Nourishing Early Childhood

A part-time course for parents and people working with young children.

This course is designed for parents and people working in the Early Childhood sector: playgroups, kindergartens, childcare and early learning centres.

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.

Course content

We will explore topics including:

  • Child development
  • Protecting the senses.
  • The environment and natural world.
  • The development of the imagination.
  • Creative play.
  • The link between movement and learning.
  • Imitation.
  • Rhythm and routine.
  • Parenting, discipline.
  • School readiness.
  • Celebration of festivals.
  • Storytelling.
  • Morning Circle.

In addition to a lecture and discussion we will participate in activities such as:

  • Singing.
  • Painting, drawing and modelling.
  • Creating imaginative environments with natural materials.
  • Puppet making and soft felt toys.
  • Simple musical instruments and wooden toys.
  • Movement activities, games and morning circle songs and verses.
  • Weaving, sewing, paper construction, seasonal and festival activities such as mobiles, lanterns.

Early Childhood Tutors

Course co-ordinator Carol Liknaitzky is a Waldorf educator who has been involved in Adult Education, Training and Early Childhood Development for the past 28 years. She has worked extensively in the US, South Africa and more recently in Australia. She will be joined by specialist guest lecturers from the Australian Association for Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Education over the year.

Information for participants

Format: each evening consists of a lecture/ interactive discussion and an artistic, craft or movement activity.

When: Part-time for one year, each Wednesday evening over four terms in line with school term dates, from 7.00-10.00 p.m.

How to apply

To apply for this course click the button below to fill out an online application

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Further information: tel. +61 3 9876 5199 or

*Note: The part-time ‘Nourishing Childhood Course’ is not an accredited course, and is not eligible for VET Fee Help