Early Childhood – The willing phase

The first seven years in a child’s life are vital for laying the foundation for the future growth of the whole child’s physical, intellectual, social and emotional development.

In the Waldorf/Steiner Early Childhood curriculum teachers prepare children informally with numeracy and pre-literacy skills. Through the daily experience of self-initiated play, verse recitation, singing, music-making, dancing, watercolour painting, drawing, modelling, cooking, gardening and caring for animals, these skills are imparted in a rich and artistic way.

The domestic arts fill the day with purposeful activity, creating a dependable routine. This in turn creates a feeling of security in an environment which is warm, aesthetically pleasing and safe.

Stories and fairy tales are told and acted out. The children live vividly in these pictures and the teacher ensures that the stories
are age appropriate and have integrity, both in their moral and intellectual content. They also help to foster a sense of wonder and delight, bringing the child into a positive and caring relationship with the natural world and each other.

Children experience nature and the changing seasons with all their senses during outside play-time in the beautiful kinder garden and on regular, invigorating walks in the neighbouring bush reserve and rural setting.

Mixed Age Kindergartens

Pipit and Fantail are mixed age kindergartens for ages 3-6, where children learn by helping younger children and imitating older children.  Children learn through rhythm and routine.  Within their day they have ample time to play, undertake craft, tidy and clean, cook a meal, hear told stories, rest and sing.

To enrol in kindergarten complete a School Enrolment Form enrolment-application


Fairy Wren Playgroup

The heart of childhood is play, the most natural activity of a child. Fairy Wren Playgroups offer a joyful and nurturing environment, in harmony with the young child’s development, while supporting parents on their journey…

Morning Playgroups: Our morning playgroups are for parents and children from birth to Kindergarten age. Each playgroup meets once a week and is facilitated by a Steiner trained playgroup leader who guides the group through the mornings activities including stories, songs, verses, bread~making and free~play, both indoors and out.

Our cottage is a warm and inviting early childhood space within the grounds of Tarremah Steiner School. Our toys are made from natural materials while the garden is a haven for outdoor exploration. Each family is asked to bring a piece of fruit for our shared morning tea.

Sessions: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Time: 9.15 to 11.15 am

Cost: Per session is $20 Concession $17 x number of weeks in each term.

  • Fees are payable by the term and due on the first day.

Contact: for more information, expression of interest and enrolment:
Karen Bright ~ 0488 230 164 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays) Kristy Brake ~ 0431 833 959 (Thursdays)

Fairy Wren Playgroup is an independently run, not-for-profit initiative committed to the wellbeing and health of the whole child while supporting parents in their journey.

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