Our Early Childhood program 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 Early Childhood 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 Alice Springs Steiner School has 4 Early Childhood programs.
Our Desert Rose Playgroup is available for parents to attend with their children who are 4 and under. We operate 3 sessions per week on Tuesdays, Thursday & Fridays.
Our Kindergarten program is called Billy Button which operates 1 ½ days per week Thursdays and Fridays from 8.30am-12.30pm for children currently 3 and turning 4 after the 30th June. In term 3 and 4 the Thursday class goes till 2:50pm. This age-appropriate program lays the foundation for children to develop at their own pace in social, emotional and physical wellbeing. The growth of many skills is supported, for example- self-care, motor-skills, language and social awareness. A love of nature underlies the program
Our Pre-school program is called Ruby Saltbush which operates 2 ½ days per week from Monday – Wednesday and is for children turning 4 years old before the 30th of June. This program meets the child, supporting the development of their growing sense of identity and community. The daily rhythm in Ruby Saltbush flows through outdoor and indoor free play and into story and circle (movement and song) experiences. Increased hours support the growing independence of the children at this age.
Our Transition classes are known as Cassia and are for children turning 5 before June 30th & turning 6 years of age during the transition year. We have two transition classes, Cassia 1 and Cassia 2. Both of these classes are a mix of 5 and 6 year olds.