Spaceship Sendai Yunta
Niji no Kodomoen
(A regular member of the Japanese Association for Steiner / Waldorf Early Childhood Education (JASWECE) )
Niji no Kodomoen is a small locally-owned and operated kindergarten in a residential area near central Sendai, the capital city of the Miyagi prefecture.
We offer early childhood education based on Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy for human development, which respects the nature of children’s growth.
In our kindergarten, children experience seasonal events and everyday life through making handcrafts and homemade food in a class of mixed ages, enabling each child to develop love and confidence towards the world and others around them.
We aim to provide a warm, homelike childcare in a small group, paying careful attention to all small signs of the children’s development. We believe that through experiences in our kindergarten, children learn the fundamental elements involved in growing up to be healthy, confident and well-balanced adults.
○Age / 3 years old to preschool age
○Class Size / up to 15 children
○Days / Monday to Wednesday (on Thursdays Eurythmy classes are held at the Eurythmy instructor’s venue)
We offer locally grown organic lunch with brown rice and vegetables cooked on the premises (radioactivity not detected under the limit of 5bq measurement). Children need to bring their own lunch on Tuesdays.
A day at our kindergarten
Arrive at kindergarten
Free play / Snacks
“Wet on Wet” Watercolor painting (Tuesday) / Crafts / Seasonal events
Taking part in meal preparation
Circle time / Reigen
Lunch / Clean up / Brushing teeth
Circle time before leaving
Story telling / Puppet play
Entrance ceremony / miso making / family school trip / sour plum making / Tanabata festival / pool activities / Yusuzumi (summer evening breeze) festival / moon viewing festival / Michaelmas / autumn school excursion / harvest festival / Saint Nicholas Day / Christmas / rice-cake making / Setsubun festival / Hinamatsuri festival / graduation ceremony
May - Novemver : The classes take place in the ‘Kenmin no Mori’ forest once a month.
Rainbow Mothering classes – 2015 classes for parents and children
Hikari no Tenshi class
Age: up to 11 months
Once a month, Thursday 10:00-12:00 \2,500/class (booked on a class-to-class basis)
Wakaba no Mebae class
Age: 12 months to 23 months
Twice a month, Friday 14:15-16:15 \4,500/month (monthly course)
Niji no Kobito class
Age: 24 months to 35 months
Twice a month, Friday 10:00-12:00 \4,500/month (monthly course)
Aoi Kotori class
Age: 2-5 years old
Once a month, Thursday 10:00-11:45 \2,500/class (booked on a class-to-class basis)
This class is for the parents and children who are on the waiting list for other classes. The class will be mixed in ages and bookings are necessary with each class.
Class for elementary school students
Michael class (afterschool program)
Class for elementary school students
Twice a month, Friday 17:00-19:00（to be confirmed）
first term \20,000 / 10 classes, second term \20,000 / 10 classes
-Children must have turned the required age for the courses on or before the 1st of April of each year.
-Enrollment fees and annual fees apply to all the kindergarten courses.
enrollment fee: \5,000 (\3,000 for a second child enrollment)
annual fee: \3,000/year (includes insurance, facility fee and air-conditioning fee. \2,000 for a second child enrollment)
-All tuition fees cover course material and snacks. An additional material fee may occasionally be required.
-Parking space is limited. Parking fee is \200-300 per usage.
Representative of Sendai Yunta and Niji no Kodomoen / the principal and the main teacher of Niji no Kodomoen.
1994-2001 Worked as a childcare worker for Sendai city.
2000 Established Sendai Yunta.
2005 Completed the Early Childhood Waldorf Teacher Education training course.
2006 Started Steiner parents and children classes.
2007 Established Niji no Kodomoen.
2011 Launched “Chiisana Tabi Japan”, a voluntary activity of weekend recreation trips for parents and children who were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the accident of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.