Welcome to the International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE)! 

Waldorf early childhood education, also known as Steiner early years education, is devoted to the education and care of the young child from birth to school entrance.

Waldorf early childhood educators seek to nurture the development of each child’s unique capacities by offering warm, homelike environments with opportunities for imaginative play, meaningful purposeful work, and experiences in the arts, in nature and in community. There are nearly 2000 Waldorf kindergartens, home programs, child care centers, and pre-schools in more than 70 countries throughout the world.

We hope that our website will provide helpful information and answers to your questions about Waldorf early childhood education around the world and about our association. Thank you for visiting our site!

News and Current Activities


A Call to Action: NO to Digital Kindergartens! On Saturday, November 19th, 2016, the Association of Waldorf Kindergartens in Germany hosted a symposium on the theme “The Right to Childhood – We are responsible!” at the Congress Center in Hannover. The event was attended by 600 participants and included lectures by Dr. Michaela Gloeckler, Johannes Stuettgen and Manfred Spitzer. Immediately following the symposium, a call to action and a petition were written with the title, “No to Digital Kindergartens!” 

The more than 55,000 people who have signed this petition are concerned about the healthy development of future generations.They want to actively support constructive educational investments in kindergartens, child care programs and pre-schools and intend to develop a network to move forward quickly and convincingly with this initiative. What is the initiative about? 

Read more.

Sign the petition. Read the petition in French, Russian, Spanish

Conferences on the Importance of Sleep – An Invitation to Collaborate
We all need sleep to regenerate and connect to our dream life, and for the little child sleep is essential for healthy development, especially of the physical body. The child needs sleep to grow. However, sleep disturbances are growing worldwide, both for children and the adults who care for them. 
In order to help foster awareness about this subject, we are inviting people from all over the world to work with us on this theme and host conferences on the theme of sleep in 2017/2018. To see what is planned so far, go to our Conferences page under News and Events. 


transitions-coverNew Publication – Lectures from the“Transitions in Childhood” Conference

A German-English publication of the lectures from the 2015 Transitions Conference that took place at the Goetheanum in 2015 is now available. For information on ordering copies contact info@iaswece.org or info@waldorfearlychildhood.org (for North America).

The book includes contributions from Clara Aerts, Reinoud Engelsman, Ursula Flatters, Elizabeth Hall, Florian Osswald, Claus-Peter Röh and Susan Weber.