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.
The Fairy Wren playgroup runs morning and afternoon sessions with experienced leaders. Held in a beautiful and nurturing space, the children play with nature based toys, sing together, eat together and play in the small cottage garden. All Children under 3 are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian.
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