At Te Rāwhiti, we aim to protect the wonder of childhood and foster the child’s inner imaginative qualities by offering plenty of time for child-led play. Natural, open ended and simple play resources are offered which nurture this imagination, the senses and aim not to overstimulate the child. The more possibilities there are for using imagination in play during childhood, the more the attributes of creativity and flexibility will be carried into adulthood. During the Kindergarten years, children are not asked to give their energies to understanding abstract ideas and intellectual concepts. There is no formal teaching in writing, reading and mathematics.
Daily activities focus on “doing” experiences which nurture the child’s developing Will, such as artistic activities, gardening and bread making. Throughout the day, the Kindergarten teacher is involved in real life tasks with and alongside the children. Teachers also strive to be worthy of imitation in order to nurture in children true feelings of reverence and gratitude for themselves, one another and the earth.
The Kindergarten is open to every child whose parents support the Waldorf approach we provide. Every family’s spiritual and cultural background is respected.