Our Story

The kindergarten was registered and open  in 2010, born from the vision  of local parents interested in Waldorf education.The parents started charitable organisation and began fundraising, drafting policies and working together to make their dream come.

Year 2013 mark a significant milestone in the life of the kindergarten, when all the requirements were met  to be recognised by the Steiner Fellowship. This was followed by a successful Ofsted (Office For Standards in Education) inspection where the kindergarten was awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating in all areas. All the effort of the staff and trustees  were rewarded.

Our current kindergarten teacher is Dominika Baran (Level 4 Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies/Early Years Educator and Level 5 Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood/Leadership and Management). Dominika started as an assistant in 2012 having completed 2 years of the 3 year training. She accompanied the former teacher Nereda Olives and completed her training. Dominika interest includes storytelling, handwork and crafts such as weaving, spinning, felting as well as gardening.Dominika is taking maternity leave from November and we are delighted to welcome our new teacher Clare Player.

Clare was introduced to Waldorf life and education when she was 18.After her daughters were born she moved to Australia, travelling up the East Coast visiting  Steiner Schools . They fell in love with the Little Yarra Steiner School Melbourne, Victoria and joined the Mother Toddler Group.  She started the Kindergarten training course in London,  deepened her understanding of the Steiner Waldorf approach. Qualifying as a Steiner kindergarten teacher in 2015.She has been working as a part of a Kindergarten team over the last 5 years at Canterbury Steiner School.

Clare will work alongside  Merlin Aro -Graduate Diploma in Early Years and  currently on her second year of  Steiner Kindergarten training. Merlin interests includes the arts, reading short stories, world cinema and travelling. She enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking and cycling, and she also speak fluent Estonian.

 

Laurel Farm Kindergarten has been awarded level 3 School Gardening Award from Royal horticulture Society