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Preschool and Kindergarten Classes

Ages: 18 months to 3 years (preschool) and 3 years to 6 years (kindergarten)

Portion of the Year: Weekdays, August through May

Earliest drop-off: 7:45 am

Latest pick-up: 12:00 pm

Gecko Garden School offers two preschool classes (ages 18 months to 3 years), and two kindergarten classes (ages 3 to 6 years). Each class is capped at 20 students. The classes are led by a Head Teacher, and assisted by at least two Teacher’s Assistants. These mixed age classes are thoughtfully created to provide a caring environment where younger children learn from the older, and older children care for the younger. Both classes follow a gentle class rhythm, which provides the children with a sense of order, predictability, safety and security. The daily rhythm follows this basic pattern:

TimeActivity
8:15 AM (Kindergarten)

8:30 AM (Preschool)

Daily activity and snack preparation
9:30 AMTidy up time
9:45 AMCircle time
10:00 AMSnack time
10:30 AMOutside play
11:00 AMStory
11:15 AM (Kindergarten)

11:30 AM (Preschool)

Home time / Lunch

There is a weekly rhythm to the school snack and daily activity. Here is a sample of a weekly rhythm in a Kindergarten class. Additionally, care and attention is paid to the preparation for holidays and festivals, when the children are invited to help create an enchanting environment for their celebration.

Day of the weekActivitySnack
MondayWatercolor paintingRice and beans
TuesdayHandwork or craftsVegetable soup
WednesdayPreparing breadFresh bread and butter
ThursdayBeeswax modellingSpring rolls
FridayDrawingMango sticky rice

A snack is provided that has been carefully considered for taste and nutritional content. Families are asked not to send additional snacks or drinks to school, as this can lead to competition among the children and distract them from eating the healthy snack provided.

Please refer to our Program Summary for more information.

Full Day Program

Ages: 18 months to 6 years

Portion of the Year: Weekdays, August through May

Earliest drop-off: 7:45 am

Latest pick-up: 2:30 pm

The full day program offers lunch and an extension of the kindergarten program into the afternoon. The class is supervised by a Head Teacher and at least one Teacher’s Assistant. The school provides lunch for children who participate in the Full Day Program, as part of the term tuition. The food we provide is nutritious, and is locally sourced and organic whenever possible. Special dietary needs will be accommodated. Families are asked not to send alternative food for lunch. This is because when the children all eat the same thing, there is less competition or distraction from eating the nutritious food! After lunch, the children are invited inside to nap and rest. As they wake, they are given time for supervised play with some gentle guided activities, inside the classroom and on the playground.

Please refer to our Program Summary for more information.

Parent and Child Group

Ages: Prenatal to 4 years

Portion of the Year: Weekly, August through May

Program Time: 2:30 to 4:30 pm, see school calendar for update day of the week

The Parent and Child Group offers enrichment and support to parents and their young children from infancy to four years of age. Parents and children together enjoy a weekly session in a preschool classroom. Children are offered the chance to explore and play while parents connect, find a supporting community, discuss child development and parent issues, and learn about Waldorf education under the guidance of a loving teacher. The session includes a craft, a circle time, and a special story.

Please refer to our Program Summary for more information.

Winter and Summer Program

Ages: 18 months to 6 years

Portion of the Year: Weekdays, January (2 weeks) and June (5 weeks)

Earliest drop-off: 7:45 am

Latest pick-up: 12:00 pm

Gecko Garden School offers an optional holiday program over the winter (January) and summer (June) holidays. These programs that have an overarching theme and specific topics that change each week. The programs are divided into two classes: Little Gecko for children 18 months to 3 years, and Gecko for children 3 to 6 years. Current students have the opportunity to enroll first, and remaining places are then opened to the community. Summer and Winter Program dates are listed in the school calendar and detailed information about the programs is communicated prior to the relevant holiday periods. See our Facebook page for updates about the specific dates and themes of our summer and winter programs.

Please refer to our Program Summary for more information.