Nursery

Nursery

Mondays through Fridays, 3, 4, or 5 day options, 8:30am to 12:30 or 2:30pm


"In a society that may be nudging children prematurely into adulthood, Waldorf schools preserve the magic and fairy-tale wonder of being a child."

– Parenting Magazine


Waldorf nursery classrooms are an extension of the family experience, an intermediary step for children between the home and formal schooling. They support child development, nurture families, and build a foundation for academic excellence by providing a warm, secure, and beautiful environment in which the imagination and creativity of the child can flourish. Experienced teachers guide the children through rhythms and activities designed to help build a sense of well-being and wonder.

Every part of the child's school day is given careful thought and planning, from the physical environment to the daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms. The rhythm of each day flows from active moments of rigorous work and play to quiet moments of story and rest, and brings friends, play, nature walks, snack preparation, and seasonal circles with finger games, songs and stories. Nursery circle time lets the children live freely and naturally into their joy of movement, while simultaneously stimulating their imagination. Woven out of archetypal activities of life and experiences of nature, the rhymes and songs in our circles nourish the child’s language development and delight in singing.

To enroll in the Nursery, children must be at least 2 years 9 months, and up to 4 years old (turning 4 after June 1). Nursery classes are offered at both campuses, with up to 12 children in each class. Children may be enrolled 3, 4 or 5 days per week, 8:30 am-12:30pm. Naptime is provided from 12:30-2:30pm for an additional charge. Aftercare is available for enrolled children, ending at 4pm at the Santa Monica campus and 4:30pm in Pacific Palisades.