‘LITTLE GNOMES’ PARENT & CHILD PROGRAMME AT THE KILDARE STEINER SCHOOL
A gentle space for you and your very young child
Welcome to the ‘Little Gnomes’ Parent & Child Class This class takes place at the Kildare Steiner School for parents and children from birth to three years of age each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during term-time from 10am to 12.30pm. During each session parents and their children have an opportunity to experience Rudolf Steiner's approach to education. The programme works within the curriculum for the very young, bringing a greater sense of what the very young child really needs. There is an opportunity for parents to bring more awareness to their own style of parenting and learning is informal and experiential. The importance of warmth, touch, movement and a healthy rhythm in home life are key elements in this programme. A sense of community soon develops among parents from the simple act of sharing a seasonal meal together or learning a new skill in craft-making. The group is led by Linda Grant, a Steiner Kindergarten teacher and mentor and Sinead Ui Thiarnaigh, a Steiner Kindergarten teacher.
We are also offering a new Mother and Baby, “Sióga Beaga”, programme on Friday mornings 10am to 12.30 pm. The focus of this group is to meet the needs of the pre-walking stage baby. This group session brings a gentle beginning to the daily life of infants and babies, introducing a practice of care that is deeply respectful of a baby’s own will and allowing time for free movement. The session is held mostly indoors. The programme is based on the work of Dr. Emmi Pikler, pediatrician and the session is led by Linda Grant who is trained in this approach.
The morning’s rhythm for Little Gnomes Each session is held in a designated room in the “Le Chéile” building at the school, as well as in a dedicated outdoor garden on the grounds where small children and their parents can safely play and enjoy their activities. Young children love to explore the world around them, touching, feeling and investigating, and so we choose simple natural materials for positive sensory experiences. The session follows a gentle rhythm at a pace that gives young children a sense of security and belonging. Parents find relaxation in the steady rhythm of the morning:
10.00am Arrival and greeting circle (seasonal songs and rhymes) 10.15am: Forest walk and gardening 11.00am Washing hands and toilet time 11.00: Morning Snack and tidy-up 12.00 noon: Creative play (indoor or outdoor) and tidy-up; craft-making 12.30pm: Goodbye song
Seasonal festivals are celebrated during the year with a puppet play or story. Parents have an opportunity to make simple seasonal crafts such as star-making or baking.