General information/About kindergarten
Structure and contacts:
Address: K. Baršausko g. 84, 51441 Kaunas, Lithuania
Phone: +370 37 451 426
Type of institution – preschool school.
The legal form of the institution – the local authority budget.
Institution's legal code – 191641814
Learning language – Lithuanian.
Location in the map: https://goo.gl/maps/rr5rWdU73aR2
5 groups: 1 nursery group for 1 to 2/3 years old children and 4 groups for 2/3 to 6/7 years old children.
Total number: 82 children.
Staff: 10 pre-school teachers, art and music teachers, speech therapist, psychologist and other specialists.
Opening hours: from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (10.5 and 12 hours groups) 5 days a week.
Director – Audra Liaudanskiene
• 1996 – The first Waldorf kindergarten group;
• 1999 – membership in International Association for Steiner / Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE);
• 2002 – a non-governmental organization – Parents’ society to support Waldorf education was established
• 2013 – membership in Lithuanian Association for Waldorf Childhood Education Initiatives (LVVPIA);
• Organizers of the International Waldorf Teacher Workshops (2005-2007, 2010-2012 and 2015-2018);
Participation in Erasmus + projects: KA2 Associated partners in Health EDU (2016-2018) and KA1 project “The Path of Creativity Development: From Educators towards Children“(2018-2019)
• Works for all children irrespective of academic ability, class, ethnicity or religion;
• Takes account of the needs of the whole child – academic, physical, emotional and spiritual;
• Is based on an understanding of the relevance of the different phases of child development;
• Develops a love of learning and an enthusiasm for school;
• Sees artistic activity and the development of the imagination as integral to learning;
• Is tried and tested and is part of state funded, mainstream provision in most European countries;
• Is respected worldwide for its ability to produce very able young people who have a strong sense of self and diverse capacities that enable them to become socially and economically responsible citizens.
MAIN PRINCIPLES AND REGULATIONS:
• Natural development of the child based on example and imitation;
• Deep and comprehensive knowledge of the child;
• Free playing is a serious activity for children;
• Coherence in education in the family and in the kindergarten;
• Safe, environmentally friendly and similar to home environment.
The founder of Waldorf education is Rudolf Steiner (1861 - 1925). The first Waldorf School was opened in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany.
According to Rudolf Steiner, the heart of Waldorf method is that education is an art – it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child; his heart and will must be reached as well as his mind.
"Receive the children in reverence, educate them in love, and send them forth in freedom." Rudolf Steiner