Jo Pearce (BA Hons) has led ‘Bluebells’ Parent and Child Group since 2012. She is a qualified Holistic Baby and Child Care (EYE) practitioner (http://www.emerson.org.uk/holistic-baby-and-child-care) and her three children have attended the London Steiner School since her eldest was a baby in 2002. Jo is a qualified Massage Therapist and Reflexologist (ITEC).
At ‘Bluebells’ we offer a warm, friendly and safe space for parents/carers and children age 0-3 and 1/2 years, encouraging self-initiated movement and self-directed play with natural material toys. We celebrate the season through handcrafts, circle time songs and puppet shows. The morning is propelled by a gentle rhythm and transitions are nurtured with repetition and reverence. Parenting issues are welcomed and shared with an understanding of Steiner and Pikler respectful care.
In recent years early childhood education and care has been increasingly seen as vitally important in both a political and social context across the globe. In many respects we have come a long way since the pioneering work of Rachel and Margaret McMillan in Deptford nearly a century ago. This is to be sincerely welcomed, and the Steiner Waldorf movement in the UK commends the Westminster government’s achievements in the last decade in increasing the profile accorded to early education within the policy agenda and the corresponding growth in the allocation of resources to the wellbeing of the young child.
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. When parents choose to use early years services they want to know that provision will keep their children safe and help them to thrive. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the framework that provides that assurance.
You may not have heard her name, but the genius of Dr Emmi Pikler (1902–1984) and ongoing exemplary childcare at the Pikler Institute in Budapest, Hungary is finally beginning to gain attention in the UK having been used extensively across Europe.
The Pikler approach is based on a kind and respectful relationship between an adult and infant, through tender care moments, a naturally paced motor development, free movement and uninterrupted play.
To find out more or book, please fill out the form below or contact Jo Pearce at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhythm of the Day
Welcome and Tea (10:00 am)
Time to hang coats and bags on pegs, shoes in cubby holes and slippers on. A warm welcome with a cup of herbal tea.
Morning Song (10:05 am)
A greeting for the day. Like a refreshing big sigh – we have arrived and are together again.
Observation and free play time (10:10 am)
Connect with the children through quiet ‘holding’ of space and valuable time to ‘see’ the children.
Occasional festival crafts celebrating the seasonal rhythm or bread making, whilst the children join us, draw or explore in play.
Tidying Time (11:05 am)
Marked by the same song, the parents tend to the room and the older ones often like to help.
Snack Time (11:10 am)
Gentle rituals with familiar songs for snack time, lighting the candle, blessing the meal – together around the table. Wholesome snack with rice and oat cakes, raisins and apple.
Circle Time (11:40 am)
Invitation to ‘all join in to our small ring’ to sing seasonal songs. Puppet show. Farewell with ‘Goodbye Now’ song.
School starts Tuesday 7th January 2020
|Week commencing||Monday (Indoor)||Tuesday (Rookery/Streatham Common)||Thursday (Tooting Common)||Friday (Indoor)|
|6th Jan||Not available||Yes - trial date||Yes - trial date||Yes - trial date|
|*13th Jan||Yes - trial date||Yes - trial date||Yes - trial date||Yes - trial date|
|20th Jan||Yes - trial date||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|10th Feb||Yes||Yes||Yes||Not available - Inset Day|
|30th Mar||Yes||Yes||Not available - Festival of Work||Yes|
Back Tuesday 28th April 2020
Mondays 11 sessions. Total £82.50. Trial dates January 13th and 20th only £8 per session, thereafter pay for a full term.
Tuesdays Attend 10 out of 12 sessions within same term. Total £65. Top up £6.50 per session if you attend more than 10. Trial dates January 7th and 14th only £7 per session, thereafter pay for a full term.
Thursdays Attend 9 out of 11 within same term. Total £58.50. Top up £6.50 per session if you attend more than 9. Trial dates January 9th and 16th only £7 per session, thereafter pay for a full term.
Friday 11 sessions. Total £82.50. Trial dates January 10th and 17th only £8 per session, thereafter pay for a full term.
Once your place is confirmed by Jo, a payment to:
A/C Sort Code: 40-06-32
A/C Number: 21276751
A/C Name: London Steiner School. No refunds once booked for term.
Half Term: Friday 14th – 21st February 2020 (inclusive)
Parking for Indoor Groups: Pay and display parking on Cavendish Road for up to 4 hours. Permit parking only on Weir Road between 10-12pm.
Tuesdays at The Rookery
Thursdays at Tooting Common