The Westside Waldorf School’s Parent-Child Program provides education and resources for parents and their young children from the ages of two months to three years. Together we seek to create a secure and joyful place for young children to play, discover, and gradually unfold.
Participants come together in a warm and inviting environment that echoes the rhythms and atmosphere of a Waldorf Early Childhood classroom. The program classes encourage young children to explore the wonders of their first years and engage in group play. Parents connect and share in a supportive group, discussing child development and parenting issues weekly while learning about Waldorf education.
If a child has been able in his play to give up his whole loving being to the world around him, he will be able, in the serious tasks of later life, to devote himself with confidence and power to the service of the world.
— Rudolf Steiner
Our teachers create safe play spaces that offer children rich opportunities for age-appropriate, self-initiated exploration. Toys made from natural materials engage the children’s senses, encouraging them to use their creative and imaginative capacities while developing their fine-motor skills. Play spaces are filled with structures that the children can move or crawl into or over and explore with their whole bodies. Combined with environments that invite movement, these enjoyable play spaces help young children develop gross-motor coordination.
Through quiet observation and conversations centered around child development, parents gain greater awareness and trust in their children’s growing interests, motor abilities, social interactions, and problem-solving skills. As the parents' trust grows, children begin to feel more self-confident. This confidence in turn feeds their growing interest in exploring their worlds.
For more information on our Parent-Child Program, or to schedule a visit, please contact Ms. Carol at: firstname.lastname@example.org
There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.
— Nelson Mandela
Finding Westside Waldorf was a happy accident when I was looking for a program for my 2-year old. The intentionality behind every approach toward teaching my child is astounding, impressive, and deeply reassuring. I feel that my child's uniqueness is recognized and nurtured wholeheartedly by everyone who teaches him here -- this special place that is his second home.
— Charleen K., Parent