.

Example materials and activities include:

  • Colour and object matching cards
  • Object picture matching
  • Reading
  • Puppets
  • Music and songs

Infant Curriculum

Movement Skills

Infants learn through movement and exploration. Learning goals for infants include healthy physical development. Through the Infant Curriculum, children develop fine motor, gross motor, and fundamental movement skills.

Example materials and activities include:

  • Tummy time
  • Visual mobiles
  • Stair climbing
  • Bead maze
  • Pull toy and rolling toy

Infant Curriculum

Sensorial

The Sensorial Curriculum assists in refining the senses of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. Through sensorial materials children develop the ability to discriminate by size, colour, and texture.

Example materials and activities include:

  • Imbucare object permanence boxes
  • Three discs on the vertical dowel
  • 3D object fitting exercise
  • Sensory balls
  • Puzzles

Infant Curriculum

Practical Life

The Infant Program is designed to meet the developmental needs and interests of children aged 0-2. Children learn through movement and exploration using their senses.

Example Materials

  • Treasure baskets
  • Fabric matching
  • Spooning
  • Pegging
  • Nesting objects

Infant Curriculum

Early Years Learning Framework

The Montessori Curriculum and the Australian Government’s Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF): Belonging, Being & Becoming work together to nurture children’s potential. The EYLF incorporates five outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
  • Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
  • Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

Infant Curriculum

Wellbeing

Children’s happiness and wellbeing is at the core of everything we do. The Infant Curriculum nurtures children’s potential through positive, warm interactions, and collaborative partnerships with families. This includes respecting and valuing each family’s culture, beliefs, parenting style, and preferences for their child.

  • Each child’s individual eating and sleeping schedule can be accommodated
  • Breastfeeding and supplying expressed breastmilk is welcome
  • Cloth nappies can be accommodated
  • Families are supported and invited to contribute to the program

Infant Curriculum

Language

The Montessori Language Curriculum introduces infants to spoken and written language. Children use language materials to explore names, sounds, songs and music.

Example materials and activities include:

  • Colour and object matching cards
  • Object picture matching
  • Reading
  • Puppets
  • Music and songs

Infant Curriculum

Movement Skills

Infants learn through movement and exploration. Learning goals for infants include healthy physical development. Through the Infant Curriculum, children develop fine motor, gross motor, and fundamental movement skills.

Example materials and activities include:

  • Tummy time
  • Visual mobiles
  • Stair climbing
  • Bead maze
  • Pull toy and rolling toy

Infant Curriculum

Sensorial

The Sensorial Curriculum assists in refining the senses of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. Through sensorial materials children develop the ability to discriminate by size, colour, and texture.

Example materials and activities include:

  • Imbucare object permanence boxes
  • Three discs on the vertical dowel
  • 3D object fitting exercise
  • Sensory balls
  • Puzzles

Infant Curriculum

Practical Life

The Infant Program is designed to meet the developmental needs and interests of children aged 0-2. Children learn through movement and exploration using their senses.

Example Materials

  • Treasure baskets
  • Fabric matching
  • Spooning
  • Pegging
  • Nesting objects

The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth.

Maria Montessori

Daily Routine Overview

The infant routine outlines the typical daily flow for children aged six weeks to two years in the Montessori infant community. The infant’s daily routine provides a consistent pattern of activities for learning time, meals, rest, and outdoor play. The predictability of the routine helps children to feel secure and positively influences their emotional, cognitive, and social development.

7:30am – 9am
Morning
9am- 11:30am
Mid Morning
11:30am – 12pm
Lunch time
12pm- 2pm
Sleep or rest
2pm-4:30pm
Afternoon
4:30pm-6pm
Evening
Centre OpensMorning teaLunch timeSleep timeAfternoon teaIndoor activities
Morning GreetingOutdoor PlaySocialisingrest timeOutdoor playLate afternoon snack
Montessori Work CycleGroup timeClean upQuiet activityPack up timeCentre closes

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Montessori Materials for Infants