Early Childhood

We offer the following Early Childhood Programs:

Parent and Infant: For expecting parents, and babies up to one-year old. 

Parent and Child: For caregivers and their children of up to three years of age. 

Preschool: For children aged 3 and 4 years old.

Kindergarten: For children aged 4, 5 and 6 years old.

New Nature Kindergarten Program for 2018!


Parent and Infant

A new baby brings joy and love to everyone around them. But often new parents can feel overwhelmed and uncertain of their role. Join us in a relaxed mood of learning about living with a baby. Our time together will be comprised of a facilitated sharing of our questions and discoveries, singing baby games and songs and through guided observation becoming more attuned to our baby and their development.

This program is for expecting parents, and babies up to one-year old. We over guidance and support, and we hope to foster a community of young families.

Activities are led by Heather Church, Early Childhood Educator, Pre-birth to Seven

Location:  Halton Waldorf School, Parent and Child Classroom

Session I:  Wednesday, September 12 to Wednesday, October 24, 2018 – 1:30pm to 3pm

Session II:  Wednesday, November 7 to Wednesday, December 19, 2018 – 1:30pm to 3pm

Cost per session:  $150 (7 classes)

Cost for both session: $285 (14 classes)

Parent and Infant Fall Registration Form 2018

To guarantee your placement, please bring your completed Registration Form along with payment to Halton Waldorf School.

For more information please contact Heather Church at heather.church@haltonwaldorf.com  or 905-331-4387 ext. 43


Parent and Child

This program provides social interaction in a nurturing environment for caregivers and their children of up to three years of age. A variety of activities will gently enliven children’s senses, help them to explore their world and to meet new friends.

Parents benefit from meeting new people too! Join conversations around parenting topics and interact with your child in new ways.

The Parent and Child program is offered:
– 9:00 am to 11:30 am, September to June, weekday mornings when the school is open
– This is not a drop-in program; caregivers and their children typically register to come one morning a week for the full school term
–  The registration form is prepared each term, outlining a schedule that can vary from eight to fifteen weeks depending on the school term 
– Session fees range from $224 to $420 for the term, depending on the day of week registered
– there is no cost for a second child who is under six months of age; fees are reduced by 50% for for a second child who is over six months of age.
Teacher: Judi Remigio

Please email enrollment@haltonwaldorf.com for more information or call 905-331-4387.

Registration Form for Parent & Child Fall Session Sept 8 – Dec 21, 2018

To guarantee your placement, please bring your completed Registration Form along with payment to Halton Waldorf School.

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“I can’t be more grateful. Parent and Child has connected me with like-minded people and I have made many friends there. The sharing of ideas, advice and support was priceless.”
~ Sonja, mother of 2


Preschool and Kindergarten

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Children and parents make an immediate connection to the warm and nurturing environment of the early childhood classrooms. The teacher and her assistant work at providing an environment that enhances the deep sense of wonder, joy and imagination of young children.

Our programs encourage the development of social skills through creative play, enriching stories and time outdoors together. At this age children engage the world entirely through their senses, so your child will have natural toys and materials at hand and have plenty of time outdoors for free play. He or she will accomplish practical tasks such as kneading bread, and by creating art, experience “hands-on” how colours come to be. Imaginative play, the focus of the early childhood classroom and the true “work” of the child, encourages problem-solving and creative thinking. It is the most effective way to cultivate a love of learning and set a foundation for academic excellence.

Samples of our activities include:
– seasonal festivals
– storytelling, drama, puppetry, marionettes, verses, poetry, fairy tales
– measuring for cooking and baking, counting games
– gardening, nature walks, climbing, balance
– singing, movement, musical instruments, dancing games
– watercolour painting, crafts, crayon drawing
– carding wool, sewing, woodwork, textiles, needlework, modelling

Preschool is for children aged 3 and 4 years old and is offered:
– 5 mornings or 5 full days per week

Our preschool is licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Please find our Preschool Parent Handbook below:

2017/18 Preschool Parent Handbook

 

The Kindergarten program includes children ages 4, 5 and 6 years old and is offered:
– 5 mornings or 5 full days per week

New kindergarten students are placed in the appropriate classroom based on their age and an interview.


2017/18 Kindergarten Parent Handbook

New Nature Kindergarten Class Starting September 2018!

Our Nature Kindergarten provides young children with longer periods of time in natural outdoor settings where they can play, explore and experience natural systems and materials found in nature. The class will be a mixed age nature based kindergarten for children turning 4 by December 31 to 6 years of age. Engaged outside in all types of weather, children and educators observe natural phenomenon and learn about the place in which they live. There have been forest kindergartens for almost fifty years in northern Europe for children three to six years of age. Research shows that children in outdoor programs go on to do well in school. There are many forest kindergartens in Canada and around the world.

More of the daily or weekly rhythm is devoted to time outside in nature. Traditional Waldorf kindergarten activities such as painting, drawing and craft activities are done in blocks, rather than year-round, when the weather is fair.

Benefits of more time in nature:

  • Children will have opportunities for a fuller range and variety of movements.
  • Many children feel more “at home” in their bodies when they spend more time outside.
  • Children are more attuned to the seasons and their awareness of subtle changes is heightened.
  • Outdoor settings evoke a special kind of imaginative play with minimal natural materials.
  • Children can “breathe out” more expansively in an outdoor environment.
  • Nature forces are a balm, and balance overstimulation.
  • Many children experience fewer social difficulties and are able to play more harmoniously with others in an outdoors setting.

To find out more about our Nature Kindergarten class or any of our Early Childhood programs, please contact Heather Church at heather.church@haltonwaldorf.com

 

 

For more information about the Waldorf approach to early childhood, this series of six videos by WECAN are very enlightening.

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