Early Childhood - Mansfield Steiner School, Victoria

Early Childhood

The enjoyment of an unhurried childhood is a gift to any child in the increasing busyness and pressure of our modern world. At Mansfield Steiner School early childhood years are split into three stages.

Children at Mansfield Steiner School experience the enjoyment of an unhurried childhood. Our aim is to foster enthusiasm, joy and wonder for life in an environment of goodness, beauty and imagination. At Mansfield Steiner School early childhood years are split into three stages

Playgroup

Pre-school/Kinder – ‘Morning Star’

Prep – ‘Rosa Mundi’

 

Playgroup

Playgroup introduces parents and children to the beauty of Steiner education. Our Playgroups are designed to cater for families of young children from birth to three years of age. Parents come together to meet in a friendly atmosphere, sharing knowledge of the child’s first years. Our facilitator brings a wealth of experience in early childhood development and holds parent and child in a nurturing space of warmth, reverence and acceptance. Playgroups allow children to become engaged in worthwhile play and quiet activity with other children, with the security of their parent or guardian. The atmosphere of playgroup is warm, gentle and enfolding. Children are surrounded with calming colours, natural materials and simple toys. This encourages creative and imaginative play and develops a sensitivity to and respect for nature.

When: Mondays & Fridays during the school term

Time: 9.30am–11.30am

Cost: FREE

Bring: A piece of fruit to share

Venue: Morning Star room and garden

Contact: Jane Nealon

 

Pre-school/Kinder – ‘Morning Star’

The Morning Star program offers a play-based curriculum that fosters the child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. The surroundings are orderly, beautiful and calm, inviting the child to engage in learning in a secure, creative and inspiring environment. Children in the Morning Star program are turning four and five years of age within the calendar year.

Through active investigation of the natural environment in our beautiful gardens and beyond, the child’s innate sense of wonder is fostered. A reverence for the rhythm of the seasons and the beauty of our world lays the basis for future environmental stewardship.

Strong foundations for literacy are developed through verse, song, rhythms, rhymes and stories. Our arts and craft activities- such as beeswax modelling, painting and drawing- develop dexterity and an appreciation of beauty and craftsmanship.

Healthy social relationships are nurtured through a balance of play and structured activities. Children in the Morning Star program learn to share, to take turns and to listen to one another in a caring way. They engage in practical activities such as cooking and gardening. The child’s desire to learn by doing is fulfilled. A sense of clear, unpressured achievement strengthens the child’s will and self-esteem.

Children actively develop good learning habits and a sense of gratitude. Children work in an environment that is considerate and respectful so that school becomes a special, valued place.

The Morning Star program is attuned to the developmental needs of the child. Each child is born with a natural curiosity for the world, a sense of wonder, a spontaneous joy in simple things, a lively enthusiasm for living. Our teachers work with this in mind and align their teaching methods to support the developmental needs of the child and to respect the child’s wonder for the beauty and mystery of the natural world.

When: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Time: 9am – 3.20pm

Cost: See the School Fee Schedule

Bring: A piece of fruit or veg to share

Contact: (03) 5779 1445

Enrolment enquires welcome see Enrolment Procedure

 

Class One. The child will then begin their six-year journey with a Class Teacher. The activities in the Rosa Mundi program support the development of the young child in readiness for formal academic learning in the Primary School. Children are well prepared, ready to learn and they progress quickly.

When: Monday to Friday

Time: 9am – 3.20pm

Cost: See the School Fee Schedule

Contact: (03) 5779 1445

Enrolment enquires welcome see Enrolment Procedure