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Kindergarten Open Doors Afternoon

The phase of early childhood encompasses birth to seven years. Come view the purpose-built Early Years building with its inspirational spaces designed to employ imagination, encourage meaningful play and develop creativity.


To Book: Places are limited, so it is essential to book prior to the event, by emailing Sarah Miller, Communications Coordinator: communications@edinburghsteinerschool.org.uk


The Playgroup and Kindergartens are set within their own secured gardens, as part of a three-acres campus within a conservation area of Edinburgh. Offering a holistic co-educational education from aged 2 – 18, parents have the opportunity to choose an education, and a school, for their child’s whole school career.


With Early Years, Lower School and Upper School all situated on the same grounds, the transition from a nursery setting to formal learning, and then again to the critical thinking and examinations years, are supported by a familiar environment in both the child-friendly architecture and peers. Each kindergarten group usually has between 10-16 children of mixed ages to rising seven and is led by a specially trained Kindergarten Teacher and Assistant.


Older children from the three Kindergarten will begin to socialise together over their final transitioning year, building on the friendships with their soon-to-be Class 1 classmates. The pastoral teaching approach enriches the ethos of our community school. Parent(s) of a toddler have the opportunity to choose a holistic nursery setting that is far beyond childcare.


Play for young children is not recreational activity…it is thinking time. It is language time. Problem-solving time. It is memory time, planning time, investigating time. It is organisationof-ideas time, when the young child uses his mind and body and his social skills and all his powers in response to the stimuli he has met.

James Hymes, Child Development Specialist.


It is the work of a child. Play time in a Steiner early years setting banks educational experiences that strive to instil an insatiable curiosity for learning, a consistent school life that can bridge changes in home routines and work, and friendships able to span many years of childhood, teenagehood (and beyond). Read further about our Kindergartens .


This Open Doors event will give prospective parents the opportunity to take a look into the three Kindergarten rooms, taking in the abundance of natural light that floods each open space, with its homely feel, own kitchen, natural furnishings and undefined playthings. Children can explore the sandpits, swings, climbing trees and water play in the enclosed mature gardens; and explore the Playgroup space with all the natural treasures it has to offer. Our Kindergarten Coordinator will be present to answer any pedagogical curiosities.


Our early years environment is entirely nut and seed free. Other allergies are also catered for on an individual basis.


Edinburgh Steiner School accept applications all year round.


If you are scheduled to attend, please contact us in the event you cannot join us.


Please note that children must be supervised at all times.


More than ever nowadays, where things are changing, where the way we interact with the world has become so much more indirect because of new technologies, where we need to cope with a completely different sensory environment, this type of education is more important than ever.


Extract from Nobel Laureate (Neuroscience) & Waldorf graduate, Dr Thomas Sudhöf’s keynote speech, at Waldorf 100 celebrations in Silicon Valley. Still the largest and fastest growing educational movement globally, in its centenary year there are now over 1,200 Steiner Waldorf schools and almost 2,000 Kindergartens in some 80 countries based upon the principles of the internationally recognised Steiner Waldorf curriculum. Our aim is to develop responsible, free-thinking young people who can contribute to society with initiative and purpose.


Seasonal Kids Ceilidh

The School is hosting its quarterly daytime ceilidh on this same day, from 1.30pm – 2.30pm, following the Edinburgh Steiner Friday Market. This is a free event, suitable for younger children in Early Years and . Visit event here: Spring Kids Ceilidh.