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!

Recent Activities
Country representatives from 32 IASWECE member countries met in Tiv’on, Israel, and in Krakow, Poland during the past year. Activities include the study of burning issues affecting young children today, support for the development of training projects around the world, a new focus on working with the child from birth to three, and plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth to Helmut von Kügelgen next October in Estonia.


New Publication – Lectures from the 2015 “Transitions in Childhood” Conference

A German-English publication of the lectures from the conference that took place from March 30 to April 3, 2015 at the Goetheanum is now available.
The book includes contributions from Clara Aerts, Reinoud Engelsman, Ursula Flatters, Elizabeth Hall, Florian Osswald, Claus-Peter Röh and Susan Weber.  

For information on ordering copies contact info@iaswece.org or info@waldorfearlychildhood.org (for North America).

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