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!
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 was written with the title, “No to Digital Kindergartens!” “Those 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
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. For information on ordering copies contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (for North America).