Early Childhood: Prep | Birali Steiner School Beachmere
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2024 - Prep, Class 1 - 3 & 6 - 10
2025 - Prep, Class 1 - 4 & 7 - 10

Prep Information Session

Thursday 16th of May at 6pm – 7pm

With limited places available for Prep in 2025, we invite you to hear how Steiner education at Birali can benefit your child through Birali’s holistic education approach focused on Head, Heart and Hands.

The evening will be a chance to view our beautiful class room, and learn more about Steiner Education and our Prep program. Hosted by our experienced Steiner Early Childhood Educator Becci, who will speak and answer any questions about the early years here at Birali Steiner School.

Making decisions about your child’s future education can be overwhelming – Birali educators look forward to sharing with you why Birali Steiner School is the wise choice to make! 

We kindly ask that this is a child free evening to allow for more open conversations.

Phone (07) 5429 0511 to book your place as numbers are limited.

Please note this is a parent information evening and as such is not a child-friendly event. However, infants are welcome.

Early Childhood: Prep

A warm and loving home-like environment with a kitchen is created that nurtures a slow and gentle unfolding of the young child. The Preschool is the beginning of your child’s school journey and plays an important role in the development of the will, imagination and confidence.  

In the early childhood context, adults model wholesome and purposeful work, while the children play freely around them. The early childhood educators are conscious to undertake activities that are worthy of imitation as children learn best by imitation and example.

How We Learn

The Pippi Room is filled with ‘open ended’ materials (irregularly shaped wood, cloths, shells etc.) that offer many possibilities, rather than a single fixed idea, with the goal of developing the imagination of each child. For example, a block of wood is a boat one day and becomes an animal the next.

The daily rhythm is designed to allow a balance between freedom (self-directed free play) and routine (sharing morning tea). The daily activities include gardening, baking, drawing, painting, handcrafts, storytelling, seasonal festivals/celebrations, verses/songs, movement, and morning circle. Each day the children are told a story, which fosters deep values. 

Self-directed free play is the heart of the early childhood program and it is viewed as not only a child’s real work in life, but also the foundation of creativity. For the young child, play is a way of understanding the world and is vital for healthy emotional and intellectual development. The inner forces of imagination, cognition, problem solving and flexibility, which are developed during play, become the capacities for life-long learning.

To support each new class of Prep students transition to schooling at Birali, the first two weeks of Term 1 has reduced attendance. Please refer to the parent handbook for more information.

Nature Play Day

Each week the Prep children spend one day either in the bush land on our beautiful school site or at the local beach in Beachmere allowing them time to freely explore the natural world through their senses. Research has found that nature play significantly improves all aspects of child development – physical, cognitive, social and emotional. Playing in nature supports the development of resilience, self-confidence, initiative, creativity and collaboration.