Parent/Infant/Child Play Groups

Mountain Laurel Waldorf School, New Paltz, New YorkSunflower Garden Joyful Beginnings Parent/Infant/Child Play Groups meet in a nurturing setting where support and friendship grow out of weekly conversations with other parents and a facilitating teacher, while the babies and toddlers explore their world.

2013 – 2014 Sunflower Garden Parent/Infant/Child program dates and application form (pdf) below

In the first three years, children develop, as if by a miracle, the three fundamental capacities of being human: they walk upright, they learn to talk, and they awaken to their individuality.

Striving to counteract the fast paced mentality of today, our parent-child classes support parents in creating a nurturing, rhythmical environment for their children.

Through quiet observation, parents deepen their own intuitive knowledge and discover new ways of being with and loving their children. Special attention is given to support the unfolding of children’s interests, motor abilities, social interactions, and problem solving skills.

The classes also cover topics such as care and protection of the senses, rhythms and routines, sleep, health and nutrition. Many of the difficult questions which face parents today are explored in a spirit of inquiry and mutual respect. Rather than subscribing to yet another set of parenting rules, parents create a true community of vaues by becoming ever more conscious of their responsibilities.


  • try out new physical skills rolling, crawling, climbing with age-appropriate play equipment and the support of adults
  • meet other children in their stage of development and gain new age appropriate social capacities
  • enjoy a child-friendly environment with simple toys
  • free play
  • share a simple snack


  • share lap games, nursery rhymes, soups and games to play at home
  • discover new tips for care giving such as diapering, dressing, feeding
  • work on long-term hand work projects as pedagogical tools
  • form community with other parents

MLWS Sunflower Garden Program Application Form

Download the application form for the MLWS SUNFLOWER GARDEN PROGRAM (PDF).

MLWS Spring 2014 Joyful Beginnings Parent/Infant/Child Play Group

We are happy to announce the Spring session of our Joyful Beginnings Parent/Infant/Child Play Group beginning on Friday, January 10th. The Play Group meets in a nurturing setting where support and friendship grow out of weekly conversations with other parents under the expert guidance of our revered kindergarten teacher, Elsa Arenas.

The play group meets on Fridays in the Nursery from 9:15 am to 11:15 am.

Please contact the school office for more information at (845) 255-0033.