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.
An Introduction to Hannah:
"I grew up in South London, I then went on to study at Brighton University, for a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood, Education and Care (specializing in birth to five years old) I very much caught the 'seaside bug' and made Brighton my home for the next five years. After I graduated, I worked in many different early year's settings, ranging from being a nanny to being a nursery teacher.
My whole professional and personal world changed when I came across Steiner education, this led me to work within the kindergarten at a Steiner school in Brighton, with two to four year olds. My work within the kindergarten inspired me to embark on the Steiner Kindergarten Teacher Training which I completed in July 2021. I am very passionate about Steiner education, and I embody a holistic, gentle, unhurried and warm practice while working with families, babies, and young children."
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- 11.00am. 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 Daily Rhythm:
Woodmice Parent & Baby/Child Groups are suitable for parents/carers attending with children from birth-5 years. We meet every Friday during term-time whatever the weather to enjoy walking, exploring nature, singing, eating and a puppet show together.
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.
To find out further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking is made on a half-termly basis for £42.50.