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Nido and Toddler Introduction (0-3 years old)

Montessori strategies can be implemented from birth, and expanded upon as the child grows in abilities and independence. In this session, we will discuss basic principles for working with children aged 0-3, including ways to support a child in achieving independence, engaging in concentrative work, acquiring language, and absorbing healthy social interactions.
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Nido and Toddler Introduction (0-3 years old)


  • How does a Montessori Nido or Toddler Community function? What are the basics?
  • Four overarching goals for 0-3 Montessori Classrooms
  • Practical tips and best practices


  • Parents of infants and toddlers
  • Montessori educators
  • Montessori administrators
  • Assistant Guides interested in deepening their understanding of the Montessori approach with infants and toddlers


  • A holistic understanding of applying Montessori pedagogy with infants and toddlers
  • Four overarching goals for 0-3 Montessori communities
  • Practical guidance for how to achieve the goals
My child goes to a Montessori school and I also work at a Montessori school. This workshop confirmed my approach to the age group of children I work with and clarified my role as a guide in a nido and toddler classroom.
Workshop Participate in September 2021
Parent and Montessori Educator

Meet the Instructors

Laura Kalama
Laura Kalama
Laura is our Nido and Toddler Trainer. Over the past 15 years, Laura has been actively involved in early childhood education. She studied education with an emphasis on music at Bridgewater College, Virginia, then moved to California to work with infant and toddler families. She received her Montessori training from the Prepared Montessorian and served as a Lead Nido Guide before joining our team.
Monique Shen
Monique Shen
Monique Shen is our Nido and Toddler Trainer. After earning her BA in Psychology from Stony Brook University, Monique continued to pursue her interests in developmental psychology and found that her true passion was in early childhood education. She graduated with her AMI Montessori Diploma for the 0 to 3 age group from The Montessori Training Centre of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and is currently pursuing a dual master's in Early Childhood and Special Education. Monique has opened and led toddler communities, and has also worked as part of the training team in international Montessori training courses in Mexico City for Nido and Toddler guides seeking Montessori certification.
Mariana Serralde
Mariana Serralde
Mariana Serralde is our Senior Trainer. Mariana has been a Montessori educator for more than 20 years, working as a Children’s House Guide, Head of School, Montessori Mentor and currently as a Senior Montessori Trainer. She holds an AMI Primary Diploma from the Montessori Institute of San Diego, a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Second Language Learning. Her passion for Montessori and diverse experience across the world brings about an empathetic approach to spreading Montessori pedagogy. Mariana has worked and supported several teachers and schools throughout her journey, including bilingual Montessori environments at all levels and collaborating in the development of a dual-language Montessori model for one of the first public dual-language Montessori schools.
I took the workshop for self and professional development. My biggest takeaway is the emphasis on independence and treating children with respect and truly seeing them as capable.
Workshop Participant in September 2021
Montessori Educator


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