The Kindergartens offer an early childhood educational experience based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education. Rudolf Steiner emphasizes the “Kingdom of Childhood” through the world of play, fantasy, imagination, rhythm, beauty, and purposeful work. It is from these experiences that all other learning grows. Our program provides opportunities for emotional, social, creative, cognitive, and physical development. Predictable daily and weekly rhythms establish a sense of order, and security in the child.
Waldorf early childhood education is a nature-based education. Every morning the children play outside and go for a walk in the forest. After lunch, the children go out again until pick-up at 2:45 pm. Our outdoor program includes free-play and nature walks, gardening, games, campfires, picnics and festivals.
This nature-based learning is supported by our seasonal verses, songs, puppet shows, fingerplays, and storytelling told in a weekly rhythm. These activities help to strengthen the child’s ability to listen and focus, expand language development, foster memory growth, and create the foundation for long-term literacy. Movement and circle games help improve physical coordination and dexterity, and quietly build capacities for the understanding of mathematical concepts.
The children enjoy the daily activities of drawing, watercolour painting, baking, and making crafts such as beading, felting, beeswax modeling, and sewing.
The Nelson Waldorf School Kindergarten program qualifies for the BC Ministry of Education Independent School certification for children turning five years by December 31st. Two Kindergarten programs are offered as full-day programs from 8:00 am to 2:45 pm; both programs run Monday through Thursday. The teachers have met BC Independent School Teacher certification as trained Waldorf educators and have current First Aid certificates.