Parent & Child

“Without a doubt, the most magical part of my week. As soon as we walked through the door, I felt the weight lift off.”






For up to age 3

Parent and Child sessions are planned to restart in September 2021.  

A warm, inviting, supportive group for parents/carers and children from birth to 3 years, our Parent & Child group provides a gentle step from home to kindergarten. It’s a protected place where innocence and wonder are honoured and imagination nurtured.

Our sessions have a warm and homely feel using only natural materials, giving the children the opportunity to explore and play independently and safely.
Each session offers a gentle but structured morning, with simple craft activities, an organic snack, songs and stories. We follow the rhythm of the year, 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.

Our Parent and Child sessions are not currently running due to COVID-19 restrictions.  We are committed to re-opening our sessions as soon as we are able to do so (we plan to restart in September 2021, with sessions happening at St. John’s, Cragg Vale on Fridays).  In the meantime, if you would like to find out more about our Parent & Child sessions, or join the waiting list, please contact us via the Valley Kindergarten.


For Babies

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, and the work of Emmi Pikler, we aim to show how we can care give “with” the child, rather than “to”.

Parents develop the confidence to trust in their child’s own natural abilities and responses.  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 discover together just how incredible your new baby is.

The morning is gently structured with time for tea and cake on arrival when we chat and get to know one another, before moving 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 £7.00 per session.

Sessions are not currently running.  For further information on the baby group please contact us via the Valley Kindergarten.

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