The Ark at Avanti has a Kindergarten for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Our room is at the end of the Kindergarten block nearest to the school car park.
The Kindergarten runs during term time (38 weeks a year) Tuesday to Thursday 9am to 3pm. We have 3 staff. Monica Gonzalez (level 5 Early Years Teacher), Sharon Parrott (Level 3 Early Years Practitioner) and Laura Pearce (Level 2 Apprentice).
The day follows a Steiner Waldorf Early Years rhythm and curriculum with chopping of vegetables and fruit, painting with watercolours, hand crafts and play with toys made with natural materials. The children are held in a steady and sure rhythm through each day so that they have periods of being busy and times of resting. The art of story telling without books is practiced and the children’s imaginations are developed through lots of open ended materials to play with. A sense of connection with the seasons is encouraged through cooking and eating with seasonal foods as well as playing outside everyday (a hat, waterproof trousers and a coat are essential!). Different grains are used in the cooking each day (eg Barley on Tuesdays, Wednesday Millet and Rye on Thursdays).
Children will learn songs for each season and the same story will be used several times so that it becomes very familiar, like a good bedtime story. Props are used to tell the story once children become familiar with it and they then may move on to using those props in their free play as they re-tell the story or develop one of their own.
Our room is decorated to be calm and welcoming. You will see natural materials used for furniture and as play-things. Out side children enjoy sliding down the bank, playing in the sand pit, growing plants, mixing up mud and leaves in the mud kitchen and playing make believe.
We accept Early Years Entitlement funding. If you are using your entitlement elsewhere you can pay the fees directly to us. Fees over and above those covered by Early Years Entitlement (or Extended Entitlement) will be charged at £6.40/ hour. Lunches will be charged at £2.60 for each day attended.
In order to keep the Kindergarten viable we are going to have to increase fees from 1st May 2021 to £6.65 per hour for any hours additional to your funding. Lunches will increase to £2.75.