The Steiner Philosophy

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Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences

At the heart of Whispering Gully is the guiding principle of a holistic and integrated educational approach to early childhood development. Steiner education focuses on developing the different dimensions of a child: emotional, mental, physical and spiritual. What makes this educational approach so special is that each child is honoured as a unique individual, and his or her development is founded on this understanding.

Overview of the Steiner Philosophy

Growing children have many needs that require nurturing, and the Steiner philosophy thrives on meeting not only the academic and physical needs but the social, spiritual and artistic ones as well.

Children at Whispering Gully Childcare Centres are provided with engaging and relevant learning opportunities, through meaningful creative and imaginative experiences, so that they can grow into ethical, thoughtful and capable individuals.

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Focus on quality of play and imagination

Children are filled with a natural joy and curiosity, and Steiner-based education uses this natural affinity to promote basic developmental tasks.

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Learning through play

It has been found that through play young children are presented with a rich and profound learning experience about how to engage with their environment (physically and through the senses).

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Health

Health is a crucial aspect of Steiner education, from wholesome nutrition to physical movement. Healthy rituals and rhythms are part of the inclusive curriculum, enabling us to look after your children's health needs.

3 Benefits of the Steiner philosophy

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Language learning is encouraged through storytelling, art, music and dance. Motor skills are developed through hands-on craft activities using natural materials such as beeswax, wood and wool.

Learning through age-appropriate activities

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Outdoor play is integral to a Steiner curriculum. Children enjoy more extended periods of outdoor play utilising various open-ended items including rope, timber & loose parts. Play can be further enhanced, during craft activities, by making use of leaves, naturally-dyed wool and flowers.

The curriculum includes the natural world

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Sit-down learning is limited, and our children develop essential skills through activities such as cooking, cleaning & building things. A variety of teaching methods are used to reinforce the same concept.

Learning is interactive