2024-2025 Nursery Eligibility: June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2022


Tucson Waldorf School’s play-based Nursery program provides an environment in which the young child is surrounded by warmth, tenderness, and love. The daily experiences and home-like setting are nurturing, unhurried and predictable, offering your child a sense of security. Each day provides a dependable structure with creative indoor and outdoor playtime, painting, drawing,¬†beeswax modeling, baking and cooking, nature activities and garden play, circle time, wholesome and nutritious snack, storytelling and puppetry time. The child’s need for both movement and rest determines the arrangement of daily events and activities.

Patience and attentive support are provided during transitions such as hand washing, taking shoes off or putting them on, and preparing to go outdoors. Loving attention is given to each child’s development in order to nurture their sense of well-being and to support eventual independence. Our early childhood classes and are led by experienced and dedicated Waldorf-trained teachers with the support of an assistant. Three and five-day options are available, with three options for pick-up (half day, early afternoon, or extended day).

Morning Rhythm

  • 8:30 Arrival, Inside activities: child-directed play, teacher-led activities including crafts, painting, drawing, modeling and baking. Outside activities include: child directed play and seasonal gardening, walks, wood work, movement games and more
  • 9:45 Clean Up
  • 10:00 Circle Time: a seasonally based teacher led activity including: rhythmic movement, singing, circle games, fine and gross motor challenges
  • 10:25¬†Handwashing
  • 10:30 Snack (provided): whole organic grains always served with fruits or vegetables
  • 10:45 Bathroom, hand and face washing, put shoes/hats on
  • 11:00 Outside play including: child-directed play and seasonal gardening, walks, woodwork, games and more
  • 12:00 Transition to classroom for lunch (provided)
  • 12:25 Clean up and transition for dismissal
  • 12:30 Early Afternoon Dismissal


Afternoon Rhythm

  • 12:30 Transition for those staying after early dismissal for rest
  • 12:30-2:00 Rest (no pick up allowed)
  • 2:10 Transition for Outside Play
  • 2:15 Outside Play
  • 3:30 Afternoon pick-up time
  • 3:30-4:00 Snack and play
  • 5:30 Final Pick up time