"Thus the joy of the child in and with the environment must be reckoned among the forces that build and mould the physical organs. Teachers he/she needs with happy look and manner, and above all, with an honest unaffected love. A love which, as it were, streams through the physical environment of the child with warmth may literally be said to 'hatch out' the forms of the physical organs. The child who lives in such an atmosphere of love and warmth and who has around him/her really good examples for imitation, is living in the right element. One should therefore strictly guard against any living being done in the child's presence that he/she must not imitate."

Early Childhood Rudolf Steiner Education

For parents and people working with young children in the vital years. Part-time online.

Join us on-line for this unique live streaming course in Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Education in 2022!

This one year part-time course will offer early childhood educators in all settings an inspiring professional development opportunity to develop new skills and deepen their understanding of Rudolf Steiner education for the ‘vital years’ of early childhood. It is also very suitable for anyone interested in education, personal development and the arts who loves lifelong learning – everyone is welcome!

This online course will be live-streamed, allowing you to engage directly with the Tutor. It will also be recorded for those people in time zones around the world.

Our part-time courses are non-accredited and do not lead to a qualification within the Australian Qualifications Framework but rather offer  a Certificate of Professional Development upon completion.

Subjects you will study in this course.

The program provides participants with a comprehensive overview of child development based upon the picture of human development given by Rudolf Steiner.

In addition the course offers participants inspiration, ideas, tools and practical experience in bringing age appropriate activity to the early childhood setting in which they work and/or parent.

We will explore topics including:

Timetable 2022

Tutors in this course

I began teaching at Glenaeon in 1980. The first 17 years were spent mostly in the Kindergarten and a Steiner preschool, Cherry Tree, as well as some class teacher work. In 1998 a new step began with the writing of the re-accreditation of the Advanced Diploma of Rudolf Steiner Education in Sydney and then taking over as coordinator of the course at Glenaeon School until 2010. During these 12 years I tutored in Kindergarten Studies, Festivals, Fairy Tales and Storytelling as well as Steiner Pedagogy, Life Phases and Biography.

In 2010 I began work as the Lead Writer of the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework. This involved writing the core subjects for Kindergarten to Class 6 and supporting the writing of the Arts, Health and PE and Technologies. Since 2017 I have worked 2 days per week part-time with SEA in the areas of curriculum development and support, promoting Anthroposophical Study, Environmental Education projects, Reconciliation, liaising with Home Schooling families and supporting integration of Berry St Victoria Trauma informed practices.

My work 3 days per week with 12 most wonderful staff at Glenaeon Preschool continues and in 2013 I wrote an alignment booklet for Australian Steiner preschools linking Steiner Pedagogy and the EYLF through mapping documents.

Life and its work is very rich, fruitful and at times challenging in our age but also a privilege at this time in world history.

I obtained a Bachelor of Social work at Melbourne University and worked as a social worker in Child Protection and at the Royal Children’s hospital before completing a Diploma in Primary Education. It was while studying and the working as a primary school teacher I became interested in Steiner education and went on to study part time at Warranwood and to pursue early childhood studies at La Trobe University. My first job in Steiner education was at Silkwood Steiner School on the Gold Coast as Kindergarten Teacher. After several years I moved to Northern NSW and became the Kindergarten teacher at Rainbow Ridge Steiner School. I have been teaching there for the past 17 years. One of my greatest passions is writing and singing and I was employed part time as the music teacher at Rainbow Ridge for 7 years also. I have merged my love of music and Kindergarten teaching by researching music in the mood of the fifth. I have written several books of songs and morning circles for the Kindergarten and run professional development sessions on using pentatonic music and music in the mood of the fifth in early childhood settings I presented workshops at the last Sea National conference and will do so at the next Vital Years

Connie Grawert has been involved in Steiner early childhood education and its anthroposophical framework for many years. She was in the founding group of the Samford Valley Steiner School in Brisbane in 1987, taught grades 1-3 and then kindergarten before retiring from teaching in 2011. Since 2011 she has continued to engage in training, consulting and professional development in Steiner early childhood education in Australia, China and Vietnam.

 She has given courses and seminars for Steiner early childhood teachers and parents, travelling widely in Australia, coordinated and lectured for 6 years in the internationally recognised Steiner kindergarten training in China and is a lifetime member of the Australian Association of Steiner Early Childhood Education (AARSECE). She was on the executive committee of AARSECE and acted as Star Weavings editor for many years. Connie lives in Brisbane, is married with 2 sons and 4 grandchildren aged between 1 and 9. She also has a large stepfamily with grand- and even greatgrandchildren. Spending time with family is one of her greatest pleasures in “retirement”.

I have been a kindergarten teacher all of my adult life. I am entering my 40th year of teaching, taking a only a couple of years off to parent my three children. I have had the good fortune to teach at the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School for 28 years, working across the sector from family play groups, kindergarten and prep.

I love my work, as it embraces a wide breadth of learning and skill set: story telling, parent liaison , festivals, nutrition , gardening , the arts and crafts , environment care and sustainability, to mention a few . There are always new and wonderful things to learn and discover within the curriculum but more importantly with the meeting of new children and their families each year. I have been involved in teacher training  here and in India, and have participated in the  Vital Years conference. I have also previously been in the association supporting early childhood in Victoria and Australia. In my spare time I have three young grandsons to share in my life.  

Cheryl Nekvapil

After qualifying as a physiotherapist specialising in obstetrics and child-development, I taught ‘natural’  birth-preparation classes for women and their partners.  At the same time I was a full-time home-maker with my husband and our 4 children.  In a further development of this phase of life, I went on to work as a kindergarten-prep teacher at Orana Steiner School in Canberra for 5 years, and then for 5 years in whole school governance and administration as the school grew to offer classes kindergarten-prep to year 10. I was ordained as a priest of The Christian Community in 2002 having studied in Stuttgart in Germany, and since then have continued involvement in Steiner Education as:  school chaplain/wellbeing support person; Board member; presenter at teacher conferences; organisational consultant; parent educator; mediator; youth co-ordinator; enthusiast for a wholistic approach to the development of human beings.

Ebba Bodame

I have been a Steiner Early Childhood teacher for 40 years. I founded 2 Steiner Kindergartens in Germany . Here in Australia I worked for 24 years at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School for many years as an Early Childhood coordinator establishing playgroups, and together with a dedicated team setting up the preschool. I have given workshops and talks to parents for many years and I am a tutor of Sydney Rudolf Steiner College Early Childhood Courses . I am the co-author of the book Early Childhood Wisdom. I am also the mother of 3 children and have 5 grandchildren

Meg Quinlisk

Meg leads the Inner West Steiner Playgroup in Sydney. In 2018, she co-authored, with Ebba Bodame, Early Childhood Wisdom: a journey through the playgroup year, a treasured resource of stories, songs and poems for parents and educators to share with young children. After encountering the work of Rudolf Steiner when attending playgroup as a parent, Meg undertook Biographical Studies with Karl-Heinz Finke 2015-2018, and studied doll making with Carla de Jong and Maria Borelli. She has taught craft at Sydney Rudolf Steiner College since 2017. In her free time, Meg works as an architectural historian and museum tour guide. She lives in Sydney’s inner west with her husband and 12-year-old child, and their beloved cocker spaniel Macduff.

Janina Papas

Janina Papas works extensively with schools, parents and children bringing sensory integration activities and exercises to support development and learning. She has graduate qualifications specialising in learning difficulties, and has been a class teacher in a regional Steiner School and continues to consult with schools. She has presented workshops at international and national conferences, and also participates in the Steiner Teacher Education courses at the Seminar.  Janina is a qualified Three Fold Educational Support practitioner and has been working with the Extra Lesson for 20 years. 

Practical information

Every Wednesday evening live streaming online, divided into two sessions. The first is from 7.00-8.00 pm, we then have a short break and begin the second session from 8.15-9.15 pm.

All sessions will be recorded and stored for you to view in the event that you are in a different time zone to Melbourne, or if you cannot attend live streaming for any reason.

This course is given in English.

Cost: $445 per term.

You will need a computer (not a mobile phone) with sufficient internet bandwith and a camera to join in on Zoom.

Enrolment enquiries: Robin in the Seminar Office on 03 9876 5199 or email office@steinerseminar.com

Term dates 2022

Term 1: 16th Feb-30th March

Term 2: 4th May-15th June

Term 3: 20th July-31st August

Term 4: 5th October-16th November

How to apply

Applying online is very quick and easy! Click the button below to go to our rapid registration form, to confirm your place in this course.