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The Nido Environment

In Italian Nido means “nest”. Our Nido is designed to be comfortable and welcoming, so that you and your child will feel at home here.

All Montessori environments are prepared by the teacher in order to create a space for the child to explore without undue adult intervention. The environment should offer “freedom within limits” – a safe space, child sized furniture, and materials that have a clear and useful purpose. Because of the carefully designed space, the child learns to respect the materials and the people with whom he spends his day. One of the teacher’s primary responsibilities is to help the child learn to use the “work” on the shelves.

This Nido environment is divided into five distinct areas: Sleeping, Movement, Language, Sensorial, and Practical Life. We hope to be your choice for private infant school programs.

The Nido Philosophy


The first three years of life are the most critical period in your child’s life. It is our goal to nurture your child’s abilities, and to help her develop habits that will help her throughout her life. Thus as your infant grows, we will help her follow a daily routine, be kind to others, and to love learning.

In this phase of life she is constantly learning, absorbing everything in her environment. We recognize that the child will develop mentally, physically, and emotionally when she is free to explore her world. So we create “a prepared environment, in which the child, set free from undue adult intervention, can live her life according to the laws of development” (Maria Montessori).


How To Register Your Infant for RMS

Reston Montessori School is pleased to be one of the few Montessori schools offering an Infant/Young Toddler program. Please, feel free to talk to us and reach us for more information.

Call For Inquiry


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According to Virginia Department of Social Services, parents have to be ready with all the necessary records. The admission forms are available on this website and can be downloaded.


Forms filled with all required details along the appropriate certificates must be put together.


Please print out the appropriate form (EFT-debit or Credit Card authorization), complete it and submit it to our office.

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Reston Montessori Nido Gallery



What Parents are Saying

A review on

Rated 5.0 out of 5
February 14, 2018

Our daughters have been attending Reston Montessori since September.Coming from a traditional education environment to Montessori learning transitioned them into a thoughtful learner. They questions processes and asks why, instead of adapting to doing the same thing over and over again the same way. Their kind teachers and adorable Director let you trust and believe that everything they are teaching will be carried with them in their future . I would recommend Reston Montessori to any parent who wants to provide their child the opportunity to grow outside the boundaries of traditional education and allow the child to find their hidden strengths and build on them.


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Rated 5.0 out of 5
January 14, 2017

I have been sending my toddler here and we absolutely love it! She’s thriving and learning so much. She had met every developmental milestone months early. The teachers are so caring, nurturing, and loving to all of the children. I can’t say enough good things about RMS.


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Rated 5.0 out of 5
May 9, 2016

My daughter is thriving beautifully at RMS – I couldn’t be more happy with her progress and we’ve only just begun. The teachers are kind, patient and incredibly supportive of her growth. I’m provided direct, specific and constructive feedback so I can echo the Montessori Method at home and help my baby girl continue to achieve the tasks she SO wants to master. The administrative staff is very helpful and they communicate consistently which is a nice change of pace from our last school. I know my daughter is learning and growing every day — she’s safe, happy, challenged and supported. So thrilled I made the move to RMS!!


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