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The ‘Little Gnomes’ Parent & Child Class

This class takes place at the Kildare Steiner School for families with children from birth to 3.5 years of age each Wednesday and Thursday during term-time from 10am to 12.30pm. During this class parents and their children have an opportunity to experience Rudolf Steiner's approach to education. They work within the curriculum for the very young, developing a greater sense of what the very young child really needs. There will be a chance to bring more awareness to parenting, learning for example, the importance of warmth and touch. The group enjoys the sense of community from the simple act of sharing a seasonal meal together, or learning a new skill in craft-making. The group is led by Linda Grant, a Steiner Kindergarten Teacher and mentor.


The morning’s rhythm.

The group has its own designated room and outdoor garden within the grounds of the Kildare Steiner School where small children can safely play and enjoy their activities. Young children learn by touching, feeling, exploring and imitating everyday activities and so we choose natural toys and furnishings to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere for those who may be taking their first step outside the home environment. The day has a gentle rhythm, similar to that of our Kindergarten and gives young children security:

10.00-10.05am                  Arrival and greeting circle

10.15-11.00m:                   Forest walk

11.00-11.15am                  Washing hands and toilet time

11.15-11.35am                  Indoor play and tidy-up

11.35-12 noon:                 Morning Snack

12.00-12.25pm:                 Outdoor play

12.25-12.30pm:                 Goodbye song



We accept enrolment by term or year. Families can attend either Wednesday classes or Thursday classes or both. To apply to attend the group, please contact the school in the first instance on  / 045 401919. Please note that places are limited to ensure the quality of the experience of all the attendants.


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The Kildare Steiner Waldorf School is a member of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship of UK and Ireland. The Fellowship represents 31 schools in the UK and Ireland and co-ordinates Steiner curriculum research and development, supports teacher training programmes, and provides advisory and mentoring services to member schools. The Fellowship is part of the international European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE) comprising 26 national Steiner Waldorf Associations, representing over 680 schools in Europe.
The Kildare Steiner Waldorf School is a registered charity (CHY14243) and is an approved provider under the Department of Children and Youth Affairs' Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme.
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