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What is a Waldorf preschool?

The main features of Waldorf preschool and daycare programs

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Along with Montessori and Reggio Emilia, Waldorf is one of the main types of preschools offered in Canada. Waldorf preschools tend to be play-based. The focus is on child-centred activities, student interaction, and imaginative learning. Read more


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  • Thornhill, Ontario
    Bathurst St/Rutherford Rd
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $18,000 to $21,000

Toronto Waldorf School offers a curriculum that integrates academics,arts & movement, and addresses the intellectual, physical, emotional & social aspects of child development. Preschool to gr. 12.

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Toronto Waldorf School 18000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 9 Coed
  • $6,170 to $12,130

Calgary Waldorf School’s rich and challenging curriculum carefully balances academic, artistic and practical activities to stimulate intelligence and encourage creativity.

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Calgary Waldorf School 6170 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Davenport Rd/Spadina Rd
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $5,040 to $19,950

Waldorf Academy offers programs from childcare to grade eight in downtown Toronto. Its average class size is 18 students.

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Waldorf Academy 5040 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Burlington, Ontario
    Appleby Line/Upper Middle Road
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $8,800 to $14,620

Halton Waldorf School in Burlington, Ontario offers a licensed preschool, kindergarten and grades 1 to 12. It’s average class size is 15 to 21 students.

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Halton Waldorf School 8800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

Below, we outline some of the main features of Waldorf preschools and daycares. Keep in mind, though, that these programs can vary in terms of aims, policies, teaching approaches, and more.

Features of Waldorf preschools 

 

Preschool questions (read our in-depth answers)

Answers to the question “What is a Waldorf preschool?” from school officials

“Waldorf education offers an experiential and academically rigorous approach to education that integrates the arts in all academic disciplines to enhance and enrich learning. Waldorf curriculum respects the pace of childhood development, inspires lifelong learning, and encourages children to fully develop their unique capacities. A curriculum that is developmentally appropriate means that it is based on exactly what is happening in the child’s physical and emotional development at that time.” Lylli Anthon, faculty chair of Halton Waldorf school, in Burlington, Ontario

“The main question parents need to ask themselves about the Waldorf curriculum is: What is being taught if it is not math work sheets, early readers book series, or desk work? What is experiential learning like in preschool and kindergarten? For math and reading it looks something like this:

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