Early Childhood

Parent/Child, Preschool and Kindergarten

"Your teachers have wonderful interactions with the children, and your program scored the highest I have ever scored on that item out of all the programs I have observed in almost a year. Outstanding!! " ~ STARS Assessor

A sense of wonder and wholehearted participation in the surrounding world are the special virtues of young children and the qualities strengthened in a Waldorf Early Childhood classroom. Young children learn best through their senses and activity. The Early Childhood programs at UVWS are designed to be a joyful, nurturing experience for young children and their parents. Our programs offer:

  • Consistent Daily and Weekly Rhythms
  • Emphasis on Human Interaction
  • Nutritious Whole-Food Snacks
  • Festivals and Celebrations
  • Experiential and Sensory Activities
  • Practical Life Skills
  • Outdoor Play and Nature Exploration

All of our Early Childhood programs are multi-aged and each applicant is considered individually to determine the best placement. How to apply.

Publicly-Funded Preschool

Parents of preschool children in Vermont are eligible for Act 166 funds to help offset the cost of tuition:

Parent/Child Classes

Morning Garden

Toddlers 1-3 years old accompanied by an adult
Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday mornings
Fall, Winter, Spring sessions

Parent/Child classes meet one morning a week in 9-14 week sessions throughout the school year. The morning runs from 9:00 - 11:00 am. Children who tire before the end of the morning may leave early. These groups are for young children up to three years of age. Younger siblings (newborn to age 1) are welcome to come along free of charge.

While children explore the classroom and play with friends nearby, parents engage in a purposeful, focused task or activity. This gives the children an example worthy of imitation and creates a nurturing environment in which each child can thrive. You may help to prepare the snack, join in a simple finger game or craft a toy for your child from natural materials. Together, the group joins in songs and fingers plays, enjoys a hearty snack and plays outside on the Early Childhood playground.

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Preschool and Kindergarten

The Preschool and Kindergarten curricula is based on a daily rhythm of healthy movement and activity, practical skills, handwork, woodwork, gardening, speech and language development, singing, traditional circle games and storytelling. Each day includes ample outdoor play and nutritious snacks that the children help prepare. These rhythms, along with the loving guidance of our specially-trained teachers, build confidence and joy in young children.

Our classrooms, filled with light and natural toys and materials, cultivate a child’s sense of wonder, imagination and creativity. When nurtured in young children, these qualities become the foundation for independent thought, intellectual inquiry and a life-long love of learning.

Classes are from 8:15 am until noon; our Afternoon/Extended Afternoon Program begins at noon and parents can pick up their children at 3:00 or 5:00 pm.

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Afternoon/Extended Afternoon Programs

Enrolled Preschool and Kindergarten children
12:00 noon - 3:00 or 5:00 pm

The Upper Valley Waldorf School Afternoon/Extended Afternoon Program serves the families of our school by offering a warm, caring, play-filled after-school experience.  This optional program begins at noon and continues until 3:00 pm or, if the child is staying for the extended afternoon program, until 5:00 pm. Children can unwind, eat healthy food, play in nature and build new skills in a relaxed way.