Nido (Montessori)

by 01 Aug 2023Glossary

Nido (Montessori)

“Nido” translates to “nest” in Italian and is used in the Montessori context to refer to an environment designed specifically for infants. Not all Montessori schools that offer an infant program use this term[1].

In the Nido, the infant has the opportunity to freely move and explore the environment, which is carefully designed to be safe, nurturing, and stimulating. There are areas for movement, eating, sleeping, and care of self, with materials at the child’s level and available for exploration[2].


Montessori Quotes on Nido

“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.”
— Maria Montessori, “The Absorbent Mind”