Infant Community Programs

Two infant community children sitting at lunch table.

Enrolment in the Infant Community program is separate to waitlisting for the Stage 1 – 3 (3 to 12 years) program. To waitlist a child for Pre and Primary, attendance at a tour is required along with the corresponding application fee.

Infant Community Booking Process

Infant Community programs are offered on a term-by-term basis. There is no waitlist, offers and bookings are made in accordance with the following steps.

Students attending the current term of Infant Community classes are given preference to enrol in the following term. Offers are made via email to the nominated parent. Current family re-enrolment offers in the same age group level are made on the Monday of Week 5 of each academic term. Families are provided one week to re-enrol before the next round of offers are made.

After that, offers are made to families who are already attending the current term of Infant Community classes and are moving up an age group. These offers are made on the Monday of Week 6 of each academic term. Families are provided one week to re-enrol before the next round of offers are made.

Once this process is complete for families attending in the current term, any remaining vacancies are opened to all others, early in Week 7 of each academic term. A direct booking link for each program with vacancies is posted on this page of the website and under the relevant course pages.

How to Book

Bookings open on Monday 10 January, 2022. 
For Nido, Toddler Transition & Parent Toddler Programs, current ISMS Infant Community parents can Apply Here.
If you are new to ISMS Nido, Toddler Transition & Parent Toddler Programs Apply Here.

For The Montessori Nest and Consultations (one-to-one sessions) please refer to Parent Seminars.

Placement Priority

We encourage families to start an Infant Community program early in their child’s life if considering placement for Pre and Primary. 

First time bookings are accepted for children under 2.5 years of age as a minimum of six months of the program is necessary to optimise outcomes. First time bookings for children over 2.5 years of age may be refunded if demand exceeds places for the younger age group.

On occasion a Transition to Stage 1 place (term prior to starting Stage 1) is offered to children over 2.5 years if they’ve been offered a Stage 1 place but have not attended the Infant Community previously.

Places are limited and we are often unable to meet demand for the Infant Community for children wishing to join after 18 months of age. Joining the program at pregnancy or before 15 months (Toddler Transition start age) provides priority entry to the 18 month to three year course – the Parent Toddler Program (PTP).

Term 1, 2022 Vacancies 

Please refer to the start dates and timetable on this page regarding specific attendance details prior to booking.

Once your place has been secured we will send you instructions to confirm your booking through a program App, as well as an invoice to pay for the term.

Term 1, 2022 Program Course Costs 

The cost of each program for the coming term is outlined below. Fees are non-refundable.

  • Montessori Nest: $380 one-to-one 3 hour consultation
  • Nido for Newborns (0 – 4 months): Online offering is free of charge
  • Nido (4 – 15 months) and Toddler Transition (15 – 18 months): $330 8 week course
  • Parent Toddler Program (18 – 36 months): $550 10 week course
  • Transition to Stage 1 (two sessions or more per week without parents, by invitation only) $73.75 per session.

Term 1, 2022 Attendance Dates 

In Term 1, 2022 the Infant Community is operating from Tuesday 1 February to Friday 8 April.

The Parent Toddler Program runs for the duration of the Term and the Nido and Toddler Transition program runs from the second to second-to-last week of term. The specific starting dates for each class is as follows:

  • Nido (0 – 4 months) Thursday 1:00pm to 2:30pm: 10 February
  • Nido (4 – 15 months) Monday 1:00pm to 2:30pm: 7 February
  • Nido (4 – 15 months) Tuesday 1:00pm to 2:30pm: 8 February
  • Nido (4 – 15 months) Wednesday 1:00pm to 2:30pm: 9 February
  • Toddler Transition (15 – 18 months) Monday 9:00am to 10:30am: 7 February 
  • Toddler Transition (15 – 18 months) Tuesday 9:00am to 10:30am: 8 February
  • Parent Toddler Program (18 – 36 months) Wednesday 9:00am to 11:00am: 2 February
  • Parent Toddler Program (18 – 36 months) Thursday 9:00am to 11:00am: 3 February
  • Parent Toddler Program (18 – 36 months) Saturday 9.00am to 11.00am: 5 February

Participants attend one session per week at the same day and time. 

Term 1, 2022 Class Timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Transition to Stage 1 (Balmain)
8:45am – 12:15pm 

Toddler Transition
15 – 18 months
9:00am – 10:30am

 

Transition to Stage 1 (Balmain)
8:45am – 12:15pm

Toddler Transition
15 – 18 months
9:00am – 10:30am

 

Transition to Stage 1 (Balmain)
8:45am – 12:15pm 

PTP
18 – 36 months
9:00am – 11:00am

 

Transition to Stage 1 (Balmain)
8:45am – 12:15pm

PTP
18 – 36 months
9:00am – 11:00am

 

 

PTP
18 – 36 months
9:00am – 11:00am

NEST 
Pregnancy – Newborn
(On request)

Nido
4 – 15 months
1:00pm – 2:30pm

Nido
4 – 15 months
1:00pm – 2:30pm

Nido
4 – 15 months
1:00pm – 2:30pm

 

Nido for Newborns 0 – 4 months (Online)
1:00pm – 2:30pm

 

 

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See How to Enrol for further details regarding wait listing and enrolments for Preschool and Primary at ISMS.