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

Stay and Play sessions have now restarted.  

A warm, inviting, supportive group for parents/carers and children from birth to 3 years, our Stay and Plan group provides a gentle step from home to Nursery. 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 Stay and Play sessions are currently running at St. John’s, Cragg Vale on Fridays only.  We hope to expand this to other days later in the year.  In the meantime, if you would like to find out more about our Stay and Play sessions, or join the waiting list, please contact us via the Valley Nursery.


For Babies

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

The 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.

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