“My daughter actually complains when it’s the weekend now, because there’s no Kindy! All schools and nurseries should be this magical, nurturing and free.”
Our Kindergarten class is for children aged 3 to 6 at our magical home by the woods in Cragg Vale near Hebden Bridge. It runs Monday-Friday from 8.45am -1:45pm, with the option to stay until 3pm as part of our ‘Appledapple’ afternoons.
Our children play in the woods, fields and gardens around our school every day – we wear out our wellies faster than we can grow out of them! We also spend one full “Outside Day” in the woods each week, cooking our lunch over an open fire and playing in the trees.
In Kindergarten, children learn through imaginative play and practical activities. Our gentle, alternative curriculum means there’s time and space to learn at their own pace without targets and tick-lists, building a natural love for learning around their individual strengths. Activities include singing, story-telling, painting, making and baking, with older children gradually taking on additional activities to prepare them for Class 1.
We follow the rhythm of the year with seasonal songs and stories and celebrate traditional seasonal festivals. Each day follows a predictable and gentle rhythm, which helps children feel secure and independent, with a freshly-prepared healthy meal shared together each day for lunch.
We have spaces available right now for both Kindergarten and Appledapple afternoons, and would love to show you how magical Early Years education can be.
“She comes home with pockets full of pebbles and feathers, with mud down her fingernails and her hair smelling faintly of woodsmoke. It’s the childhood of dreams, and I feel so lucky to be able to give her this.”