A Day at the Cottage


The provision of a rich variety of natural play materials is characteristic of a Rudolf Steiner Kindergarten. These are carefully chosen in order to foster and develop imaginative and creative play of the finest quality. 

The teacher’s art of storytelling strengthens the child’s picture thinking and is an important and deeply nourishing part of the daily rhythm. This sometimes includes music and puppetry.

We are committed to a culturally responsive curriculum including Te Reo me nga tikanga Maori which is woven throughout our daily routines, storytelling, waiata, karaki and morning circle verses.

We recognise the healthy child development unfolds most fully in the context of a community. We strive to work closely with parents and whanau to enrich connection, collaboration and relationships between home life and our centre.

The kindergarten is part of a fast growing worldwide education movement.  
Raphael House Rudolf Steiner School in Lower Hutt is our sponsor, within the New Zealand Federation of Rudolf Steiner Waldorf Schools.

Our daily rhythm

8:00 am 

Children arrive and settle into free play

(Outside in Summer and Spring, inside in Autumn and Winter)

9:00 - 9:30 am

Fruit time for those who would like some


Morning circle/story


Morning tea, cooked by the teachers at the centre

(Current menu is apple crumble, rice with seeds, polenta, banana loaf and buns) 

All are dairy free and can be made gluten free if required.


Free play and nappies/ toileting

(Inside in Summer and Spring, outside in Autumn and Winter)


Farewell for morning children/ lunchtime for children who stay the day


1:00pm – 2:00pm

Rest time


2:30pm – 3:30pm

Free play and nappies/ toileting



Late snack for those who would like some



End of day.