Early Childhood

The task of education in the first seven years is to help the child develop physically in a healthy way and especially to protect and stimulate the developing senses. This provides the proper foundation for the future development of the child’s social, academic and emotional life.

To achieve this, Orana’s early childhood program provides a secure, nurturing and homelike environment where creative play, healthy routines and simple tasks are part of the daily rhythm.

Playgroup

The Orana Steiner School Playgroup creates a warm, nurturing environment for children aged 0-4 years. It offers parents the opportunity to meet fellow parents in a friendly, caring, and inclusive place.

Activities include inside and outside free-play, baking, singing, story, morning tea and seasonal craft activities.

We strive to achieve a healthy balance between the social needs of the adults and an awareness of what is happening around the children. By bringing children together in such a way, we prepare them for school by giving them the opportunity to play with others of similar ages.

At Orana we have four Playgroups sessions (Monday to Thursday at 9.15am – 11.45am) for children aged 0-4 years to attend with their parent or carer. The fee is $30 per session and parents can attend one session per week. For further information, please contact: playgroup@oranaschool.com

Transition from Home

Transition from home is made with love and care by providing a homelike atmosphere in the rooms. The children are encouraged to learn by imitation and habit, allowing them to digest their experiences in a largely unconscious way. In practice, teaching is by example and is integrated and holistic rather than subject-based.

The nature of this experiential learning encourages the children to be self-motivated, allowing them to come to know the world in the most age-appropriate way. The environment is ordered, clean, natural and organic and is set up in a way to safeguard healthy play.

Good habits of behaviour cultivated in the early years become the foundation for learning in Primary School and beyond.

In kindergarten, teachers aim to enrich the children’s oral language and provide opportunities for them to develop social awareness through encouraging respectful interactions. They also help the children develop their senses and motor movement towards gaining autonomy and independence in all they do. The children are involved daily in domestic activities such as cooking and baking, gardening, laundry and cleaning, creating and caring for the materials in the room. These activities are adjusted to the needs and capabilities of every child.

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