Have you ever wondered what the Steiner approach is all about, where it comes from and how it can be used to benefit the young children in your setting?
Bringing the Steiner Waldorf Approach to your Early Years Setting is an excellent introduction to this philosophy. Janni Nicol clearly explains the history of Steiner Waldorf education, the role of play in learning and the key themes of rhythm, repetition and reverence with ideas for activities and resources. Practical examples throughout the book involving children of different ages in a wide variety of settings allow readers to see the connection between theory and practice.
This new edition has been fully updated to include:
- Clear comparisons between Steiner practice and the revised Early Years Foundations Stage (EYFS) requirements
- A section on the growth of international Steiner settings
- Information on celebrating festivals and outdoor environments
This convenient guide will help Early Years practitioners, students and parents to really understand what the Steiner Waldorf approach can bring to their practice and children.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Education
Chapter 2: A brief history of Steiner Waldorf Education
Chapter 3: Steiner Waldorf Early Years
Chapter 4: Play: the serious work of childhood.
Chapter 5: The Kindergarten environment
Chapter 6: Rhythm, Repetition and Reverence
Chapter 7: The Celebration of the Festivals
Chapter 8: Storytelling and Puppetry
Chapter 9: Working within the Early Years Foundation Stage
Chapter 10: Observation, Assessment and Planning
Chapter 11: Working with Parents and the first three years
Chapter 12: Other Subjects
Bibliography and resources
Janni Nicol has worked as a Steiner kindergarten teacher in South Africa and Cambridge, UK. She is now the UK early childhood representative for Steiner Waldorf schools and kindergartens, and writes, consults and lectures on Steiner early childhood in the UK and internationally.
"An interesting and well written book that will help practitioners adopt the principles they want to use from the overall philosophy." - Sarah Brew, Parents in Touch