Kindergarten4 to 6 years
Kindergarten (4 to 6 years)
8.40am – 1.10pm
There are currently three Kindergarten groups within the school. Within each Kindergarten the age range is between 4 to 6 years old.
The curriculum for the Kindergarten is structured to respond to the children’s developmental needs, builds their confidence and prepares them for their move to the Main School.
We begin each morning with a walk up to the edge of the South Downs, enjoying the views over the town and sea, the many wild flowers and birds, the children rolling down the hills and talking to the urban shepherd and other friends we have made.
Our rhythm allows for creative play, outdoor time and our daily activities, such as; wet on wet painting, eurythmy, baking, handwork and crafts. All the materials the children use are from natural sources, for example; brightly coloured beeswax crayons, sheep’s fleece and wood for our woodwork activities.
The creative play in Kindergarten allows the children’s imagination to flourish. On a typical Kindergarten morning a visitor would see children building castles, pirate ships, a fire station and perhaps a sushi restaurant or pizza factory!
Love of language and communication is fostered through stories, songs, rhymes and puppet shows, along with the personal interactions of creative play. Numeracy skills develop in play through stacking, sorting, collecting, gathering, clapping and counting. Creative tasks such as painting and drawing and domestic activities, for example cooking and sewing, develop co-ordination and creativity. The children also learn to love and respect the earth and the earth’s seasons by tending the garden, planting flowers and vegetables and harvesting their produce.
Children learn directly from life and the world around them. Formal academic concepts are taught slightly later in the Steiner Waldorf Curriculum. During the Kindergarten years, the vital building blocks for learning are laid down within a reassuring day-to-day rhythm and the yearly flow of seasonal change and festivals.
Our Early Years community welcomes family and friends to join us in school to celebrate our Festivals, which are held throughout the school year. Our Festivals are a vital and joyous part of our curriculum and brought to the children through stories, songs and activities.
Singing Tree Satellite Kindergarten in Falmer Village (2 years 10 months to 6yrs)
9am – 1pm
Established as an independent Kindergarten in September 2008, Singing Tree was pleased to later become Brighton Steiner School’s first satellite Kindergarten set in the original school building in the beautiful village of Falmer, overlooking the village pond. We are conveniently located between Lewes and Brighton, just off the A27 past the farm shop and close to both Brighton and Sussex Universities.
Our mixed age Kindergarten is Monday to Thursday in Falmer, with a Forest Day in Stamner Park on Friday. There is an optional afternoon session on Monday until 3pm. Children can be transferred, if required, to the afternoon session provision at Brighton Steiner School, which is open until 5pm.
Falmer Village Hall is a bright, spacious setting with beautiful wooden floors and a garden for outdoor play. We have walks around the pond and through the local farm Monday to Wednesday and baking day with outdoor play on Thursday. On our Forest day we love walks through the beautiful woods of Stamner Park. Come to visit us to find out more. Our open days and other events are all posted on our Facebook page as well as on this site.
Contact us to arrange a visit to see the kindergarten in session.
Kindergarten address: Falmer Village Hall, South Street, Falmer, BN1 9PB Singing Tree Mobile number 0744 3981560
Early Years News from the Administrator: Little Kindergarten now taking children from 2 years 6 months.
I am pleased to inform you that a variation of the Schools Registration has been processed which now permits it to enrol children from the age of 2 years 6 months. In keeping with this change in admissions the school will now be accepting applications (from the Spring...
Dear families we are delighted to tell you about some changes in the early years. from September we are changing the names of our kindergarten's and playgroup. Sally's kindergarten will become Willow Tree Kindergarten Kim's will become Cherry Tree Kindergarten....
Our summer celebration combined a PTA BBQ and the Festival of Work, a lovely celebration of the children's work from the main school classes 1-8. The display of work was impressive with main lesson books, artwork and handwork completed this year. Class 2 recited an...
Brighton Steiner School's kindergartens, including the little kindergarten (also known as Playgroup) walk daily in nature. The kindergartens also have longer walk days where they might spend most of the morning outside. We are so lucky to have East Brighton Park close...