Young children build their capacities for curiosity, creative thinking, and resilience every day through their experiences.
At the Charlottesville Waldorf School, beautiful, home-like classrooms and ample outdoor play areas with gardens and trees surround the children with quiet beauty, inviting them to relax and open up to the world. Grounded in a play-based curriculum, the Charlottesville Waldorf School early childhood programs center movement, nature, and imagination; building social skills and developing the capabilities required for academic excellence.
An Outdoor Waldorf Experience for Early Childhood Students – 2020/21
For the 2020/21 school year our traditional Early Childhood programs have transitioned into predominantly-outdoor programs, with ample time in nature allowing children to play and explore in the fresh air on our sprawling campus. There are opportunities to play in the stream, hike on the trails, play in the woods, and frolic on the private class playgrounds.
Our morning Nursery and Kindergarten programs follow a similar rhythm as in previous years but with expanded time outdoors on our beautiful playgrounds and surrounding outdoor spaces. Circle, story, snack and lunch all take place outside this year. We continue to offer watercolor painting, coloring, and seasonal crafts which are offered in small groups (sometimes indoors) to allow for physical distancing. Handwashing and good hygiene are a top priority along with regular disinfecting of the high-touch surface areas.
Face Mask Policy – Face masks are required at all times by faculty, staff and students when indoors and when social distancing is not possible outdoors. All adults and children over the age of 2 who visit campus will be required to wear a mask at all times.
Daily Health Screening – All faculty, staff and students are health screened upon arrival each day, and visitors are as well when they arrive on campus.
Our curriculum has always been inspired by the cycle of the year and the seasonal changes, and there is no better way to experience this than through immersion in the great outdoors! The natural environment will stimulate the imagination, awaken critical thinking, and provide opportunities to strengthen motor skills.
Now accepting applications for 2021/22! Call to schedule your campus tour and student visits today!
At CWS your child will experience:
- Open-ended, creative play
- Extended time outdoors, experiencing nature
- Sensory-rich toys made of natural materials
- A warm, home-like environment
- Diverse and inclusive stories, songs, poems, and games
- A predictable and dependable rhythm to the days, weeks, and year
For 100 years, Waldorf early childhood programs have been nurturing young children, establishing a strong foundation for academic learning and a life-long interest in other people and in the world around them.
Explore our Early Childhood Programs
Please note: we will not be offering our Toddler Program during the beginning of the 2020/21 school year but do plan to add this wonderful class back into our school offerings. If you are interested in this program for 2-3 year olds, please contact our Admissions Office to be added to our interest list.
Early Childhood Events
- March 20 Early Childhood Open House
- Early Childhood Open House – February 20, 2021
- Parent and Child Craft Night
- Early Childhood Open House – December 5, 2020