We are fully human only while playing, and we play only when we are human in the truest sense of the word.

~ Rudolf Steiner ~

Early Childhood Age Guidelines

To begin school in September a student must be turn 3 by April 30th of the current school year and be toilet trained. If a child does not meet this age guideline but turns 3 years old later in the school year, they can attend school after they turn 3 years of age. Children who will turn 6 by April 30th are considered “Sun Children” and work on special activities and projects in preparation for first grade.

Dandelion, Sunflower, and Rose Kindergarten Classes

We offer three mixed-age kindergarten classes–a hallmark of Waldorf education–for children 2 ¾ to 6½ years old. The Rose and Sunflower classes meet 8:10 am to 12:30 pm and the Dandelion class meets 8:20 am to 12:40 pm. These classes are for children attending either three or five days a week. Five-day children are prioritized in class placement. Three day students attend Tuesday-Thursday. Children must be enrolled in the five-day program one year—and preferably two—prior to first grade, so that they can be adequately prepared for first grade.

Learn More About Our Private Elementary School

A Waldorf education is like no other. Our students are not confined to desks in classrooms and children who participate in our nature-based preschool and kindergarten program will enjoy many benefits to their physical, mental, and emotional development. Schedule a visit today to learn more about our preschool program and kindergarten and why it would be a wonderful fit for your family. Families who require a later pick-up time may sign up for Extended Care.

Our families travel from across Connecticut including Newtown, Bethel, and Danbury, as well as Westchester County, New York to enroll in our preschool and kindergarten programs.

HVWS is a place where your child will be truly known.