The Central Coast Steiner Kindergarten offers a play-based curriculum which fosters the child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. The kindergarten is orderly, beautiful and calm, inviting the child to engage in learning in a secure, creative and inspiring environment. Our play materials are natural and open-ended- allowing the child’s imagination to come alive.
Through active investigation of the natural environment in our beautiful gardens and beyond, the child’s innate sense of wonder is kept alive. A reverence for the rhythm of the seasons and the beauty of our world lays the basis for future environmental stewardship.
Building strong foundations for literacy, we develop a genuine love of language through verse, song, rhythms, rhymes and stories. The child experiences a rich variety of oral language activities. These are accompanied by movement so that the child’s fine and gross motor skills are developed. Foundations for numeracy are a laid by an understanding of numbers, developing through play, verses, stories, craft and daily activities. Our arts and craft activities- such as beeswax modelling, finger knitting, weaving, sewing and painting- develop dexterity and an appreciation of beauty and craftsmanship.
Healthy social relationships are nurtured through a balance of free play and structured activities. Children in the Central Coast Rudolf Steiner Kindergarten learn to share, to take turns and to listen to one another in a caring way. They engage in practical activities such as cooking and gardening. The child’s desire to learn by doing is fulfilled. A sense of clear, unpressured achievement strengthens the child’s will and self-esteem .
It is not only the “what” that is important, but the “how”. We actively develop good learning habits and a sense of gratitude. We want to establish an environment that is considerate and respectful so that school becomes a special, valued place.
Our kindergarten year is attuned to the developmental needs of the child. It is a time when healthy foundations for formal academic learning are laid.