About Waldorf Woodlands Schools
Set on six sprawling acres of forest in Karen lies our Waldorf Woodlands Kindergarten and Primary school. Joining the Waldorf Woodlands family of schools is our new Westlands Kindergarten campus, found in the lush, secure and family-friendly Kyuna Crescent area. Both schools offer a wonderful magical atmosphere and playground for the imagination. Waldorf Woodlands School was established by parents and teachers committed to an education that develops the whole child and honours each stage of their development. Offering one of the most progressive holistic curriculums of our time, and with a teaching faculty with over 115 combined years’ experience in Waldorf education, our school is truly a gem in Nairobi’s education landscape.
In Waldorf there is no one-size-fits-all approach to learning, as the core guiding principle to child education is the deep respect for the individual. We pay special attention to the unique qualities and competencies of each child, working in partnership with parents to support our children in developing their unique potential to the fullest.
Kindergarten: Age 18 months – 6yrs (Westlands & Karen Campuses)
“Play is the work of childhood. When children play they are experiencing the world with their entire being’
Early childhood education in the Waldorf Kindergarten is the bridge between family and school life. The kindergarten classroom is a magical, nurturing environment designed to bring out imagination and instil a curiosity about the world. Our classroom is a sensory haven with calming colours, enticing scents and tactile natural materials.
Our Kindergarten cultivates the imagination of your child by immersing them in creative stories, songs and plays. This inspires and encourages their natural curiosity about the world around them. As children grow, it is this nurtured interest, connection and love that develops positive attitudes to learning. This lays the foundation for success at each level of education and beyond in their adult lives.
Rhythm weaves a thread of continuity throughout the day. The children are guided through interwoven moments of free play and socially interactive games, dance and storytelling, as they explore. They are given the freedom to discover their bodies, nature and express themselves. They also engage in reflective quiet individual activities, such as cooking, watercolour painting, drawing, beeswax modelling, sewing and finger knitting that develop their gross and fine motor skills, cognitive and social skills.
Primary School: Grades 1-7 (Karen Campus only)
“Knowledge has value only insofar as it contributes to the all-round development of the whale nature of man’
Our Primary School at Waldorf Woodlands builds on the foundation laid in Kindergarten. The Primary School focuses on nurturing and strengthening the alignment between Head, Heart and Hand. Waldorf education at this level is an immersive experience. The teachers pay special attention to both the emotional and physical development of the child and the mind is sharpened, through a very rigorous curriculum. Our teachers focus on introducing skills, subjects and concepts at appropriate times, allowing children to thrive at every stage.
Waldorf children are found to be better equipped to solve problems creatively. As such they bring their ideas to life intelligently, with deep compassion for people and environment.
The curriculum focuses on engaging students and creating opportunities for immersive experiences to develop a true understanding of subject matters. Students develop a personal context for the subject matter, allowing them to come to their own conclusions with the freedom to think outside the box. It is this cultivated skill in the art of learning that distinguishes Waldorf education from its contemporaries. Waldorf education seeks to prepare students for life beyond education. By equipping your student with the skills and habits required to meet the challenges and opportunities they will face in the world with optimism, confidence and compassion.
Classes at the Waldorf Woodlands Primary School:
- Languages: English, French, Swahili
- Wood work
- Swimming Sports & Games
- Extra Curricular Activities include: Horse riding, Gymnastics, Ballet, Skating (Westlands only).