Childhood is a time of wonder
Young children see beauty and purpose in everything and are naturally curious about all that comes to meet them. It is this sense of wonder that opens young children to the world around them.
At the Nelson Waldorf School, the Cedar Forest Kinderhouse offers a variety of Early Childhood Programs.
Marigolds and Daisies Child Care Centres
Children learn about life first by seeing, and then by imitating what they see. The foundation for later learning is firmly laid through this imitative play. Therefore, great care is taken to surround the children with many meaningful experiences. Free indoor and outdoor play, singing games, stories, puppet shows, crafts, baking, gardening, eurythmy, painting, and beeswax modelling are natural activities for children from three to six. The role of the Waldorf Early Childhood Educator and Kindergarten Teacher is to create beautiful environments in which to foster the child’s natural curiosity and sense of wonder.
Our staff are certified Early Childhood Educators or certified Early Childhood Assistants, and our Lead Educator is Waldorf-trained.
There are currently spaces available in the Centre. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire today.
Drop-off is between 8:30 and 8:45 am each weekday.
- 8:30 – 10 am: outside free play/forest walk with mousey snack
- 10-10:30 am: circle/story
- 10:30-11 am: snack
- 11-11:30 am: free play
- 11:30-12 pm: drawing/painting/bread/crafts
- 12:30-1:30 pm: lunch
- 1:30-2:30 pm: story/nap/quiet time
- 2:30-3:30 pm: outside free play
Pick-up is between 3 and 3:30 pm each weekday.
Our daily schedule is consistent and follows a seasonal rhythm. When the weather permits during the warmer seasons, we picnic outdoors, take our snacks out with us and enjoy having outdoor stories and circles. During the cooler months, it may take longer to wake up and get outside. If the weather is especially poor, we may have a longer afternoon indoors. The above is the rhythm that we generally follow from day to day.
The “Kingdom of Childhood” is explored through the world of play, fantasy, imagination, rhythm, beauty, and purposeful work. It is from these experiences that all other learning grows. Our two-year, play-based 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.
Kindergarten 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.
Physical, emotional and cognitive development are subtly and inextricably linked. This view informs the Early Years curriculum which is tailored to meet the child’s changing needs during each phase. This is the very basis of a child centred education.
The young child’s primary mode of learning is through doing and experiencing – he or she ‘thinks’ with the entire physical being. The nature of this early learning is self-motivated, through active feeling, touching, exploring and imitating. This immersive experience prepares students for formal instruction once they move to Class 1. Through experiential, self motivated physical activity the small child ‘grasps’ the world in order to understand it – an essential prerequisite for the later activity of grasping the world through concepts. Children are encouraged to master physical skills before abstract intellectual ones.
The Nelson Waldorf School Kindergarten program qualifies for the BC Ministry of Education Independent School certification for children turning five years old by December 31st. Two Kindergarten programs are offered as full-day programs; both programs run Monday through Thursday, with additional Fridays for half the year. The teachers have met BC Independent School Teacher certification as trained Waldorf educators and have current First Aid certificates.
Transitioning to Formal Instruction
After completing our two-year Kindergarten program, students are assessed for Class 1 readiness by our Student Support teacher. This assessment determines whether a student has reached developmental milestones, and is socially, physically, and emotionally ready for the rigours of classroom learning. This assessment is done by observing play, and is not evaluating academics.
One of the pillars of Waldorf education is the understanding that children learn naturally, and when education is delivered at the right time in a child’s development, there is a much greater chance of success.
Lead Early Childcare Educator