During term-time, we offer indoor and outdoor Parent and Child groups suitable for children from birth to age 3 years.
The indoor groups are held each weekday from 10:00am to 12:00pm and the outdoor groups are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
They are a wonderful way to make friends and build a support network, something so important for parent wellbeing. A healthy community is a fundamental part of Steiner education settings and we pride ourselves in helping to facilitate strong relationships. You can learn more about our community here.
The rhythm of Parent & Child
The indoor group follows a similar rhythm to the Kindergarten session. We begin with a craft activity or baking allowing the children time to play and explore the simple natural toys and materials. The children come together and tidy up, eat a snack and join in singing songs before finishing with storytelling and freshly baked warm bread.
Our outdoor group begins with free play, allowing the children the freedom to explore the outdoor space whilst the parents and carers have a hot drink. In the second part of the session we all come together to make flatbreads and popcorn to cook on the fire and enjoy with some fresh fruit. We sing songs and tell stories about the seasons.
We also offer a Baby Group on Thursday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm (during term=time) for expectant parents and parents/carers and their pre-mobile babies. Once these babies begin to crawl, families are welcome to transfer to one of our indoor or outdoor Parent and Child groups (which are also suitable for newborns)
The Baby Group will offer parents and carers of new babies time and space, facilitated by an experienced parent and child leader, to connect with yourself, your baby and with other families. The idea of “Caring for the Carer” is fundamental to Baby Group.
The rhythm of Baby Group
Based in our dedicated parent and child room, the group will follow a gentle rhythm, as all our parent and child groups do, drawing on inspiration from Steiner Early Years Philosophy.
Parents/carers will be greeted with a hot drink and cake, after which the group will gather in circle, and each adult has the opportunity to speak and be listened to by the rest of the group while babies rest and play. There is no pressure for anyone to speak if they don’t want to but this can be a helpful time to share any worries and joys. There will then be some informal time to relax and play together before a period of quiet mindfulness in which parent/carers can rest in their own presence and if necessary just gently observe and be with their baby. Following this, the group will sing some songs and enjoy a simple story before we say our goodbyes and go home.
The baby may stay in the group until the end of the first half-term in which they starts crawling. A space will be offered in a Parent and Child Group from the start of the following half term or sooner.
How to apply
If you are interested in our indoor and outdoor Parent and Child groups or the Baby group, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org for an information pack and application form or download one below:
Our Parent & Child and Baby Groups are run on a termly basis and we ask for each term’s fees to be paid at the start of the term. The fees are £6 per session for 1 child or £7 per session if there are 2 or more siblings.
For parents interested in joining Beechtree Steiner’s Kindergarten classes for age 3-6 years, our Parent and Child and Baby Groups act as an excellent introduction to entering childcare, allowing the children to make friends and learn the gentle rhythms of Steiner education. Learn more about our Kindergarten.