We have beautiful rooms and gardens and offer a varied and extensive curriculum for children from 3 – 6 years old.
In our Kindergartens, we provide time and space for the natural, unforced development of key life skills by creating a warm and secure learning environment where the qualities of childhood are nurtured. This allows children to build a strong base for social and emotional competence, literacy and numeracy and more formal learning in the Lower School.
Free creative play strengthens the imagination, and repeated research studies have shown that children who are encouraged to enjoy creative play tend to show more empathy towards others and to display less aggression. They are more likely to have the capacity to see things from the perspective of the other, and demonstrate fewer signs of anxiety, distress or fatigue. In Steiner early childhood education, children are allowed to learn through investigation, exploration and discovery, encouraging them to become inventive and adaptable.
For children between the ages of 3 to 6 the early childhood atmosphere is like a warm loving home.
Up to the age of seven, teaching works with the children’s will, through activity, and through imitation.
There are strong weekly rhythms, which include handicraft, baking, painting, woodwork and gardening.
The day follows a regular rhythm of creative play, songs and counting games, little lunch, outdoor play and story time, an activity such as food preparation, bread making, painting or modelling, then ring-time including songs and counting games, morning snack, outdoor play and story time.
Daily story telling nurtures the imagination and develops the love of literature.
There is also a seasonal rhythm and festivals are celebrated through the year.
We have 3 mixed age Kindergartens at our school, and each Kindergarten is able to take up to 16 children between the ages of 3 and 7 years old. Each Kindergarten is held by a teacher and an assistant.
The Kindergartens run from 8.20 am until 12.20 am.
We offer afternoon care sessions after Kindergarten on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. These finish at 2.50 pm.
For more information please see our Parent Handbook: