Dear Friends of Waldorf Early Childhood Education, Donors and Supporting Members of IASWECE,

Dear colleagues, 

We recently sent you our April Newsletter, but realized that the link to the supporting membership form is not correct. We are sending the newsletter to you once again, this time with the correct link, with the hope that you might consider joining us as a Supporting Member! We would be grateful if you would also forward this version of the Newsletter to others.

With all good wishes, Philipp Reubke

In November 2012 and February 2013 two colloquia took place in Dornach, the first on the theme of the care of the child from birth to three, and the second on the theme of transition from kindergarten to school. Both were sponsored by IASWECE in collaboration with the Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum. Experts in each field made presentations from their work and engaged in conversation in such a way that further research intentions and topics emerged that will be shared at larger future conferences. In this issue we include three presentations from the Birth to Three Colloquium; you can find further contributions in the internet at www.iaswece.org.

In addition to conference announcements and links to new videos on Waldorf early childhood education produced by the Association of Waldorf Kindergartens, we would like to introduce you to an initiative of the IASWECE Council - worldwide partnerships among Waldorf early childhood teacher training centers. We are all so engaged in the demands of own work that it is a challenge to look out beyond our own immediate surroundings, and yet when we do engage with colleagues and activities beyond our regional or national boundaries, we can experience that we are enriched and our own work is re-enlivened.

with warm wishes
Philipp Reubke, Susan Howard and Clara Aerts

PS : Our December newsletter issue on festivals at the turn of the year was much appreciated. Therefore in our upcoming summer issue, we plan to take up this theme again, this time exploring how festivals at the summer solstice are celebrated in Waldorf kindergartens in diverse cultures around the world. We invite you to send us descriptions of your festival celebrations with the children!

In this Issue
Birth to three colloquium in Dornach
Birth to three: themes for further research
The inner attitude of the educator, by Martin Derrez
What kind of forces are at work when the child learns to orient the body in space? by Jane Swain
Childcare for Birth to Three-Year-Old By Helle Heckmann
Partnership between training centers
Request for support...
...and for your collaboration
New Videos from the Waldorf kindergarten
Birth to three colloquium in Dornach
by Claudia Freytag (Bremen, Germany)


In November 2012 the Pedagogical Section in collaboration with IASWECE invited experts on working with the small child to meet in Dornach. Thirty Waldorf educators and caregivers from Europe, Canada and the U.S. came to the Goetheanum to exchange their experiences and results of research with their colleagues.

The goal of the colloquium was to perceive the special personal approach of each presenter and to stimulate a lively exchange. For a report on the colloquium, click here. You can find most of the contributions on
Birth to three: themes for further research
Sketch by Claudia Grah-Wittich during the colloquium

Participants at the Birth to Three Colloquium have now taken on the following topics for study and research in preparation for the next colloquium, scheduled to take place in autumn 2014.

If you have contributions or suggestions to offer on any of theses topics, please contact us and we will put you in touch with those who are working with them. Or you may publish your own contribution at IASWECE 0-3 Internetforum
  1. The etheric  
  2. Bonding and attachment
  3. Professional bonding  
  4. Play
  5. Care of the lower senses
  6. Metamorphosis of role models and imitation
  7. Inner attitude of the educator
  8. Birth to three training
  9. The art of talking with and advising parents
  10. Stillness, the space in between.                                 
The inner attitude of the educator
by Martin Derrez (Stuttgart, Germany)
Martin Derrez begins his article with an apparent paradox in the behavior of the child: on the one hand the child will only do what it wants to do, but on the other hand, it is totally devoted with all its senses to the surrounding world and wants to imitate.We as adults can develop an appropriate attitude toward the very small child if we allow ourselves to be inspired by this paradox - following only our "innermost impulses" and at the same time, "listening into the world, living in complete harmony with the particular situation."  Read the complete article


What kind of forces are at work when the child learns to orient the body in space and walk?
by Jane Swain (Keene, New Hampshire USA)
For the newborn, whose "I" is still completely in the periphery, the so-called primitive reflexes, like a heavenly shimmer in the periphery, are active as a support, helping the "I" to take hold of its physical body. This thought is the starting point for Jane Swain in her presentation. She indicates that the task of the educator is to help the child so that it does not get "stuck" in the body, but through interest in appropriately formed surroundings, can come to a free unfolding of its possibilities for movement.
Childcare for Birth to Three-Year-Olds - Experiences and Questions
By Helle Heckmann, Copenhagen, Denmark)

In contemporary society as a whole there is a demand for childcare, and we try to meet this need by offering care. The big question then is, what kind of care are we providing? What kind of child care is truly appropriate? There are a number of areas which Helle Heckmann finds  problematic as well as under-researched, which she mentions in her article. 


Call for partnerships between training centers
One of the main goals of IASWECE is to support training, further training and mentoring for Waldorf kindergarten teachers and caregivers throughout the world by offering financial and pedagogical support to such training projects. At the moment we are supporting more then 20 Waldorf early childhood training courses and mentoring projects around the world. We direct our attention and support
especially to those countries where Waldorf early childhood education is still establishing itself or where there are very limited economic resources.

The IASWECE Council wants to foster partnerships between more experienced, established training centers in our IASWECE member countries and training centers around the world in need of support.

Read our letter with ideas for partnership!
Download the list of training programs receiving IASWECE support in 2013


Request for support...
IASWECE supports Waldorf education for the young child worldwide through training and professional development, conferences, research, translations, advising and mentoring kindergartens.... In order to better support these activities, we welcome your donations, large and small!
IBAN: SE07 9500 0099 6026 1681 8841

Or Would you like to become a supporting member of IASWECE?

Supporting members are individuals or organizations who wish to support the work of the International Association. They make a voluntary contribution to IASWECE and receive ou e-newsletter. If you would like to become a supporting member, please click here to fill in the form.  



...and for your collaboration!

Please send us announcements of conferences and activities, articles and descriptions of the work in your country (with photos if possible!), links to interesting research studies or publications that are relevant for Waldorf education in the first seven years, etc.


In addition to reporting on the projects and activities of IASWECE, we also want this newsletter to serve as a lively and useful resource of exchange of information among Waldorf early childhood educators and friends around the world. 


Office and Information: [email protected]

Country Projects, Partnerships and Support:
Clara Aerts, Belgium 
[email protected]
Tel 0032 498 223 281

Membership, Working Groups, and World List:
Susan Howard, USA
[email protected]
Tel  001 413 549 5930                                                                         
Conferences, Country Projects, Newsletter and Publications:
Philipp Reubke, France
[email protected]
Tel 0033 977 197 137

IASWECE Postal Address:
Box 34
16126 Stockholm

Website: www.iaswece.org

Whitsun conference in 
Hannover, Germany
A Whitsun Conference for Waldorf kindergarten teachers will take place in Hannover, Germany, from May 18 - 21, 2013. The conference languages will be German, English, French, and Russian.

Keynote speakers are Wolfgang Held, Claus-Peter R÷h,
Dr. RenÚ Madeleyn,
Birgit Krohmer and
Marcel de Leuw.

The Whitsun Conference is sponsored by the Association of Waldorf Kindergartens in Germany. IASWECE Council members from Belgium, Israel, Ireland, USA, Germany, Denmark, Brazil, France, Romania and Switzerland will offer workshops.   


For conference program information and online registration, click here! 


Birth to three conference at the Goetheanum
A Birth to Three Conference will take place at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland from June 20 - 23, 2013. The theme of the conference is "Healthy Development and Prevention in Pregnancy and Early Childhood".

The conference is sponsored by the Medical Section at the Goetheanum and is intended for professionals working with very young children. The full conference program and the online registration is available by clicking here
International Trainers Meeting in Vienna
From May 1 to 6 in Vienna, there will be an international meeting of trainers from Waldorf early childhood and teacher training centers, sponsored by the Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum.  You can find the Program here.


Vital Years Conference 2013 Sydney Australia
 July 7th - 12th
 Keynote Speakers: Louise de Forest (USA), Lakshmi Prasanna (India), Jan Baker Finch (Australia)
Program and registration
Early Childhood Conference in New Zealand
From September 29th to October 3rd there will be a conference with the theme; "Recognizing and nurturing the life forces of the young child, supporting the healthy development of the will"
Download the program
Alliance for Childhood Conference Brussels
October 23 - 26, 2013
"Creating a culture that allows each and every child to unfold their unique potential and to engage in society"
New Videos of the Waldorf Kindergarten
In Waldorf education the child with his or her needs
is our central concern. This means offering time and space for development and above all, love for the child, direct and authentic experiences of nature,
social community, and individual play. 

The Association of Waldorf Kindergartens in Germany has now produced a series of videos that offer a lovely glimpse into the life of the Waldorf kindergarten.

You can find the videos on the our homepage www.iaswece.org