3rd Edition

Bringing the Steiner Waldorf Approach to your Early Years Practice

ISBN 9781138840492
Published January 7, 2016 by Routledge
140 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations

USD $24.95

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Book Description

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

Appendix 1

Bibliography and resources

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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