Alice Springs Steiner School has 3 kindergartens. Transition classes are known as Cassia for children turning 5 & 6 and one Pre-school group known as Ruby Saltbush which operates 2 ½ days per week from Monday – Wednesday for children turning 4 years old.
Our Playgroup is available for parents to attend with their children who are 3.5 and under. We operate 2 sessions per week on Thursday & Fridays.
Education is centred on meeting the needs of the 4 to 6-year-old’s developing self.
A caring environment provides many possibilities for sensory and will activities so
children can express themselves and make sense of the world through activity and play. Steiner/Waldorf kindergarten seeks to nurture the senses through watercolour painting, drawing, beeswax and clay modelling. The teacher works consistently to encourage children to observe the rhythms and structures of the day, week, season and year throughout the curriculum.
The teacher works with the children to enable them to develop and strengthen relationships through the process of play. The teacher ensures the children will have a secure space that encourages their own personal discoveries.
The curriculum includes:
- The telling of fairytales from Australia and around the world: the importance of archetypes in childhood
- Rhythms and activities of the day, the week and the year
- Living the year in the festival and seasonal activities
- Arts enrichment in painting, fibre, rhythm, song, modelling, paperwork, woodwork, story and creative play
The next step from Kindergarten, into class 1, requires a readiness to focus on group lessons which demand more participation in structured tuition.