2 Years And Over

Attended without parents/carers, the Playgroup welcomes up to ten toddlers, and enables them to develop independence, meet new friends, learn social skills and have fun.

During the session, imagination and creativity are nurtured through free play with simple toys and natural materials. Outside, the group enjoys its own sandpit and mud kitchen, as well as nature walks through the beautifully maintained school grounds, and use of the Kindergarten garden.

The children help to prepare and share together a healthy, organic snack. The session ends with a short circle time which can include songs, finger rhymes, stories or a puppet show.

This group can provide a stepping stone before children make the progression into Kindergarten at the age of 3½ years. A child is recommended to attend at least three sessions a week too ensure a strong sense of rhythm.

Playgroup sessions are held during term time, every morning, Monday to Friday from 8.40am – 3.15pm with the option of collection at 12.55pm if required.
For parents/guardians who would benefit from a 5pm collection time, our afternoon care provision is available each day. 

Joining Playgroup

See our Session Dates to view a full list of term dates for 2020/21.

As Edinburgh Steiner School Early Years is registered with the Care Inspectorate, parents can use their Tax Free Childcare account to help meet the costs of Playgroup fees, reducing the cost by 20%. Edinburgh Steiner School is also in partnership with Edinburgh City Council to offer pre-school funded early learning and childcare (ELC) from the term after a child’s third birthday*. These government schemes can be used in conjunction with each other.

Find out more about the playgroup fees and other financial assistance here.

For further details about the Playgroup setting contact:

In 2019 we celebrated a hundred years of Steiner Waldorf education. It is now the fastest growing education movement in the world, with 1,200 Schools and more than 2,000 Kindergartens in some 80 countries. Watch

Steiner Waldorf 100 film:


Award-Winning Filmmaker’s Time To Play Documentary, featuring a Steiner Waldorf Early Years setting. Trailer:


Edinburgh Steiner School, Kindergarten & Playgroup: 2020 film (in production). View a short film made in 2012 showing our Early Years Education:

Articles of interest:

Playgroup For 2+ Year Olds Now Registered With Care Inspectorate (February 7th, 2020)

Purposeful, Passive, Playthings Join V&A Museum of Childhood (February 4th, 2020)

Holistic Approach To Maths Adds Up (January 20th, 2020)

Schools need to be a ‘safe last bastion’ as social media stress rises (The Herald, March 2nd, 2019)

Silicon Valley’s tech-free Waldorf School is a hit (The Times, November 10th, 2018)