Program

At Periwinkle Preschool we recognise and respect that children are unique individuals on a path of learning. We welcome each child and their family openly on their learning journey.

AGES
We welcome children aged 3-5 years old.

SCHEDULE
Periwinkle operates 9.15am – 3.15pm

All children attend Periwinkle for a 5-day fortnight. Children attend on either:
• Mondays, Tuesdays, and alternate Wednesdays or
• Thursdays, Fridays, and alternate Wednesdays.

DAILY RHYTHM
9:15am
Breakfast snack, free play, domestic work, artistic activity
Children arrive and are welcomed to a nourishing breakfast snack. They are encouraged to participate in the daily activity which may be bread-making, watercolour painting, beeswax modelling or crayon drawing – or they may choose domestic work or self-initiated play. Food preparation is part of the daily curriculum.

11:00am
Pack up

11:20am
Morning circle and verse
We come together for seasonal or traditional songs, finger-games and movement.

11:30am
Lunch
We all sit together to share a blessing and enjoy a wholesome, nutritious shared lunch.

12:00pm
Free play – indoor/outdoor
This is a valued focus of the daily curriculum, with 2 to 2 1/2 hours allocated to both indoor and outdoor play during the whole day. Our beautiful garden and natural play equipment provide an environment for the children to run, climb, explore, and create many and varied play scenarios.

At the end, everyone helps tidy away and everything is carefully returned to its home.

1:15pm
Pack up and songs on the mat

1:30pm
Story
The same story is told for several weeks, often using puppets and props.

1:45pm
Afternoon tea
The children enjoy a nutritious afternoon tea.

2:15pm
Quiet rest time
A lavender face wash and playing of the lyre set the mood. Children have an opportunity to stop and enjoy the quiet.

2:50pm
Pack away, games and singing on the mat
We rise from rest in time for a game and good-bye song till next time we come together as one.

3:15pm
Goodbye

“The heart of the Waldorf method is that education is an art-it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and his will must be reached, as well as the mind.”

– Rudolf Steiner