- As your child enters kindergarten, we know that you probably have a lot of questions.
We want to make sure that you are making an informed choice for your child. Therefore, we have come up with a list of the most frequently asked questions about the Kindergarten program.
1) When do I enroll my child in the kindergarten program?
Admission process for June 2020 starts with the distribution of application form on the 7th of September 2019.
2) Can you describe the admission process?
To view the entire process click on the link below:-
Admission Process 2020-2021.
3) When can I schedule a visit?
Garden campus on Trichy Road is open to visitors between 2.00 and 3.00 pm Monday through Friday. We request you to seek prior appointment by calling the front desk 7 33 9311 211.
4) On what basis do you select or reject application?
Few considerations for admission are as follows:-
- (a) Understanding and alignment of school’s Philosophy. (b) Assessment and Observation of the child.
(c) Gender Composition.
(d) Long term engagement with the school.
(e) Ability to engage meaningfully and actively with the Yellow train community.
5) What time does the school start and end?
- For PKG, Working hours – 9.15 a.m to 12.30 p.m
- For LKG & UKG, Working hours – 9.15 a.m to 2.00 p.m
6) How many children are in a group?
We maintain a healthy 1 Teacher along with a support teacher for a group of 25 children. It is a vertical kindergarten with PKG, LKG and UKG together in one environment.
7) What does the kindergarten program offer?
Waldorf Education is unparalleled in its ability to preserve and nourish the life forces of childhood.Our Kindergarten program is inspired by Waldorf Education and the work of Rudolf Steiner.
Rudolf Steiner believed that the future of each individual child depends on health giving experiences in the first seven years of life.
In the light of this understanding, we believe that an atmosphere of loving warmth and guidance promotes joy, wonder and reverence and supports the healthy development of the child. Our kindergarten at Yellow Train is created on this basic premise.
8) Will my child learn to read/write in the kindergarten?
According to Waldorf pedagogy, cognitive and abstract work such as reading and writing at a very early age hinders the healthy development of the child. Therefore, Children in the kindergarten will not be exposed to reading and writing.
9) When will my child begin Reading and writing?
Our children in Grade 1 eagerly wait to read and write. What children in main stream schools labor with (the introductory task of reading and writing) in early childhood, Children all over the world in Waldorf schools are able to master in their first year of school.
10) Are children in the kindergarten automatically moved to Grade 1 after their kindergarten years?
No, at the end of the Kindergarten years the child would be assessed for Grade readiness. Age of the child, the grade readiness test and the being of the child would be considered to move them to Grade 1.
11) When will my child meet his first assessment?
Children will be assessed from Grade 1 onwards.
Assessments are designed to have a realistic understanding of where one stands with respect to many areas and is a very helpful tool in measuring the progress. Our reviews include not only the cognitive element, but also all the other areas of development such as music, handwork etc.
Children go through regular assessments without preparation and without the stress of examination all through the year.
12) How can parents participate in the program?
Parents play an integral part in the development of the child and hence are expected to attend the workshops and meetings with the teachers and program coordinators to understand Waldorf way of parenting.
It is important that there is a synchronizing of thoughts and actions between the school and the parents for the healthy blossoming of the child.
13) Do we have formal parent/teacher meetings? What is the frequency?
Yes, Parent- Teacher interactions are important and we have one PTI every Term through the school year where we present the development of the child.
14) How does snack and lunch work?
Snack – We have one snack break. Parents to send snacks everyday according to the snack schedule except on cooking days which will be shared prior.
Lunch break – is from 12.30 to 1.00 pm. Community lunch is a special aspect of the kindergarten where the children get to taste love and warmth of each family. Each family cooks for the entire class once every month. The roaster would be shared prior.
15) What is the background of the Teachers in the Kindergarten and how are they trained?
We look for teachers who have a deep love for children and who are passionate about the cause of renewal and change in education. Our teachers come from eclectic backgrounds and share our passion for progressive education.
We have a team that comprises of artists, doctors, engineers, dentists, architects and various other professionals who have all relinquished their careers after having discovered their calling for this path of being a teacher.
The school therefore has an extremely robust and intense Teacher Development program that allows for a real understanding of what it means to be a teacher and alongside develop skills that are essential.
The school has a unique ongoing intensive development program for teachers through the school year that ensures that teachers are on journey of growth.
As a Waldorf School our teachers are a part of the developmental work through the year with visiting mentors and us traveling for various seminars around the world.