Early Childhood - Mansfield Steiner School, Victoria

Early Childhood

Our program aims to foster imagination and a sense of wonder through stories, songs, creative play, interaction with nature and involvement in everyday tasks. At Mansfield Steiner School’s Playgroup, Kindergarten and in the Prep year, your child will learn through imitation, sensorimotor play and creative experiences. We hope they will feel at home in our warm, nurturing environment that is filled with beautiful, natural, open-ended play materials.



Playgroup introduces parents and children to the beauty of Steiner education. It is designed for young children from birth to three years of age. Playgroup is a wonderful way to become familiar with the Morning Star environment and routine with baking, inside play, morning circle, morning tea, outside play and story time – this follows a similar rhythm to kindergarten. Children can play while parents share experiences. The group is facilitated and requires parent support to help things run smoothly.

When: Mondays 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: (03) 5779 1445

Pre-school/Kinder – ‘Morning Star’

The kindergarten program in the Morning Star room, offers a play-based curriculum that fosters a 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 developmentally appropriate way. Children in the Morning Star program are turning four and five years of age within the calendar year.

Strong foundations for literacy are developed through verse, song, rhythms, rhymes and stories. Our art and craft activities – beeswax modelling, painting, drawing and wool crafts – develop dexterity and an appreciation of beauty and craftsmanship. Maths skills are learnt as we cook, count, measure and play in the sandpit.

Healthy social relationships are nurtured as children learn to share, take turns and listen to one another in a caring way. Through 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.

When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Time: 9am – 3.15pm

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

Prep – ‘Rosa Mundi’

Why is the Prep year part of the Early Childhood program?

At this age and stage of development children are still consolidating the foundation skills they need to succeed in academic learning. The foundation skills for learning are primarily established through sensorimotor play. Rolling, crawling, climbing, walking, running, jumping, drawing, painting and moulding wax and dough: these are the things that wire our brains and bodies up so we are ready for reading, writing and maths. The focus of our play based Prep year is one of “preparation”.

Prep children at Mansfield Steiner follow a structured program with a balance of experiential learning and creative play. Young children learn through doing. By physically doing they grow not only in their physical development but in their speech and oral language development, mental abilities and attitude towards learning. The program follows a rhythmical, harmonious and secure daily routine. Emphasis is given to creating a balance of challenging and restful activities both within the day and over each week. The children’s work reflects the seasons of the year and is celebrated with social festivals.

Our Prep program gives children a genuine love of language. Each day we come together for morning circle; we sing songs, recite verses and poems and participate in dances and finger plays. Later in the day we gather again for story time. Children hear traditional folk and fairy tales and simple nature stories.

 “If you want your children to be brilliant, tell them fairy tales. If you want your children to be even more brilliant, tell them even more fairy tales.

       ~Albert Einstein

Numeracy skills are introduced through formal and informal experiences with pattern recognition and through imagination, imitation and creative play. Numeracy skills are embedded in their work as the children stack, measure, sort, collect, gather and count, and sing number rhymes. Problem solving and communication skills are fostered through interaction with the teacher and peers.

The simple acts of cleaning, sweeping, digging, weeding, building, kneading, sewing and preparing a meal support the healthy development of well-rounded, confident and capable learners, ready to meet the challenges of the next stage of development.

Children in the Prep program turn five before the 30th April and have turned six and demonstrated Class One readiness before they embark on the class journey in Class One.

When: Monday to Friday

Time: 9am – 3.20pm

Cost: See the School Fee Schedule

Contact: (03) 5779 1445

Enrolment enquires welcome see Enrolment Procedure