Early Childhood

In Early Childhood, PWS provides an inspiring environment

both inside our cozy classrooms and outdoors by our field, streams, playgrounds, and magical Walnut Hill playspace and garden. The young child is held in reverence by loving teachers and parents and allowed to explore the beauty that surrounds them, planting the seeds of imagination, creativity, and confidence.

WebPortland Waldorf School is a proud member of WECAN.


For families looking for a gentle transition into school, we invite you to enroll in our new nursery program, serving two year olds. This sweet, small class will have a maximum of 8 children with 2 loving teachers. It is intended to be a slow transition for children who have not yet been in an independent program.

Morning program, serving children 2 years old


Wednesday – Friday

8:30 am – 11:30 am


Our preschool program offers children a simple daily rhythm as the teachers weave simple songs, movement games, and stories with indoor and outdoor free play. The simplicity of our beautiful classrooms allows teachers to guide children through the gentle rhythms of each day in a joyful and predictable manner. Our playful curriculum supports the development of hand-eye coordination, attention span, awareness of patterns and sequencing, and appreciation for the beauty of language.

Morning or full day program, serving children 2.5 – 4.5 years old


Monday –Tuesday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm
8:30 am – 3:00 pm


Wednesday – Friday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm
8:30 am – 3:00 pm


Monday – Friday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm
8:30 am – 3:00 pm



Our mixed-age kindergarten program offers young children ages 4-6 daily opportunities for dynamic, self-initiated free play with ample time and space provided for both indoor and outdoor activities. Artistic and domestic activities such as watercolor painting, natural crafts, baking and seasonal cooking nourish and delight the senses. With a deep understanding of child development, our teachers take great care to inspire natural learning in a relaxed and peaceful setting. Through structured and unstructured activity, the development of hand-eye coordination, attention span, awareness of patterns, and appreciation for the beauty of language foster the child’s natural capacities for literacy, numeracy, and imaginative spatial and scientific thinking. A mixed-age environment fosters social learning, as the younger children are inspired to grow and stretch themselves to meet their older friends, and the older children find themselves acting as guides and caretakers for the littler ones. The combination of a nurturing environment, predictable rhythm, and mindful teaching support each child in building their solid foundation for future academic success, an intact sense of wonder, and a lifelong love of learning.

Morning or full day program, serving children 4 – 6 years old


Monday – Friday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm
8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Extended Day

The Extended Day provides a weekly rhythm of opportunities for resting, creative play, nourishment, and active play for children in the Early Childhood program. After a busy morning of work and play, the children are provided with a quiet space in which to rest, have a snack, play, and work on seasonal crafts—both inside and outside.

Monday – Friday*

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

*on most days school is in session

Deep Creative Play, the Work of the Young Child

Something special happens for children when they have time to really play. Parents and caregivers have an important role in supporting the work of the children in their lives and often it is as uncomplicated as getting out of their way. In Waldorf early childhood...

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Connections in Early Childhood

The children are not in our presence, but we are carrying them and their families in our hearts. It is a time to stick closely together. To encourage one another and offer support. Waldorf Education is about connectedness and simplicity. Life is our curriculum....

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A Day in the Life of the Sunflower Nursery

One step in the Sunflower Nursery and your senses will be delighted. The smell of rising bread dough, the bright rays of sunlight peeking in through windows and the warm smiles from the teachers ready to greet you each day. This gentle step from home to school is just...

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