The Nursery program at Charlottesville Waldorf School provides a haven for three and four year old children to meet the world in a warm, safe and joyous space. The teachers receive the children each morning with a big smile and an invitation to join the fun!
The mornings in the Nursery classroom are vibrant with all manner of creative play and purposeful homemaking. The children love to assist the teachers while they prepare the whole grain snack, water the plants, tend to the laundry, set the table. Others are busy in free play, creating fanciful structures and pretend scenarios using the open-ended toys made from natural materials.
Each day’s activity also includes circle and finger games, story time or puppet plays, and lots of time romping around our beautiful outdoor spaces (in all weather!). During the course of the week we will color pictures with our beeswax crayons, grind grain to bake our bread, and paint pictures with rich watercolor paints.
The Nursery year is all about emerging from the small circle of family and home into the wider world. The children are learning about friendship, sharing and caring, while they also learn how to move and use their bodies to do all the things they can imagine.
Nursery Class options
Our Nursery class is open to children 3-4 years old. Children turning 5 during the school year are expected/required to attend school 5 days a week. The class has a Waldorf-trained lead teacher and an assistant.
5 days (half): Monday – Friday, 8:00am-12:00pm
5 days (full): Monday – Friday, 8:00am-2:45pm
3 days (half): Tuesday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
3 days (full): Tuesday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 2:45 pm
Additionally, nursery students are eligible for aftercare until 5:30 pm.