About the Waldorf Early Childhood Program

The Waldorf School of Garden City’s curriculum is founded on the work of the Austrian philosopher and educator Rudolf Steiner who wished to create a form of education which would help pupils achieve clarity of thought, sensitivity of feeling and strength of will. After listening to his lectures, the workers at the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory in Stuttgart asked him to form a school for their children and in 1919 the first Waldorf School was founded. Today, from the bustling urban areas like Sao Paulo to the villages of Nepal, there are Steiner Waldorf schools, in over 64 countries serving children from birth to eighteen years of age.

Nursery

drawingFor children who are 3 years old by September 2016

  • A five day program, Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Optional Afternoon Care is available from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Waldorf School of Garden City’s nursery program is structured to provide a gradual transition from the life of the home to the structure of a school. In our classrooms, children become accustomed to working within a group, listening to stories, interacting with a teachers and new friends and following a daily routine, while at the same time being supported in his or her development as an individual through the encouragement of creative play, practical life skills and artistic opportunities. Each nursery classroom usually has between 16 and 18 children and meets for approximately three hours each morning. Where the family chooses to enroll their children in our afternoon program, lunch is eaten together around the table, followed by a rest and then further periods of play. An early morning drop-off time is also available.

Kindergarten

classroom-friendsFor children who are 4 or 5 years old by September 2016

  • Five day program, Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Optional Afternoon Care is available from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Each kindergarten class usually has between 16 and 18 children. Each group comprises mixed ages to create a large family structure where older children can become aware of the needs those younger, and the younger learn from the older child. Older children who are familiar with the rhythm of the kindergarten are encouraged to help the younger children and to ease their integration into the group. Each morning class lasts for approximately four hours. Where the family chooses to enroll their children in our afternoon program, lunch is eaten together around the table, followed by a rest and then further periods of play. An early morning drop-off time is also available.

Parent Child Classes

For families with children between 1 and 3 years of age

  • A two hour program, one or two days a week, which the child attends with a parent or another adult
  • There are four sessions a year – fall, winter, spring and summer – each of which runs for roughly 10 weeks.

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