WELCOME TO FOUR SEASONS KINDERGARTen
Play is the child’s way of working. When tamariki are playing, they are concentrating, learning and if we intervene without permission or thought, we can break the spell and the magic is gone. When tamariki are playing at Four Seasons, we resist playing ‘with’ them or setting up activities for them to engage in. Play lives deeply within each child. We provide an environment to allow the play to unfold and relationships between tamariki to develop and strengthen. To learn more about visiting and enrolling your child, please visit our information on enrollment here.
Steiner schools and kindergartens are responsive to the wider cultural, social and political contexts in which they are located in Aotearoa New Zealand in the 21st century. Our schools embrace and honour Aotearoa New Zealand’s bi-cultural heritage and consider all human beings to be free and equal in dignity and rights.
The Steiner Federation acknowledges Rudolf Steiner’s work. The Steiner school movement in Aotearoa New Zealand works out of an approach of equity and rejects strongly any historical statements from which inferences of racial prejudice may be made. Steiner/Waldorf schools and teacher training centres are culturally safe havens for all.
The Federation of Rudolf Steiner Waldorf Schools in New Zealand’s Curriculum Guidelines state that, “the principles that are fundamental to Steiner education are that it is accessible to, and able to be adapted to, the needs of different ethnicities, cultures and religions. Curriculum content allows for the exploration of a wide variety of cultural traditions and world views. Steiner/Waldorf schools in Aotearoa New Zealand strive to imbue their curricula with the unique spirit and history of this land and its peoples.”
Through our passion for an unhurried approach to childhood, we will provide a safe and secure environment that is homely, nurturing and sustainable. We will respect that each stage of a child’s development has unique qualities and that these should be fully experienced before embarking on the next stage of education.
“Receive the child in reverence Educate him in Love Let him go forth in Freedom”
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925)
Tamariki in our community have an early childhood education based on Rudolf Steiner early childhood philosophies.
A haven where they can experience an unhurried childhood in a natural homelike environment.
An environment that supports whanau, our community and builds the foundation of who our children will be come as adults, our future community and the future of our environment.
Policies and Procedures
One of the ways we honour relationships with tamariki, whanau, kaiako and our community is through the commitment to uphold criteria as set by the Ministry of Education. We review policies and procedures regularly, in partnership with our community welcoming input, discussion and feedback to ensure we are all honoured and nurtured in our environment.
Policies and procedures are grouped into the following areas.
- Premises and Facilities
- Health and Safety
- Governance, Management and Administration
- Four Season Handbook 2018