Recently our Nido class (Long Day Care) celebrated its first anniversary. It was a wonderful afternoon where parents and children shared a picnic together. The event was attended by the current Nido students, and students who have graduated from the Nido class into Stage 1. Akila was also present to enable the Nido parents and children to meet their next teacher. We encourage as much interaction with the Stage 1 environment as possible and regularly take the Nido students over for a play in their playground. This process helps our Nido students transition easily from the Nido class into Stage 1.
Parents were given the opportunity to meet the other families and their children. At Elonera, we pride ourselves on being a close-knit community school and encourage interactions between our students and their families where ever possible. We focus on the holistic development of all our students and events such as this contribute to the child’s sense of belonging.
The Nido class opened its doors with only 2 students and over the past year, that number has grown to 24, which is a remarkable achievement. It is an indication that so many families value the Montessori approach to learning. All the Nido staff have enjoyed getting to know all the beautiful children in our care. We have loved watching them grown in confidence and independence and are happy to be part of their journey as life-long learners.