Early Childhood

Rhythm is the bearer of life, and therewith the bearer of health.

~ Rudolf Steiner ~

During the first stage of childhood, from birth until around the age of six or seven, children are learning and experiencing the world primarily through physical activity. The nurturing environment of the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School’s early childhood preschool and kindergarten program provides plenty of opportunities for learning and meaningful engagement through exploration, creative play, and purposeful work. The classroom is a child’s first home away from home. At the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School, it is a place of warmth, order, and beauty. It is an environment that nourishes the senses and fosters reverence for nature and the material world.

Play is paramount in the life of a child, and Waldorf schools utilize this truth to optimize each child’s learning and development. The 100-year-old Waldorf philosophy of a play-based curriculum in the early years has been substantiated in research by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which states that play is integral for a healthy childhood and necessary for social and intellectual development when formal academics begin in the grade school.

In our Early Childhood preschool and kindergarten program, we serve children from ages 9 months to 7 years old.

  • Our Morning Glories parent-child classes are for children ages 9 months to 3 years old and their caregivers.
  • Our Bluebell Nursery offers half-day classes three days a week for 3 and 4 year olds.
  • Our mixed age Rose and Sunflower Kindergarten classes are offered for three or five half-days a week for children ages 3 to 7 years old.
  • Extended care is available for early childhood and grade school students.