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 health, 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 approximately 2000 Waldorf kindergartens, home programs, child care centers, and pre-schools in more than sixty 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!












International Conference on "Transitions in Childhood," March/ April 2015

This international conference is an invitation to all early childhood educators, child care providers, kindergarten teachers, class teachers, special subject teachers , extended care providers, day care mothers and midwives to consider a larger span of childhood and together to develop greater mutual understanding and new approaches.

The conference will take place from March 30 to April 3, 2015, at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland and is organized by IASWECE and the Pedagogical Section.

List of study material

Recommended readings: excerpts and summaries

Discussion Groups and Artistic Workshops

Working Groups


Request for Financial Support

Accomodations. (hotels, youth hostel and camp grounds). You can also book a classroom accomodation for 70 CHF/week through the regsitration form below.

Registration form



The IASWECE Newsletter - the most recent issue from November 2014

Click on the image to download the latest issue of our newsletter.  

Previous Issues:

 May 2014

 March 2014

 December 2013

 October 2013 

 July 2013 

 April 2013

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NEW: A Newsletter in Spanish, January 2015! Click here to open.


 How you can help!

IASWECE is active throughout the world in support of training and quality in Waldorf education for the little child, so that children throughout the world can find childcare centers, kindergartens, and early childhood programs offering optimal conditions for development. Please help us with this task, which grows more and more necessary every day. Join as Friend of IASWECE! 

Thank you to all our current supporting members and donors!

 Our Sponsors 

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