IASWECE Newsletter
November 2014

Dear colleagues and friends of Steiner/Waldorf early childhood education,

In this issue of our e-News you will find articles and information on the international conference "Transitions in Childhood from Birth to 14 Years," which will take place at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland from March 30 - April 3. Everyone is invited: midwives, child care providers, early childhood educators, class teachers, and school doctors. 

We hope that by working together to deepen our understanding of child development, our educational practice and the worldwide Waldorf movement will be strengthened in its quality and capacity to ray out into the world.

Also in this issue: articles on Waldorf education in Zimbabwe and short reports from the recent IASWECE Council meeting and international early childhood trainers meeting.


With warm wishes on behalf of the IASWECE Coordinating Group

Philipp Reubke


In this Issue
"Transitions" - An International Conference 2015
Transitions in the Human Temporal Organism
Short News: Training and Further Training
Waldorf Education in Zimbabwe
IASWECE Council Meeting
IASWECE Trainers Meeting

"Transitions" -
 International Conference in 2015




For two years we have been preparing this event, and next year in March it will be ready: prepared in collaboration by early childhood caregivers, kindergarten teachers and primary school teachers, this unique event will take place from March 30th  to April 3rd 2015 at the Goetheanum in Dornach.








"Transitions in Childhood from Birth to 14 Years - 

Significance, Challenges and Consequences -

Tasks for Educators and Teachers"   


Click on the topics below for further information:   




Transitions in the Human Temporal Organism
(Part two)
Claus-Peter Röh


The observation exercises for the powers of transformation at the transition points of the third and the sixth/seventh year lead from the actual physical encounters to the perception of an individual "melody of development". (See IASWECE Newsletter March 2014). The characteristics of the child's inner being show in the child's changing physical appearance and manner. The ability to "read" these characteristics enables us to find the suitable approach for the child's education. 

Read more 


Short News and Photos: 
Training and Deepening Courses in 
Waldorf Early Childhood Education

Last summer, many training and deepening courses took place. Here you can find some short news and photos about courses in China, Estonia, Italy, Lithuania and Romania.  

Waldorf Education in Zimbabwe

Kindergarten teachers from the US and Germany gave courses and provided practical support in August, influencing the lives of more than 500 children and their educators. 

IASWECE Council Meeting in Vienna
October 8 - 12, 2014 

Council members studied child development and the human heart, discussed how to support children growing up in a climate of fear, prepared for the upcoming Transitions Conference, welcomed new members, and decided to offer financial support for projects in Europe, Asia, the Pacific Region, Africa and South America.

Read more


Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Education Meeting in Vienna, October 12 - 15, 2014

Ruth Ker

Early childhood teacher trainers from all over the world gathered in this beautiful city for a four-day conference, hosted by IASWECE's Working Group on Training.





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Russian Video on Free Creative Play 

In order to promote Waldorf early childhood education, the Russian Waldorf Association created a 20-minute film to illustrate the mood of free creative play.  
In Russia this film is now  being shown in universities and teacher training programs as a good example of early childhood education.  


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