Little Lions is committed to providing an environment that enhances their well-being. Waldorf Education is based on a developmental approach, addressing the needs of the growing child. It strives to transform the education into an art that educates the whole child – the hand, the heart and the head.
If children are to develop capacities that would allow them to enhance their concern for other people and foster a sense of responsibility for the earth, they must be taught in a new way. We must strive to cultivate their artistic abilities and develop their practical skills, and most of all enable them to adapt to a rapidly changing world.
Young children develop self-confidence and independence through consistent rhythm, routine and repetition of each day, week and year. We maintain a strong daily, monthly and seasonal rhythm of nature-bound artistic activities. Each teacher takes pride in his/her daily work to ensure that the environment is beautiful, that the program materials are appropriate and that his/her actions and words are worthy of imitation by the young child.
Free, meaningful play, with simple toys made from natural materials, stimulates the child’s imagination and creative faculties. The child who is surrounded by such a setting and an adult worth emulating in all tasks, will grow and thrive physically, socially, emotionally, spiritually, creatively, imaginatively and in due time, intellectually.
We have no doubt that a healthy partnership with our families, based on communication, mutual trust, co-operation, and support, will provide a positive learning experience for the child, and allow optimum growth as an individual.
For infants and toddlers, Little Lions is actively working on a program that addresses the needs of this particular group. As the first and only licensed Waldorf Daycare in North America, we are in the forefront in this field. We are incorporating current information, research, and strategies from many sources to create a method that will be appropriate for the youngest children, rather than presenting a program which is a watered-down version of the traditional Waldorf Kindergarten. We are supported in this important work by individuals as well as Waldorf and mainstream organizations from all over the world from New Zealand to Hungary as there is currently a great deal of research being done. We are pioneering this program with great care and hope that it will serve as a model for other childcare centres.