Welcome to this place of care for your child and the children that are in our lives. We strive to offer nurturing support for all children and families who come here.
Young children are open to every impression that lives in their environment. Their capacity to live deeply into all that surrounds them is at the root of their learning. We call that capacity Imitation. We wish to support you in providing an environment worthy of imitation, where children can play imaginatively and creatively in ways that nurture their senses and awaken their fantasy, which in later years translates into capacities thinking and the foundation of a lively intellectual life.
Just as the child lives in a rhythmical life of waking and sleeping, a regular rhythm for daily and weekly activities supports their feelings of security and the beginnings of memory. . Rhythm and regular routine bring children a sense of joyful security that we consider essential to their healthy development. This web site and the links and affiliates we offer, will hopefully give you ideas and inspirations to support and deepen your understanding of the possibilities in the journey with children.
The goal of LifeWays Childcare Centre is to nurture the child, support the family, and inspire community life so our children may be given foundations to grow into caring, creative and intelligent additions to their families, their communities and to our world.
We will provide childcare, parent, and caregiver education programs that give nurturing support, developmentally appropriate experiences and educational opportunities for all involved with Steiner/Waldorf based trainings and guidelines of care. The focus of Steiner/Waldorf education is to meet the growing needs of the child’s physical, mental and soul life so they can become a caring, creative and intelligent addition to their futures. For the children, attention will be directed to the care of the senses, development of the body and mind and nurturing of a healthy social life in a home-like environment.
Essentially, care in a LifeWays environment is based in human interaction which promotes healthy sensory integration and the encouragement of natural development phases. As such no artificial stimuli or electronic/mechanical devices are used to entertain the children, and instead the day is arranged around a supportive rhythm in a homelike surrounding as children are involved in a variety of practical activities such as gardening, baking, housekeeping, meal times, storytelling and play which are designed to stimulate the senses and encourage healthy physical development thus laying the appropriate foundations for pre-academic skills and later learning. As such there is evident demand for care consistent with the Waldorf/LifeWays philosophies for all age groups, from within the Waldorf community as well as the broader community.