Free imaginative play helps children develop cognitive and problem solving skills, creativity, imagination, self expression, concentration, investigation, language, numeracy, and social skills. Through in-depth play children to learn to work with others cooperatively, collaboratively and with initiative.
Stability, harmony and joy
We take an unhurried approach to childhood by providing a safe and secure environment that is homely and nurturing. We believe that each stage of a child’s development has unique qualities that should be experienced fully before embarking upon the next stage.
Warm and loving environment
We provide a warm and loving environment for our children, families, and teachers. Teachers create experiences that will meet the holistic needs of all the children.
In rhythm with the seasons
Rhythm is an integral part of all living processes. We recognise that rhythm provides balance and ensures security for children. Quiet and active times, inward and more outgoing moods, daily and weekly rhythms flow into larger seasonal rhythms.
Natural materials and hand-made toys
We provide a carefully considered environment that is gentle to the eye, ear and all the senses. Our playthings are from nature or are hand-made from natural materials enabling children to experience the beauty of the natural world.
Meaningful adult activity to be imitated
During this time of young children’s learning they take in impressions from their surroundings. Therefore, we strive to provide an environment worthy of their imitation. Teachers work at real tasks, activities which the children see as necessary and fun. The children enjoy imitating them, and will often join in with the teachers.
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What past families have said
Wellington City Rudolf Steiner Kindergarten holds a special place in our hearts. The gentle, open, respectful and inclusive approach to child care and education by the teachers made it easy for us as new parents to trust and leave our daughter in their care. We felt our daughter was in a safe place that was sensitive to her needs and that the teachers navigated the days with genuine love and dedication to their environment and the children in it.
Parenting can be a stressful business and life can be fuller and more hectic than little children want or need. Thorndon kindy was an oasis for us and offered a grounding and rich experience for our whole family. The thoughtful activities and routines helped our children develop strong social skills, a love of outdoor play and physical confidence. A welcoming and fun wider community meant that we formed bonds with families that will likely last a lifetime.
Thorndon Kindy has been a wonderful place for our family. Our daughters were received with love, respect and value for their individual needs by these amazing teachers. It is a place were love and authenticity permeate every corner and every activity the children do. Our daughters are now 8 and 11 and the fact that we all still keep in touch with our Thorndon Kindy friends is testament of the beautiful work that happens here. Thorndon Kindy will always have a special place in our hearts.
Laura L. and David B.
Two magical years at Rudolf Steiner Kindy gave our son the best possible start to his education, sense of self and of those around him. Learning through play, plenty of time in the lovely garden, celebrating the rhythm of the seasons, and the absolute care and love of the teachers in helping him find his way. Beautiful. We still miss it but stay in touch with Louise and her team. Thank you to them with all our hearts.
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