In Kindergarten we lay the foundations for literacy, mathematics and scientific thinking through natural exploration, purposeful practical activities and rich use of language. In Steiner schools, pupils start formal learning in Class One at the age of rising seven. Read more

Our staff-child ratios are always in line with statutory requirements (1 adult for every 8 children) and frequently higher.

Please see also ‘Introducing our staff’.

We recognise that for many of our children it will be the first time that they have been in a group setting with the new challenges this can bring. Children learn best when they feel secure and when they know what to expect. A warm, well structured environment with clear boundaries gives them essential support in finding out about the world and themselves in an age appropriate fashion. We take a positive approach to behaviour management, supporting children to develop good habits, self-regulation and empathy for others.

Dr. Rudolf Steiner was born in what is now Croatia in 1861. He wrote and lectured on a wide range of contemporary issues including architecture, medicine, philosophy, science, economics and social reform as well as education. Steiner-Waldorf schools, biodynamic agriculture and a variety of therapeutic and curative initiatives are amongst the most well-known practical applications of his work.

Steiner’s body of thought is known as Anthroposophy, literally, ‘human wisdom’, or ‘knowledge of the human being.’ Steiner maintained that the spiritual world could, by means of conscientious inner development, be investigated empirically in the same way that natural science can investigate the physical world and so contribute to the understanding of child development.

No. In our setting, we welcome children and families from all cultures and faiths, and many who have no religious background.

We aim to encourage a sense of wonder and reverence for each other and the environment, and a trust in the goodness of the world which enables young children to grow in confidence and resilience.

We support all children in our community to develop the fundamental values of:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance