Parent & Child Group

A warm, inviting, supportive group for parents of children from birth to 3 years. It provides a gentle step from home to kindergarten, a protected place where innocence and wonder are honoured and imagination nurtured. We aim to offer a homely feel to the space and use only natural materials, giving the children the opportunity to explore and play independently within the safe confines of our beautiful room. Parent and Child offers a gentle but structured morning, with simple craft activities, an organic snack, songs and stories. We follow the rhythm of the year, we are rooted in the seasons, so all our crafts and songs are seasonal. Things move very slowly within this rhythm of the year and the children gain confidence from the comfort of always knowing what comes next.

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am-12pm
Machpelah Works, Hebden Bridge

For further information on Parent & Child sessions please contact Sally on 07904 052 816.

There is also a Baby Group run by Sally every Tuesday 10-11.30am at Machpelah Works.

Baby Group

The Calder Valley Steiner School Baby Group is designed specifically for babies from birth to one.

Following Steiner’s principles in looking after the very young child we also introduce the work of Emmi Pikler for the Baby Group. The aim is to show parents the value of deep, respectful care in the physical relationship between the adult and the child. We aim to show how we care give “with” the child, rather than “to”. We also aim to give parents the confidence to trust in their child’s own natural ability. We never put a child into a position he or she cannot achieve on their own. Building your child’s awareness of themselves and their environment is the foundation upon which all their further development is built. We show the importance of free play and all the child learns from free movement.

The group is a warm, supportive space for new parents to come and learn together just how incredible your baby is, and see all that he can achieve if given the freedom to develop in his own time. The group meets at Machpelah Works on Tuesday mornings from 10-11.30am. The morning is gently structured with time for tea and cake on arrival when we chat and get to know one another. We then move to the floor where we observe the children in their free movement. The morning ends with a few seasonal songs and rhymes.

The cost is £6.00 per session.

For further information on the baby group please contact Sally, The Parent and Child Group Leader on 07904 052 816.

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