Masterclass in Steiner Early Childhood Education

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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 Masterclass course is perfect for anyone working in early childhood who wants to expand their knowledge with Steiner perspectives on childhood development.

Focussing on practical outcomes, the short course includes group learning through discussion and exercises in designing daily programs and creating supportive environments. It will include singing, storytelling and arts, crafts and movement. All activities support the Early Years Learning Framework.

In this program you will:

  • Design daily programs that support creative environments
  • Participate in practical exercises
  • Discuss key ideas around Steiner’s philosophy on early learning
  • Become energised, motivated and confident
  • Reflect on your experience and new insights gained during the course.

Download the Masterclass in Steiner Early Childhood Education (PDF 146KB)

What you will receive

USC Certificate of Participation worth 25 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.

We will explore the keys that Rudolf Steiner provided to help us understand the nature of childhood from birth to seven years, helping us to better understand how we can support children in a meaningful way. We will engage in case studies to help us go beyond stereotypical judgements. Using nature, we will learn how to tell imaginative stories to children. We ask each participant to bring something from nature they feel connected to. We will have a guided process to ensure everyone learns how to develop stories that nourish and heal. We will create the simplest babydoll, learning how to form the doll in such a way as to help children who might be experiencing loss, disconnection or loneliness.

Music is movement in sound, deeply connected to the human soul and is an essential part of language development of young children. We will explore what kinds of movements, gestures, dances and activities can truly nourish this aspect of their lives. 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 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.

Learn about the activities and experiences that nurture children. 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 such as bush kinder, family day care, kinder, and prep. We will paint in water colours and learn how to bring this experience to children.

On day four we will work on Inner Child exercises using Lucia Capacchione’s Recovery of Your Inner Child. We will play with the planetary qualities in clay to learn how best to handle a busy, stressful life to avoid burnout. For the sake of the children, we need to find balance within ourselves.

We will work with an illustrative version of the EYLF and give meaning and imagination to the language of the framework. We will compare the Steiner Early Childhood curriculum with the EYLF and identify if there are any differences and also discuss how creative and free we can be within the framework.

Each person will prepare short presentations, using any creative means, that illustrate an aspect of this course, with visuals, examples, practical applications and how it connects to the EYLF. An artistic evaluation and feedback session will be completed to conclude the series.

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