The job of modern parents is becoming more and more demanding, trying to balance the stress of life while also understanding the need and desire to be present and nurturing as a parent. Many seek just a small island of calm and peace, a space to be held. And that's exactly what we offer in our Parent and Child group.
Snowdrops Parent and Child Group
The Snowdrops Parent and Child Group is a supportive and nurturing environment for both child and parent. It is suitable for children from around eighteen months to three years. It is a weekly gathering that takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9.30- 11.30am. For more information or to sign up please contact us.
The groups provide an opportunity for gaining a deeper understanding of the principles introduced in the Parent & Child group and brings outdoor play, snack time, crafts for the adults, and song time supported with the use of song, rhythm and repetition.
This is an ideal place to meet other new parents and learn more about Steiner education. All families are warmly welcomed.
As young children are getting to inhabit and know their physical bodies, the emphasis in the sessions is on supporting the developing senses of self-movement and balance by not intervening with the natural processes, as well as supporting self-initiated and self-directed free-play which is essential for developing lifelong skills such as self-regulation, creative thinking, problem-solving and conflict resolution.
The young child’s consciousness is dream-like and much is done to protect this natural state. Songs are used to support transitions and we work with the young child’s need to imitate, role-modelling the qualities we wish to encourage to unfold from within the children, with joy and love.
The Morning Rhythm
The sessions are two hours long. The calm and peaceful rhythm becomes familiar to the child and offers a sense of security in its natural predictability.
We begin our gathering outside, come rain or shine, and while the children play freely, adults bond, make new friendships, share their joys and challenges, and support each other. From here, we go inside, put on our slippers, wash our hands and take our place around the table to have a healthy snack.
Once we’ve cleared the table and tidied up together, the adults will work on their seasonal craft on the sofas, while the children play freely. Our simple toys are made of natural materials, such as wool, cotton, silk, and wood, providing sensory nourishment in their softness, weight and texture.
We have a ten to fifteen minute spell of quiet observation time. The adults are still, modelling purposeful activity with their craft-work, and creating a peaceful, holding environment which helps the children feel secure and able to engage in their play. It also provides an opportunity for the adults to sit back and truly observe what comes out from within the children without adult intervention. We are there if they need us, of course.
'Tidy-time' is initiated with a song about a little dusty gnome ( which you will find yourself using also at home in no time) We then come together for song-time accompanied by beautiful felted/knitted animals and ‘treasures’ from nature. As the adults sing and focus on creating their own movements with joy, children will absorb the mood, naturally imitate and create their own gestures in their own time.
Woodmice Parent & Baby/Child Groups are suitable for parents/carers attending with children from birth-5 years. We meet once a week in term-time whatever the weather to enjoy walking, exploring nature, singing, eating and a puppet show together. This group meets on a Friday morning.
We meet at our meeting point. This can change throughout the year and the leader will provide
details separately. There we hold a little song-time. Most songs include creating gestures. If the
adults model for the children, singing and creating their own gestures with joy, the children will
absorb this and from imitation will join in, creating their own gestures from within in their own time and unique way. Depending on individual temperaments some children will participate loudly and boldly while others will be more observant, maybe even self-conscious. Engagement and participation looks different depending on the unique individual. If you engage and participate yourself you can experience the joy of sitting back a little and observing your child’s individual uniqueness unfold.
We then walk together to our base aiming to move as a group and parents/carers are always
responsible for their children. We set out our picnic blankets and have a snack. It is more difficult holding clear boundaries of time to play and time to stay seated and eat when outdoors. We use little rituals and repetition to help hold those moments without direct instruction. We sing a little blessing song before we start to eat and if a child has finished and is looking ready to go off and play we say a thank you for the meal first.
Booking is made on a half-termly basis for £42.50.