Masterclass in Steiner Early Childhood Education - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Masterclass in Steiner Early Childhood Education

Expand your understanding and experience of Steiner's perspective of Early Childhood development

This interactive and engaging course is for educators and those working in early childhood settings, who would like to evolve and expand their practice and pedagogy. Using Rudolf Steiner’s insights on child development, the course offers a unique opportunity for those working with young children to create optimum learning experiences and environments for children from birth to 7 years old, embracing the rich heritage of First Nations wisdom and story along the way.

This is a practical course that includes learning together through discussion and exercises in creating daily programs and supportive environments for nourishing children. It will include singing, storytelling and arts, crafts and movement. All activities support the EYLF.

Each day will typically have a rhythmic process beginning with singing and movement, followed by a presentation of the key ideas, with discussion and practical exercises, where appropriate. The last session of each day will be creative, with crafting, painting, modelling and end with reflection. The aim ultimately is to become more energised, motivated, confident and connected to the inner wisdom that we all have. Participants will also spend time First Nations artist and educator Waiata Telfer with the whole group on Wednesday.

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What you will receive

USC Certificate of Participation worth 28 hours of professional development.

Course leader

Carol Liknaitzky has been involved in education for many years. She has taught at Victoria University and currently runs a part-time course in Victoria. She is an education leader for Ignite Minds family day care centre in Victoria. She co-founded the Inkanyezi Waldorf school and Baobab Community College teacher training centre in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, South Africa during the 1980s.

Carol has spent her life working with children, especially those in deep poverty in South Africa. She has worked in many contexts: for child’s rights, in community development, in schools, (Steiner and mainstream) and in government in South Africa, where she was a pivotal member working to establish the Qualifications Framework for the New South Africa.

Email the course coordinator if you would like more information about our 2021 program.

Understanding the essentials of how young children learn and what supports whole child development in a healthy way.
We will explore and deepen the keys to human development that Rudolf Steiner provided, to help us understand the nature of childhood from birth to seven years. We will discover our own personal orientation to the way we look at children and how we can support them in a meaningful and authentic way. We will seek to understand how we can support the emerging intentions of each child, with a caring heart and respectful guidance. We will engage in case studies to help us go beyond stereotypical judgements.

We will learn from Nature, our ally, how to tell simple imaginative stories to children. To that end each participant is to bring something from nature they feel a connection to. We will have a guided process to ensure everyone learns how to develop stories that nourish and heal. We will create the simplest baby doll, learning how to form the doll in such a way as to help children who might be experiencing loss, disconnection or loneliness.

Music and movement - the way to a child's heart.
Children live in the element of movement in a deep and profound way. Their skills in imitation are derived from their intense observation of everything that moves. All that we do in gesture, speaking, expressing feelings and thoughts, works deeply on the child’s sense of safety, joy and enthusiasm for life and learning. We will explore what kinds of movements, gestures, dances and activities can truly nourish this aspect of their lives.
Music is movement in sound and deeply connected to the human soul and is an essential part of language development of young children. We will consider traditional songs and rhymes, attempt to understand their content and structure and use them as examples that can inform our creative practice. We will mindfully connect with this land and its spirit as part of the foundation of children’s feeling of belonging.

We will learn how to create simple songs, rhymes and movements through a guided and supported experience.

We will make moving pictures to work with our songs and rhymes.

How to provide the foundation of health and resilience through rhythm and rest.
What are the activities and experiences that nurture children and support the nervous system? What doesn’t? What is the difference between rhythm and routine, planning and programming? What is the difference between sensory nourishment and sensory stimulation? What is the difference between directed and non-directed play?

We will brainstorm all the activities that can support children’s learning through play, and design a day in the life of a young child in different settings eg. bushkinder, family daycare, kinder, and prep.

Creating with coloured fleece, and how to bring this experience to children.

It's who you are not so much what you do, that matters to the young child.
Helpful keys to becoming creative and authentic, empathetic and enthusiastic. How do we meet the challenges of a busy stressful life? How do we avoid burnout? How can we uncover what is unresolved in us around our inner child and begin to heal? What gives each of us energy and enthusiasm and how can we create the conditions to allow for these to enter more of our lives? Keys to finding our balance and peace ‘for the sake of the children’. Identifying what are my special qualities and in which areas can I grow, using the planetary qualities as the rainbow of our souls.

Using the illustrative version of the Early Years Learning Framework that is provided, each person will creatively present their particular learning in this course.