In the homely, caring environment of our Kindergarten, children are given the freedom to enjoy childhood. Your child learns through play, exploration and the world around them, discovering and developing without pressure, as their intellectual capacities naturally awaken. It’s a gentle introduction to school and the wider world.
The family atmosphere, mixed age group and small class size (of just 16) give a deep sense of warmth and security where confidence and social skills thrive. Children learn to play together, to work together and look after one another – developing empathy, cooperation, and self-reliance – vital building blocks for life success of all kinds.
A video looking at the Steiner approach to Early Years education
Beautiful surroundings nourish your child’s developing senses – soft pastel fabrics, vivid water colours, the touch of beeswax, the smell of crushed lavender. In free play with simple, natural materials a wooden bench becomes a rocket, plaited wool ropes are mermaid’s hair.
This freedom to engage deeply in imaginative play is a wonderful gift – stimulating creative, inquiring minds that stay with our children for a lifetime.
Reassuring daily and weekly rhythms are the foundation for imitation and learning. Painting today, chopping vegetables for soup tomorrow, and, always, cleaning on Friday. By watching the adults busy at work children learn by seeing, doing and active participation.
Traditional songs, rhymes, and stories offer a rich exposure to language, cultivating children’s natural love of words and focusing memory and concentration; while counting games and rhythmic activities build a solid foundation for number skills.
The natural world and outdoor play are a key part of Kindergarten life. The children play outside whatever the weather.
Well wrapped up against the cold, we walk and explore the local park. Outside there’s space to run and skip, play in sand and mud and ride in a wheel-barrow. Activities reflect the changing seasons and children celebrate a diversity of festivals throughout the year – developing a love and appreciation of nature, a sense of community and a rich inner life of feeling.
Playing, working, singing, dancing, making, exploring and story-telling – these are your child’s experience of Kindergarten. Underpinning it all, the Teacher is expertly supporting their developmental needs, gently observing and encouraging them as understanding and inquiry grow – helping your child acquire the social, physical and intellectual foundation for future learning and life.