Early Childhood

Early Childhood education at Brooklyn Waldorf School
Child at BWS
Children outside at BWS

Option 1: In-person mixed-age (ages 3-6) Waldorf classrooms 5 days a week starting at 8:30am every morning with three possible pickup times–1pm, 3pm, and 5:45pm (for families who need all day care)

Option 2: In-person 3-day mixed-age class (ages 3-6) for families wishing to combine more time at home with opportunities for socialization.  Start time at 8:30am, pickup at 1pm.

Option 3: Online program for families of children ages 3-5 wishing to be supported by a trained Waldorf teacher with regular storytime, circle games, puppet shows, and snack/social time, as well as opportunities for parent support.

Our Early Childhood programs provide your children with pre-academic experiences that will prepare them for a lifetime of learning. Through a free play-focused curriculum, children will explore their inner impulses toward discovery and develop their capacities for creative problem solving. Free play allows children to assume a more active role in their education, conjuring up imaginative situations and learning to make use of the resources at their disposal.

Lead teachers guide children through purposeful and predictable daily rhythms that engage their senses and inspire their spirits. Your child will gain foundational physical knowledge by exploring their given environment: our thoughtfully curated spaces give children access to a wide variety of movements and tactile experiences. Over the course of their time in Early Childhood, children’s development advances from gross to fine motor skills. The combination of indoor and outdoor play, in particular, helps children learn from the natural world, while still developing patterns of behavior that will deepen their home life.