For children ages 6 weeks - 18 months, the infant class is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Parents choose time slots according to their needs - morning only, morning until 2:30 p.m., all day, or afternoon only. Our low class ratio of 3:1 provides a comfortable, intimate environment.
In the infant room, the children develop according to their own natures and have the freedom to create their own personalities. We follow each child's natural growth pattern. The environment conforms to the physical needs of the children, both in the size of the furnishings and in the opportunities for motor development. In a Montessori atmosphere the children are free to explore their environment and develop physically, socially, intellectually and academically in activities and learning areas. Here infants learn to care for themselves and interact with one another and their environment in an atmosphere of loving support and respect. Montessori materials and equipment are especially designed to help little muscles develop coordination, helping the child gain independence and self esteem. Special attention is given to the development of expressive and comprehensive language skills.
The Montessori classroom provides a prepared environment where infants develop naturally in their own way and at their own pace. The prepared environment is characterized by order, simplicity and beauty which meet the needs of the child. The focus of the infant environment is on fostering basic trust in the child.
At the Montessori School of Camden, we believe in following the child, and we work closely with parents to make sure that each child's individual needs are met.