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Toddler Community - 18months to 3 years old

Northfields International Nursery and Junior School is a private pre-nursery school which caters for children from 18 months to 3 years.

Maria Montessori observed that young children learn through use of their senses. She also found that if a child's mind is fully stimulated by purposeful activities in a rich environment in the first three years of life, the brain will develop a stronger ability to learn throughout his or her lifetime. Therefore, a Montessori Toddler Community is a carefully prepared environment in which children can explore with all of their senses to meet their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs. As they explore, toddlers learn independence and follow their interests.

Our staff are trained to prepare the Toddler Community environment and provide each child with the opportunity to follow his or her unique path of development. The Toddler Community consists of the following key areas:

Practical Life

Called "practical" because they are activities that allow children to contribute to caring for themselves and their environment. This area consists of indoor and outdoor environments designed to aid the child developing concentration, independence, and coordination of movement. Typical practical life activities include:

  • preparing food
  • setting a table
  • sweeping and dusting
  • caring for plants
  • flower arranging
  • washing dishes
  • dressing and undressing
  • using the toilet
  • eating with utensils
  • cleaning up spills


Language development is a large part of toddlerhood as children learn to name the objects around them and verbally express their needs. Toddler confidence builds as they gain greater skill and experience with expressing themselves.

Northfields also incorporates French into its curriculum, giving toddlers exposure to more than one language during this key period of language development.


Another area of exploding development at this age is gross and fine motor skills. Using large and small muscle groups, toddlers take advantage of indoor and outdoor environments and specially designed equipment to engage in movement games, climb, and develop eye-hand coordination.

Self-Expression Through Art & Music

Music and movement give toddlers many creative ways to express themselves. Singing, dancing, playing instruments, drawing with crayons, or manipulating clay can all strengthen independence, coordination, and motor development.