Pre-K and Kindergarten
The Early Childhood program provides a warm home-like environment for children. Our Early Childhood offers both Pre-K and Kindergarten classes for children ages 2.5-6 years old. Our Early Childhood programs are licensed to operate by the state of Kentucky and follow all state licensing requirements; additionally, we are a full member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) and the International Association of Waldorf Kindergartens.
All of our Early Childhood classrooms are staffed with both a Waldorf Trained teacher and an assistant; all class ratios are under held under 1 to 8.
The Early Childhood teachers work to create a play environment that is beautiful, secure and rich in quality playthings. Natural toys and a peaceful environment allow for open-ended play, imagination and free movement. Our outdoor environments promote the development of strength and confidence as the children work to care for their garden and explore the natural world. Daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms provide a framework of consistency for young children. Young children learn through play and imitation; through work and play the young child develops capacities to be successful and happy throughout their lives. The children will experience a flow of inside and outside time, quiet and boisterous activity, child and teacher directed activities throughout the morning. The days of the week also have a flow of special activities and meals that develop the character of each day. The children will deeply experience the changing of seasons, from celebrating festivals and holidays to simply playing outside year round.
Hours: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm (Drop off begins at 8:10 am)
Days: 3-day (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday OR Wednesday, Thursday, Friday), 5-day (Monday through Friday)
Ages: Children who turn 3 by December 1st of the year they enroll are age-eligible for enrollment in our Pre-K program
Hours: 8:30 am – 12 noon (Drop off begins at 8:10 am)
Days: 5-day, Monday through Friday
Ages: Children who turn 4, 5, or 6 by December 1st of the year they enroll are age-eligible for enrollment in our Kindergarten program
Waldorf School of Louisville offers several extended care options for families looking for additional in-school hours. Details on our extended care program can be found here.