About Garden House

The focus of our work is to provide an education that is developmentally appropriate, based on an understanding of the stages of a child’s physical, emotional and intellectual development.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide an education that is developmentally appropriate because it is based on an understanding of the stages of a child’s physical, emotional and intellectual development. We strive to provide a beautiful environment where each child’s imagination is enriched and to give each child a sense of meaning in life.

Our Vision

We look to educate children so that they are confident and eager to enter the world, and so that they carry a sense of social responsibility into the future.

Our Campus

We provide a warm, secure and aesthetically pleasing environment. A soft, warm, pink tone is used for walls and curtains because of its gently active and supportive quality. The rooms are loving, airy and welcoming. We also have a large covered playground with outdoor play equipment, a sandpit, and a garden with pets, herbs and flowers. Our farm, where teachers and children grow vegetables for the school and families to enjoy, is only minutes away.

Garden House Waldorf Pre-school and Kindergarten is recognized by International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE) and awarded as a model kindergarten by China Waldorf Early Childhood Education Forum (CECEF).

Our Story

Following in the footsteps of a family of education professionals Cannie Pang discovered her own passion for education after the birth of her daughters. She longed to find a quality kindergarten with a play-based learning environment for her children. Together with three other like-minded mothers, she co-founded a kindergarten in 1992. This was the beginning of Cannie’s journey.

In 1993, as a young mother and entrepreneur learning on-the-go, Cannie was one of four Education Consultants who pioneered an international kindergarten joint venture with the Guangzhou Tianhe District Education Bureau. This gave her the determination to remain involved in the ever-changing educational sector, and continually strive to expand her knowledge and develop stimulating techniques and curriculums.
By 2002, her daughters were growing up and Cannie had more time to focus on her dream. It had become clear that her calling was in early childhood education. While furthering her interest in this field, she learned about Waldorf education, the fundamentals of which paired perfectly with Cannie’s ideal teaching style. Since then, she has supported teacher-training programs and conferences on Waldorf Education in Hong Kong and around South East Asia.

In 2005, she sought to build a small Waldorf community near her home in Sai Kung, and began searching for an environment best suited for children. A close connection to the natural world, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, was a must. Eventually, she found an ideal location to establish Garden House School, but the landlord was not interested in leasing. It took Cannie three years (literally knocking on the door) to finally convince the landlord. Her persistence finally paid off. In 2008, she set up a kindergarten, using the Waldorf curriculum, at this location in Clearwater Bay. She developed a homelike and secure environment that continues to nurture the development of children’s senses and imagination today.

With the foundations of the kindergarten in place, Cannie’s commitment to Waldorf Education led her to become one of the Regional Coordinators for Greater China on Waldorf Early Childhood Education (2010-2015, 2018-present) and she continues to support Waldorf teacher-training programs. With shared ideas from a multitude of expert educators, Garden House has evolved to benefit children in three ways: head, heart and hands. The kindergarten received much praise, and soon many of the parents began questioning Cannie about starting up a Waldorf primary school so their children could continue their education using the Waldorf method. For Cannie, this idea seemed too good to be true, but with the help of many persistent mums, the charitable organization, Forest House International School Limited, was established within a year. Through many contributions and continual support from passionate parents, teachers and the community, Forest House Waldorf School, a Waldorf Primary School in Hong Kong, was born on 1st February, 2016.

Cannie served as a founder member for this pioneer project, alongside many educators, teachers and parents who helped to turn her dream into a reality.

In 2019, Garden House was recognized by the International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood (IASWECE) and China Waldorf Early Childhood Education Forum as a Model Waldorf Kindergarten.

For nearly three decades, Cannie has been working tirelessly to provide a platform for the wider community in Hong Kong to experience Waldorf Education, thus insuring more children have the opportunity to enjoy a trusting, homelike and natural environment.

Waldorf Education

Waldorf schools, also known as Steiner schools, are schools based on the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian educator and the formulator of anthroposophy. Steiner’s first school opened in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany, for the children of the Waldorf-Astoria Company’s employees. Today there are over 1,100 Waldorf schools and almost 2,000 Waldorf kindergartens in some 80 countries around the globe, making this the world's largest independent and nondenominational school system.

Waldorf movement is making its Centennial an occasion to further develop Waldorf education for contemporary times, and focus more consciously on its global dimensions.

Waldorf World List

Worldwide Expansion of Waldorf Schools and Kindergartens (2019)

Experiences of Waldorf Alumni