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Early Years

Early Years Department

Our Early Years Department is a happy and nurturing environment, which accommodates babies and children up to six-years-old.

We have four Kindergartens which welcome children aged two to six-years-old. Three of our Kindergartens accommodate children aged three to six-years-old, with the two to three-year-olds being accommodated in our Saplings Kindergarten. Each Kindergarten has a calm and quiet atmosphere which supports creative play and promotes learning and development.

We also run our popular Breakfast Club, Monday to Friday where we provide pre-school care from 8am to 8:45am. In addition, we have daily Afternoon Sessions which take place at the end of the Kindergarten day at 1:45pm and run until 6pm.

How does The Brighton Waldorf Early Years department work?

At The Brighton Waldorf School, we nurture and develop a child’s love of language and communication through stories, songs, rhymes, puppet shows and creative play.

The children’s numeracy skills are developed in play through stacking, assembling, sorting, collecting, gathering, clapping and counting; and creative and domestic activities such as painting and drawing, cooking and sewing allow the children to develop their co-ordination and originality.

Through looking after the School’s garden, planting flowers and vegetables and harvesting their produce, the children learn about the seasons and begin to have a love and respect for the Earth and world around them.

During the Kindergarten years, the vital building blocks for learning are positioned within a reassuring day-to-day rhythm, the yearly flow of seasonal changes and festivals.


Our Early Years Department welcomes family and friends to the School to celebrate our Festivals, which are held throughout the school year. Our Festivals are a vital and joyous part of our curriculum and are brought to the children through stories, songs and activities.

Early Years
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Woodland Group

Our Woodland Group meets every Tuesday and Friday. The Group takes lovely walks through the spectacular woods of Stanmer Park, enjoying the countryside views, observing the wildlife and having fun playing games. The Group also enjoy cooking soups on open fires and making a wide array of crafts from treasures they find whilst exploring the great outdoors.

Saplings Kindergarten

Children aged 2 years 6 months to 3 years 6 months

The Brighton Waldorf Saplings Kindergarten provides a peaceful and protective environment for children to take their first steps into the ‘World of School’.

Throughout each morning, the children take part in fun, creative play and take part in activities including baking, painting, simple crafts, gardening, singing, games and stories. The children also go on short outdoor walks.

Saplings Kindergarten
8:45am – 1:30pm: Three to five mornings per week

Applications made before 10th March 2019 will be prioritised for September 2019.


Children aged 3 years 6 months to 6-years-old

We run three Kindergarten groups at The Brighton Waldorf School to cater for children aged between three years six months to six-years-old. Our Kindergarten Curriculum is designed to encourage and support a child’s development and help build their confidence, preparing them for their move into the Main School.

Mornings begin with a walk up to the edge of the South Downs, where the children enjoy the views over the City and sea, observe the wildlife and have fun playing games.

The rhythm of the Kindergarten groups gives time and attention to creative play, outdoor time and daily activities, such as wet-on-wet painting, Eurythmy, baking, handwork and crafts. All materials used are obtained from natural sources. For example, brightly coloured beeswax crayons and sheep’s fleece and wood for woodwork activities.

8:45am – 1:45pm: Five mornings per week

Parent & Child Groups

Children aged 18 months to 3-years-old

The Brighton Waldorf School hosts three Parent and Child Groups each week.

Parent & Child Groups
9:30am – 12:30pm: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

The Brighton Waldorf School hosts three Parent and Child Groups each week. Children can attend from an early age with their parents one morning a week to have fun, playing, singing and even baking. We also offer seasonal activities to parents including taking part in our annual Festivals that we celebrate in a simple and age-appropriate way.

Each group is small and intimate and is an excellent way for parents who are unfamiliar with the Waldorf Education values to gently test the water.

Parent & Baby Groups

Children aged up to 18 months

Our friendly, warm and welcoming Parent and Baby Group is a great way to spend a morning in a sociable environment with parents and babies, making new friends, enjoying a range of fun and creative activities.

The group share parenting ideas and take part in talks with the group leader, covering topics such as creating rhythm, weaning and much more.

Parent & Baby Group
10:30am – 12:30pm: Thursdays

For further details on any of our Parent and Baby / Child Groups, please call 01273 386300 or email: enquiries@brightonwaldorfschool.org

"A child’s imagination is one of their greatest assets. Just like physical exercise helps to strengthen our bodies, our imagination helps our minds to become supple, inquiring and agile. This enables our pupils to see and identify opportunities that arise throughout their life-long journey. That is one of the main reasons our curriculum focuses on and encourages the development of each pupil’s imagination, coupled with a passion for exploration, investigation, creativity and discovery.”
Damian Mooncie School Director

Come and see for yourself

We welcome visitors on our private tours of our School. Please submit your details and our Admissions Team will call you to arrange a time convenient for you.