FOUNDATIONS FOR THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR
Foundations for the Early Childhood Educator is a part-time course of study for people working with young children in a school setting, whether teacher, assistant, support staff or administrator. The program intends to provide an introduction and overview of the principles that underpin Steiner/Waldorf early childhood education.
The course will be held on 8 weekends spread across the year, some during school term and some during non-term time. The programme begins on Saturday mornings at 9am to 5.30pm and finishes on Sunday at 5.30pm, however, depending on the constellation of participants, the finish could be negotiated to an earlier time. Morning and afternoon tea and lunch are provided.
There will be lectures related to the Anthroposophical perspective of human nature, early childhood development, as well as the elements of early childhood pedagogy. Artistic activities include singing, story- telling, puppetry, and Morning Circle. Handwork for the educator includes sewing, felting, knitting and puppet- and toy-making.
Assignments are practical and relevant: including handwork, song and story-writing, creating a morning circle, and written child observation.
The course coordinator, Connie Grawert, has extensive experience as an early childhood teacher, consultant and trainer. Connie will deliver some sessions, support and guide tutors and students. All tutors will be experienced in their field and in early childhood education. Administration and logistics will be handled by Samford Valley Steiner School as part of the Art of Education program.
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