Kindergarten is for children aged 2- 6 years, in a mixed age group. There are four morning sessions each week from Monday-Thursday.
In Kindergarten, we aim to nourish the child’s innate sense of wonder. Simple toys, crafted in natural materials, call upon the child’s imagination to create and play. Rhythm, routine and a homely environment give the child a sense of well-being and security.
Weekly activities include: baking, painting and modelling. In the daily ‘ring-time’ the children learn songs and rhymes about the natural world around them and the seasons. The stories are told rather than read.
The children can live fully in their imagination.
They learn through play and exploration of every day science during inside and outside play.
All these activities help to develop the child’s dexterity, co-ordination and memory, which we regard as the building blocks for learning.
The children can live fully in their imagination. They learn through play and exploration of every day science during inside and outside play.
How many days should my child attend?
This is something that the kindergarten teacher will discuss with you when you visit. You may wish to build the number of days over time as your child grows older.
In the Waldorf system children begin main school at age 6. This is in line with many other countries in northern Europe and we believe this slower start is beneficial to healthy progress. We encourage families of 5-6-year olds to take advantage of a full kindergarten week (four mornings) for their child. This helps your child transition to the busy days of primary education and ensures good pedagogical progress. If you are a parent of a 5-year-old, please discuss attendance with our kindergarten teacher when you visit the school. As it is a UK requirement for 5-year olds to attend full-time school, any parent whose child attends for fewer than four kindergarten morning sessions will need to complete a form for the Department for Education to show that they teach their child at home for the rest of the time.