The Galway Steiner Kindergarten opened its doors in September 2012 with the support of the wider community, and with special thanks to extraordinary work undertaken by a few families who got this long-dreamed-of-project up and running. The Kindergarten is now thriving with a full intake of 18 children aged between 2½ and 5½.
The Galway Steiner Kindergarten is a non-profit organisation run by a voluntary management committee made up of parents. We are a socially inclusive Community Kindergarten and have been registered with the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) since 2012. We participate in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme offering the subsidised pre-school years to eligible children, as well as the Community Care Subvention (CCS) programme for families on low income.
At the Galway Steiner Kindergarten we offer a warm and caring environment where children enjoy creative play within the security of a daily rhythm. Our day follows a pattern of alternating child-led time with teacher-led activity. The children enjoy outdoor walks, songs and storytelling, open-ended play, gardening, painting, crafting, baking and sharing a warm meal.
The Kindergarten's philosophy stems from the work of Rudolf Steiner, who believed in education for the whole child, "head, heart and hands". Children are supported to develop socially, emotionally and physically in a creative, secure, enabling and harmonious environment. There is a strong emphasis on nature, music, arts and crafts.