Nido Program

The word ‘Nido’ is derived from the Italian word meaning ‘nest’ and it conveys the spirit of the infant environment. The primary goal of the Nido program at MASB, (age 6 weeks to 14 months and walking), is to encourage, assist and protect the normal development of each child. Our classrooms are comforting, warm and inviting with care being taken to provide nurturing, calm stimulation to enhance the development of the young child.

Infants are provided with rich sensory materials in a calm but stimulating setting. They spend time with materials and aids appropriate for their age to develop coordination of their body through movement, language, grasping skills, hand-eye coordination, eating, spending time with parents, and resting.


Trust is a basic need that must be nurtured in the young child. Our trained staff care for and respectfully respond to the needs of each infant and in doing so, encourage the development of that trust and convey a message of unconditional love and acceptance. As the child develops, this trust will serve to foster risk-taking and learning.

A daily log of eating, movement and diaper changes are tracked and reported to the parents. Parents must provide formula or may come to breast feed. Parents may elect to enroll in our diaper and wipes program where we will provide these items for the child for an additional cost. Otherwise parents must provide wipes and disposable or cloth diapers.


Parents will be given opportunities to learn as well.The Nido program provides parent education on a variety of topics including how to set up the home for the infant, caring for the infant in the home environment, and how to make developmental aids. We also provide information about infant development and age appropriate behaviors and skills.

“The baby’s fundamental need – precisely because he is a human being – is to be loved. But it takes a mature person to love a baby, because love takes time, love takes patience, love takes fortitude, love even requires a certain kind of humility: to love another better than one’s self. The baby needs time to be understood: he needs time in everything he does.”
– Dr. Maria Montessori