30 Hours

Are you reviewing your child’s kindergarten options from September 2017?

Michael Hall School can offer your family an independent nursery/kindergarten provision for 3-6 year olds. You are warmly invited to arrange a relaxed visit to tour the school’s facilities and extensive grounds. We would be delighted to meet you. Please contact us to book a date. We are currently reviewing the possibility of providing 30 hours free childcare per week to eligible working parents via the Government voucher scheme. (See more below.)

Why choose Michael Hall Kindergarten?

The majority of parents choose Michael Hall because they are passionate about their child benefiting from a more outdoor, creative and holistic approach to learning.

At Michael Hall School we offer an Early Years Steiner Waldorf Education.  It’s all about your son or daughter developing a real love and enthusiasm for learning through creative play. Your child will develop their imagination and communication skills, along with the ability to think for themselves.  

Our pupils enjoy the extraordinary care and attention of our Kindergarten staff in a beautiful setting - with as much outdoor class activities as possible every day.  Some of the key characteristics of our approach to education are:

  • taking account of the needs of the whole child – academic, physical, emotional and spiritual
  • basing our teaching on an understanding of the different phases of child development and creating a less pressured environment
  • bringing creative activity to every topic  - we believe the development of the imagination is integral to learning.

Our curriculums are broad, focussing on a three important principles - Rhythm and Repetition, Imitation and Play. Kindergarten activities include:

  • Care for the environment through purposeful activity (e.g. cooking, baking, gardening, and cleaning)
  • Fostering children’s play (unformed, natural toys allowing free-flowing imagination)
  • Ringtime – where seasonal content develops differentiated language, social development, fine and gross motor skills and movement
  • Outdoors - creative play strengthens and nourishes the physical body
  • Snack time – the senses are cared for and nourished and children experience social understanding through eating together
  • Repetitive stories and fairy tales nurture concentration and listening skills
  • Observation of adults engaging in meaningful tasks develops the will.

Read more about the Kindergarten curriculum.

Up to 30 Hours Free Childcare Entitlement

We are considering accepting the Government’s 30 hour vouchers for 3 and 4 year olds from September 2017. (We will update this page - so please bookmark it.) We are probably going to be offering the most comprehensive Early Years provision in the local area. Many other nurseries cannot go beyond the 15 hours per week and cover the extended hours to support working parents (if eligible).

If you are interested in finding out about our 30 hour provision, please register your interest using the form below and we will contact you directly.

Eligibility for 30 Hours Childcare Vouchers

In order to be eligible for the Government’s 30-Hour free childcare there are a few requirements:

  • Parents earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming 3 months
  • The Parent should be seeking free childcare to enable them to work
  • Either parent must have an income of less than £100,000 per year

To read the eligibility in full and for more information about the Government Scheme, please visit their new website: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Why not contact us today to book a visit to Michael Hall School?