Early Years Open Morning – Preview

  • An inspiring and nurturing education

    for children age 3 to 18

Early Years Open Morning Preview

Welcome to Cardiff Steiner School.

We’re delighted you are considering our School for your family, and are really looking forward to meeting you at our Early Years Open Morning.

Our Open Mornings are experiential. As well as a chance to see the spaces and meet the teachers, you and your child are encouraged to get hands-on and experience some typical activities of a Kindergarten morning (see the full programme below)

You’ll be able to talk with the Teachers and our Admissions Team, and ask any questions you have, but the focus is on getting a real, practical taste of our approach, rather than hearing about it through talks and presentations (it’s a long time for little ones to listen to adults talking).

We understand the importance of finding the right School for your child so we’ve created this Preview Page for you to learn more about the School, Steiner Education, and our nurturing approach in the Early Years (age 3 to 6).

We encourage you to have a look at the videos and information below before you come to the Open Morning, and to bring along any questions that come up for you.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please do get in touch with me on admissions@cardiffsteiner.org.uk or call 029 2056 7986.

With warm wishes

Nicola Robinson, Admissions Officer

Programme

See the full programme for the Open Morning here [pdf 386kb]

Videos

As well as a video from our Teachers, we’ve included other videos about Steiner Waldorf Education. Do take your pick and enjoy as many as you have time for or think are relevant to your family.

‘Becoming’ an introduction to Steiner Early Years Education

A beautiful look at Steiner Early Years Education (from birth to age 6) around the world shot in South Africa, Israel, Japan, India, South Africa, Guatemala, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Germany [20:36 mins]

 An Introduction to our Kindergartens

Our Kindergarten Teachers, Anna Podesta and Isabella Mancini, introduce you to some of the approaches we use in Kindergarten including footage from our Kindergarten sessions. [16:46 mins]

Other videos about Steiner Early Years Education

Waldorf 100

Steiner Education was 100 yrs old in 2019. This lovely film celebrates the growth and current worldwide boom in Steiner Education – with over 1,100 schools in 80 countries around the world [17:51 mins]

Preparing for Life

A beautiful film looking at how Steiner Waldorf Education prepares children and young people for life in a rapidly changing world. From the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Silicon Valley, USA  [18:14 mins]

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What our parents say

“Designed around children’s needs. We have seen our daughter thrive in this kind, caring and stimulating environment. Everything is age-appropriate for the children, and not target-based. The emphasis is on creating an environment where each child can reach his or her full potential in a non-pressured, play-based way.

The child’s development is thought of as a whole, rather than concentrating on one particular aspect. Our daughter benefits greatly from the multi-cultural understanding within the school, where everybody brings something of value to the mix. She is brimming over with creativity, which has been actively encouraged by her Steiner education.”

“My four year old son completely adores it. This is more significant because he was a very reluctant starter. The teachers were wonderful with him (and me!) as they eased us in gently. These people aren’t here just to pay their bills, they’re here because they believe in and love what they do. I wanted somewhere for my son where he could be HAPPY and have the company of other children without academic pressure – I found all that here and more”

“It’s a privilege to be involved closely with your child’s education, for them to feel that this isn’t just somewhere where you leave them but is somewhere that you are all connected to and have a presence.”

“When he came home after the Michaelmas Festival I’m sure he was an inch taller, he was so happy and so pleased with his day. He stood proudly in his Autumn Leaf Crown and Golden Cloak and told me that it was ‘the best day in Kindy ever’.

He said that when the children from the Classes joined the Kindergarten children to sing ‘Morning has come’ it ‘felt wonderful Mummy, it echoed through the whole school’. Then his eyes opened wide and he said ‘and later we went into the ‘Great Hall’ and had a feast Mummy, it was real feast!’. Thank you for another wonderful day!”

” Kindergarten has taken me on a personal journey. I have been supported and guided by teachers and other mothers; offering me opportunities to grow as a mother and an individual. All the while knowing my daughter is happy, safe and respected.”

“A wonderful, caring and creative environment. There were a lot of good play groups and reception classes in our area, but nothing compares to the kind of play I have seen in the Kindergarten.

It was by chance that we came to register her, but I am so glad that we did! I had taken our children to the Parent and Toddler group and loved the wholesome child-centred approach but wasn’t sure if Kindergarten was for us. I didn’t know much about the teaching methods and it was across town when we wanted to minimise our use of the car. We were on the verge of selecting a nursery nearby when I bumped into a mum… who mentioned there were still places available… and I jumped at the chance.

It has worked out really well. She adores her teachers and the imaginative play is echoed in her play at home and with other children. And transportation is easier as I now lift-share with other parents.”

“It’s a little haven where children have the opportunity to be free to explore their imagination… It just needs to be seen to be believed.”

“I like the seasonal approach – the way that songs, stories, activities and even food all tie in together. When they go outside it is an even more positive experience for them. This is particularly important for our city kids; the kindergarten experience reinforces their link with nature.”

“I watch my daughter playing with a neighbour’s child from another school. They both have the same materials, but my daughter is spreading paint, talking about what it means. The other girl is drawing a house, chimney etc and I’m suddenly aware that she’s worrying about getting everything right, whereas my daughter has been freed to see whatever she wants to see in her work.”

Some of our parents will be on hand at the Open Morning to talk more about their experiences as a family and to answer any questions you have. Just come and find them for a chat in the Main Hall.

How to get here

The School is located in the residential area of Llandaff North. Please park considerately for our neighbours (not in front of driveways, on drop curbs or too close to corners) or use nearby Hailey Park Car Park 2 mins away. There is also a parking facility at Llandaff train station which is a 2 minute walk from the School. We are very well served by public transport with excellent bus links within Cardiff, and Llandaff train station just two streets away. The Taff Trail cycle route runs through Hailey Park next to the school.

Cardiff Steiner School
Hawthorn Road West
Llandaff North
Cardiff CF14 2FL [google map]

Telephone: (029) 2056 7986

Any Questions?

Nicola Robinson in our Admissions Office is looking forward to talking with you about how Steiner Education could suit your child. Please contact her to find out more below or call 029 2056 7986 email admissions@cardiffsteiner.org.uk

Nicola Robinson

Nicola Robinson

Admissions Officer

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Next Steps

How do we make choices about our child’s education? It’s a decision that affects not just their school years, college or careers, but what their lives will look, feel and taste like for the next 10, 20, 60 years?

At Cardiff Steiner School we think the answer lies in much more than just tests and grades. We aim to equip children with the tools they need to navigate our rapidly changing world.

Confidence, curiosity, a sense of responsibility, compassion, courage, self esteem, happiness, motivation, direction, independence, a love of learning, a sense of adventure and a belief in their own dreams and goals…

Students come to Cardiff Steiner School from a variety of learning environments – private nurseries, state schools, independent schools, home-schooling, other Steiner schools – for a unique education they cannot find elsewhere.

If you enjoy the Open Morning and would like to find out whether Cardiff Steiner School is right for your child, we invite you to take the next steps…

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