Play is the work of childhood. Our homelike environment is carefully prepared for the developmental needs of the young child. Warm, nurturing, inviting and intentionally filled with beautiful, natural elements including pieces of wood, seashells, beeswax for modeling and handcrafted dolls and toys to encourage children to create, imagine and wonder.


Their day breathes with a natural rhythm and nurtures them with folk tales, puppetry and community. 


Taught by Waldorf teachers specifically trained in early childhood education, our programs nurture and protect the young child’s sense of wonder and imagination. They learn how to cut fruit for sharing and roll dough for baking fresh bread, and how to finger-knit with organic plant-dyed yarns, a practice that develops fine motor skills and teaches them how to recognize mathematical patterns.


Schedule:  The Apple Tree, Oak Tree, Daisy and Lilac Kindergartens

Five-day program

These mixed-aged classrooms are made up of fifteen 3-5 year olds. Class meets Monday through Friday. The half day program begins at 8.30 a.m. and ends at 1.00 p.m. The full day program begins at 8.30 a.m. and ends at 3.15 p.m.

Three-day program

Depending on enrollment demand, there are a limited number of three-day spaces, Monday through Wednesday. 


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Featured Events

Events on April 22, 2015
Earth Day Snack and Seeds
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Please join us for a snack and milkweed seed planting to celebrate Earth Day! Coffee and Conversation has been postponed so that we can bring you this special activity to help celebrate Mother Earth. This is a family event, parents and children are encouraged to attend. Snack will be provided, please bring a water bottle.
Events on April 23, 2015
Classroom Observation Morning
8:30 am to 10:30 am
Journey with us through the early childhood classrooms. Cross the threshold into grade school. Observe teachers and students during periods of academic study and discover how The Waldorf School of Philadelphia can transform your idea of education. RSVP
Events on April 24, 2015
Grandparents & Special Friends Day
12:00 am to 12:00 am