The Early Childhood teacher in a Steiner Waldorf School works with the young child firstly by creating a warm, beautiful and loving environment, which is protective and secure and where things happen in a predictable, regular manner. Here she responds to the developing child in three basic ways.

Firstly, the teacher engages in domestic, practical and artistic actvities that the children can readily imitate (for example baking, painting, gardening and handicrafts such as sewing or weaving), adapting the work to the changing seasons and festivals of the year.

Secondly, the teacher nurtures the children’s power of imgination particular to the age. She does so by telling carefully selected stories and by encouraging child-led play. This child- led role play or fantasy play, in which children act out scenarios of their own creation, helps them to experience many aspects of life more deeply. When toys are used, they are used of natural materials and are often known by child experts as ‘open ended’ or ‘loose parts’. Pine cones, wood, cottons, silks, shells and other objects from nature that the children have collected are used in play and to beautify the room.

Thirdly, she facilitates learning and growth of essential social skills, such as relating to one another, caring for one another, taking turns, including everyone in their games and how to participate in a group. 

Sequencing, sensory integration, eye- hand coordination tracking, appreciating the beauty of language and other basic skills necessary for the foundation of academic excellence are fostered in the kindergarten. In this truly natural, loving and creative environment the children are given a range of activities and the structure that help them prepare for the next phases in their school life.