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

Celebrating 100 Years of Waldorf Education

1,100 schools and 1,700 kindergartens practice Steiner/Waldorf educational principles in over 80 countries on all continents of the earth. One hundred years after the first Waldorf school opened, the movement has become a world-wide force for educating young people by promoting individual freedom, equality and brotherhood/sisterhood, and the peaceful coexistence of humanity as the starting point and objective of all pedagogical activity. Waldorf 100 aspires to further develop the cooperation and effectiveness of Waldorf education in a global exchange throughout the entire world – and with you!

As a genuine grass-roots movement, Waldorf education always lives from the specific initiatives of specific people. We are planning our Centennial as a festival in which every school can contribute locally, by region, by continent, or world-wide. What that means specifically depends on your ideas.Would you perhaps like to make your own indoor or outdoor surroundings more beautiful?  Invite the parents to a family festival in your kindergarten? Host a public event?  Take on an environmental project? Establish a partnership with a kindergarten or child care in another part of the world or one next door? We warmly welcome all ideas!

The IASWECE suggests three larger themes: Loving deeds for nature and the earthSocial actionCourage for the future.- You can download the flyer with the suggestions in Englishin Germanin Spanish.


Read our recent Newsletter (December 2017)
A major article in this issue considers the side effect of our digital media culture: “What happens to a child’s developing capacity to consciously direct his or her attention, when the attention of adults and older students is divided, distracted, or even deficient?” Other articles are describing aspects and recent developments of Waldorf education in Iran, Madagascar and Spain and present ideas for the World Early Childhood Conference in 2019. (Read the Newsletter)


Regional Conferences on the Meaning of Sleep
In Germany, Denmark, Israel, Great Britain, Spain, Switzerland and the USA conferences on the theme of sleep, organized by Waldorf early childhood educators, have been taking place. At least one additional sleep conference is also scheduled (further information). The meaning of sleep for heathy child development and for wellbeing and creativity in adulthood is a theme, which is widely discussed today in the media and discussion forums. Even the research of the 2017 Nobel Prize winners in the field of medicine is on sleep! Click here for our selection of articles and research reports. You may also send us suggestions for additions. (info@iaswece.org)



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.