“Owlets” is our two year pre-kindergarten programme. It provides children with a nurturing and creative environment, organised around daily and seasonal rhythms, in which they are given freedom and confidence which gently prepares them for the more structured environment of Kindergarten.
We keep daily activities as simple as possible, as this is often the child’s first experience of life outside of the home. The classroom environment is carefully considered with a strong emphasis on natural and handmade materials for toys and furnishings. Children are engaged in craft and regular movement, both inside the classroom and out in the garden, which brings to the day a balance of different kinds of physical and mental activity.
A typical morning involves greeting, free play periods, tidying, circle time, storytelling, puppet shows, outdoor play, rest, snack time, and a creative activity such as craft, baking or painting. Along with practical everyday skills such as dressing and washing and food preparation. All of which develop their fine and gross motor skills further developing their independence and confidence. Developing a relationship with the natural world is a central element of Steiner education, and our Owlets spend an hour each day in the school’s garden.
Children learn together in fun, yet effective ways to put on their own coat and shoes and help others do the same. This and similar activities promotes patience with oneself and one’s abilities and leads children to have patience with others and a willingness to share and help. Children begin to internalise the enjoyable results of their efforts and practice over time.
The celebration of seasonal festivals lies in the heart of a Steiner Waldorf Kindergarten providing the children with a healthy and secure rhythm to their year, full of seasonal songs, games and crafts.
In accordance with the Steiner model of age-appropriate learning, we accept children if they are 3 years old on or before the 1st of September in the year they are due to start Owlets.
Owlets runs five days a week from 9:00am to 1pm and is partially funded by the ECCE scheme.