The Mixed-Age Early Childhood Program (ages 3-6)

Play is the heart of the Waldorf Early Childhood experience. Through imaginative free play children develop social skills and the capacity for creative thinking and problem solving.  Free play is balanced with more structured activities such as watercolor painting, handwork, seasonal crafts, and movement. Nature walks to Volunteer Park give children the opportunity to follow the changing seasons. 

The BWWS Mixed-Age Early Childhood Program fosters healthy intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth. Each child’s unique developmental path is supported by the relationships they form with their teachers and the other children and parents in the group. The mixed-age setting allows children to develop confidence and social skills through purposeful activities and imaginative play, and the program lays a solid foundation for the academic work awaiting them in grade school.

A typical day may include:

  • Practical activities such as vegetable-chopping, woodworking, flour-grinding, bread-baking, and care of our classroom and outdoor environment, which supports feelings of belonging, responsibility and accomplishment.
  • Creative play both inside and outside, which nurtures the development of a healthy imagination and strong social relationships.
  • Circle-time games, songs, and integrated movement that celebrates our day and season.
  • Daily stories told orally and through puppetry, which introduce a rich vocabulary and build a strong foundation for literacy and sequential thinking.
  • Extensive outdoor time every day and in all elements, including rhythmic walks through our neighborhood park and campus play yard, tree-climbing, jump-roping, building, sculpting, and hands-on sensory play, all ofwhich builds strong bodies and a connection to the natural world.

Our Mixed-Age Early Childhood Program cultivates in children curiosity, creative thinking, self-confidence, compassion, and an enthusiasm for learning.

All children must turn 3 by June 1st. However, children turning 3 during the summer will be considered on an individual basis.  Children who have spent a year in our Parent and Child program will take priority over outside applicants.

3 half days/week or 3 full days/week
Monday – Wednesday.
8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 


8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

5 days half day or 5 full day classes/week class
Monday – Friday.

All children must turn 3 by June 1st.

8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 


8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Extended day care is available from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. for students who attend the full-day program. There is no extended day available for half-day students.



“If young children have been able in their play to give up their whole loving beings to the world around them, they will be able in later life to devote themselves with confidence and power to the service of the world.” Rudolf Steiner