Feedback from parents and caregivers & quotes from publications
"Our highest endeavour must be to develop free human beings, who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives."
The Steiner early childhood teacher nurtures the children's power of imagination particular to the age.
"Steiner teaches respect, reverence and wonder for nature"
"Because my child's imagination is nurtured, she is growing in the fullest sense."
"A sense of peace. I love the garden. Such a peaceful space in the city."
"Matariki kindergarten gives my child the opportunity to imagine"
"I love how celebrating the seasons and festivals connects with the rhythms of the year."
"Nurture their senses and protect the wonder of childhood."
"My daughter is given the opportunity to learn in a calm and home-like environment."
"There must be a place for play, a 'sacred space' (no matter how small). And time."
- Singer and Singer
"Such a wonderful and natural environment for my children to learn and grow."
"I had to learn that what my child needed was just to play. I had to 'unlearn' that my child needed busy activity."
"I love the routine, with the children making the bread buns, right through to washing their dishes. They see the whole process."
"Matariki kindergarten provides a strong sense of family/whanau and community."
"My child eagerly counts down the days until the winter festival."
Beautiful gardens, lovely toys, delish food and the most caring, gentle teachers.
"The feeling of community that the kindy has, has been a great support for us as parents."
"Where is the life we have lost in living, where is the is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge, where is the knowledge we have lost in information?."
- T.S. Eliot
"Just as sunlight provides the body with nourishment, high-quality play in childhood is nature's vitamin for our whole sense of well-being."
- Sally Jenkinson
"The childs' preoccupation with fantasy and imagination is vital to development."
- Joseph Chilton Pearce
"My son loves going to kindy every morning, and then coming home and telling me all about his adventures."
"Play...is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in the child's soul."
- Friederich Froebel