The N.E.S.T. (Nurturing Environment Specialized for Toddlers) program’s objectives are to assist toddlers, ages 2 and 3, as they fulfill the basic human tasks of trust, separation, independence and self-control. Children need to know that they are safe, both physically and emotionally, and that they are loved for who they are.
The goal of the N.E.S.T. environment is to cultivate a child’s own natural desire to learn. We do this by encouraging children to experience choice and decision making, which empower them with intrinsic motivation and self-discipline and strengthen their ability to think and act for themselves. We guide each child to “do it by myself”, thus fulfilling the child’s basic need for independence. Additionally, by helping children believe that they are capable, competent and confident, we help create positive attitudes toward learning that last a lifetime.
The children will engage in hands-on activities (practical life), art and music, beginning literacy, math concepts, exploration and science, culture, and physical development. Exposure to both Spanish and French is introduced through basic words, phrases and songs.