Waldorf through Child friendly spaces offers a secure environment, which fosters a rhythmic daily routine and rituals, in which attachment figures and shelters are provided, it takes time to heal. This often requires great stamina, patience and composer. That is why it is important to always begin with same rituals in child friendly spaces. Below is a routine that is followed in the CFS:
After children have arrived, greet the child if possible by name, a song is then sung together in a circle, a dance, story or such and also the morning verse is recited. The children then know exactly, here we go. This simple method which is implemented opens up a trustful foundation for further work with the children.
We also find a common ritual for the end of the day so that the children clearly know,” it’s over”
After a collective start into the day we divide children into homogeneous age, which is attended by same social workers. This provides a feeling of belonging and establishes a reliable relationship between the individual child and the social worker. Group activities are performed during the session that also involves the seven lively arts to strengthen self –efficacy and self-esteem.
Children are grouped into three groups;
Kindergarten 3-6 YEARS
CFS 1 7-12 YEARS
CFS 2 12-17 YEARS
Practical implementation for children aged 3-6 years.
Children of this age mainly look at the social worker for guidance, receive support and security. The learning principle at this age is that of a role model and imitation