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 – 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 Child-Safe certificates.
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. We strive to ensure a program that 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.
Our program also provides outdoor education (nature walks), nurturing arts and handcrafts, crayoning, watercolour painting, beeswax modeling, baking, felting, and woodwork. Seasonal verses, songs, puppet shows, fingerplays, and storytelling told in a weekly rhythm 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.