Early Years

‘If a child has been able to play, to give up their whole living being to the world around, they will be able, in the serious tasks of later life, to devote themselves with confidence and purpose to the service of the world.’ Rudolf Steiner

Our Early Childhood Programs are based on the inspirations of Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925). They provide a regular, secure rhythm of daily, weekly and seasonal child-focused activities. Steiner early childhood education emphasises learning through imitation and imaginative play. The programs provide many rich experiences, which strengthen and fulfil our children, developing an enthusiasm for life and joy in learning.

Our Playgroup, Ring a Rosie, Kindergarten and Prep programs create a clear pathway for your child’s entry into school.

Playgroup

A Steiner playgroup is an opportunity for parents and young children to come together with other families who are striving for a wholesome and quality space for their children. Songs, stories and the rhythm of active and quiet play are carefully planned to create a safe and joyous environment that is both enriching and nourishing. The school offers weekly playgroup sessions, run by a member of the Early Childhood faculty. This program offers the introduction to the life of the school and provides support and education to parents in their child’s early years.

Playgroup runs from Monday to Thursday from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Ring a Rosie

Ring a Rosie is our 4-year old Kindergarten where children embark for the first time into a group setting without their parents, for one session per week. The gentle rhythm of the structured activities and free play is the stepping-stone into our Kindergarten.

Ring-a-Rosie runs during Term 4 on Friday mornings from 8.45am to 12pm.

Kindergarten

Children join the Kindergarten in the year they turn five. The daily rhythm of activities again provides time for creative play. In play children learn sharing the cooperation with others in the group. Songs, verses, games and festivals connect the child to the seasonal festivals throughout the year. The tradition of telling well-loved fairy tales provides children with the foundations for creativity in their play. Children learn painting, wool crafts, sewing and beeswax modelling.

Our Kindergarten’s beautiful home-like environment is truly a ‘children’s garden’ with abundant natural playthings and space for imaginative play. Children attend the Kindergarten for up to three sessions per week. A full day program is also available.

Kindergarten runs on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday each week, from 8.45am to 3pm.

Prep

Prep runs from Monday to Thursday each week from 8.45am to 3.10pm.