Early Childhood

The Waldorf early childhood program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners is something special.

Our classrooms don’t look like other preschool or kindergarten classrooms because they convey our unique appreciation of the child.  Children and adults breathe a sigh of relief to be in an environment that is so intentionally made for children. Full of beauty, our teachers and activities nurture children’s unfolding capacities, including their social skills, physical mastery, imagination, and creativity. Children enjoy unhurried days filled with warmth, wonder, guided activities and their own initiative. This is a place where children lay a strong foundation for life.

Scientists know that children learn best through a slow approach and that the brain is built through movement, relationships and doing.

Preschool

Your preschool child looks at life with interest and curiosity, eager to explore and understand things. He/she thrives in an environment of warmth and predictability and learns through imitation and imagination. Play is the “heartbeat” of the preschooler.

Whether the activity is teacher-led or self-directed, there is an atmosphere of unhurried purpose and joy. Daily and weekly rhythms of practical and artistic activities promote social awareness while honing fine and gross motor skills. Joyful engagement with complex, rich language and stories also lay the foundations for later intellectual pursuits. In the tradition of the outdoor kindergarten, we spend much of our time outdoors, taking hikes and building connection to nature and the wider world, as well as stamina and resilience.


Your Preschooler will enjoy:

  • Creative free play
  • Circle and movement time
  • Storytime & puppetry
  • Outdoor work and play
  • Hiking and gardening
  • Painting and wax modeling
  • Preparing healthy snacks
  • Practicing their social skills

Schedule:

The Preschool program runs from 8:30 am – 12:45 pm.

We offer 3-day and 5-day enrollment options:

3-day | Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
5-day | Monday-Friday

Aftercare is available until 5:30 for an additional fee.


Requirements:
We accept children who are 3 years old and have learned to use the toilet. Children move on to Kindergarten when they are at least 4 years, 9 months at the beginning of the school year.

The East Bay Waldorf School Early Childhood Center is a licensed Preschool provider in the state of California (#073408218).


We continue to accept applications for the 2018-19 school year into our Preschool and Kindergarten programs on a space-available basis only. Contact us today to schedule a tour.

Parent-Child Class

Infants and toddlers are rapidly building their physical body, developing their motor skills, exploring their world, trying to communicate with us, and learning how to interact with other people. On a deeper level, your infant or toddler is learning all about him- or herself, what the world is like, and his or her place in it.

The first three years of a child’s life are a precious time of unfolding development and bonding. Our teacher-led classes offer parents, grandparents, and caregivers the opportunity to explore the rewarding and challenging task of raising young children. We share and discuss infant and toddler development, learn to observe and understand what babies are doing, and gain new ideas and strategies from Waldorf education, RIE® and Pikler.

Parent-Child classes meet weekly in an inviting Waldorf early childhood classroom in sessions beginning Fall, Winter and Spring.

Our Toddler classes are RIE®-certified.


Classes held Fall, Winter, and Spring

Register for Parent-Child Class

Your infant or toddler will enjoy:

  • Gross motor movement
  • Exploratory play
  • Interacting with other children
  • Circle time
  • Organic snack (toddler class)

Parents will enjoy :

  • Getting to know other families with infants and toddlers
  • Learning how to support your child’s development
  • Exploring topics such as:
    • Sleep
    • Crying
    • Discipline
    • Setting up your child’s environment
    • Warmth
    • Imitation
    • Daily life with the young child

Schedule:
Fall Parent-child class runs the week of September 18-December 7, 2018

1 day per week, 10 sessions total


Infants | Fridays

Friday | 9-10:30 | Crawling – Early Walking: $300

Friday | 11-12:30 | 3 months – Crawling: $300


Toddlers | Tuesdays or Thursdays

Tuesday | 9-10:30 | Younger Toddlers (12-24 months and walking): $350

Tuesday | 11-12:30 | Mixed-age Toddlers (12-36 months and walking): $350

Thursdays | 9-11:00 | Older Toddlers (24-36 months and walking): $400


Requirements:
Infants should be at least 3 months old or approved by their pediatrician to attend classes outside the home.

Toddlers should be over 1 year of age and walking.

Kindergarten

Your kindergartener is eager to be a part of the whole and eager to please. They are interested in helping with chores at home and school, love to play with others, and now have the capacity to plan their play. Their imagination can be boundless and one stick or piece of cloth can become many things throughout the day. An indoor-outdoor classroom helps the brain develop through activity and movement which for the Kindergartener defines healthy learning.

Our mixed-age, Kindergarten offers your child a play-based, pre-academic curriculum that lays the foundations for successful academic learning in the grades. Activities are joyful and purposeful. Songs and nursery rhymes cultivate intimacy with language, building literacy skills. Listening to stories, watching puppet shows and engaging in dramatic play strengthen the power of memory and imagination. Counting games and rhythmic activities build a solid foundation for arithmetic and number skills. Work activities develop coordination and the ability to concentrate. Outdoor activities, including play and hiking, encourage healthy physical development and an appreciation of nature and seasonal changes.

Your Kindergartener will enjoy:

  • Creative free play
  • Circle and movement time
  • Storytime & puppetry
  • Outdoor work and play
  • Hiking and gardening
  • Handwork & visual arts
  • Preparing healthy snacks
  • Eurythmy
  • Consolidating their social skills

Schedule:
The Kindergarten program runs from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. Aftercare is available until 5:30 for an additional fee.


Requirements:
Children must be 4.9 years by September to attend the Kindergarten program. Most students attend two years of Kindergarten, which provides a solid foundation for the grade school. Our Kindergartens are mixed-age classrooms.
A child must turn six before June 1st of the school year to move on to First Grade.


We continue to accept applications for the 2018-19 school year into our Preschool and Kindergarten programs on a space-available basis only. Contact us today to schedule a tour.

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