Aims and Objectives of the Association
- Supporting Rudolf Steiner/ Waldorf early childhood education in Australia and worldwide
- Organising professional conferences in Australia
- Producing/disseminating information and educational resources
- Providing advice and support for new initiatives
- Supporting training and professional development of teachers/carers
- Working together with Steiner Education Australia (SEA) and with the International Association for Steiner/ Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE)
Who We Are
As part of a worldwide movement and a partner of the international Alliance for Childhood, the Australian Association for Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Education is working to protect childhood. This includes promoting healthy development for children, the establishment of places where children can be given time and space to develop at their own pace, to explore and to play, and to follow their own inner initiative.
The Association had its beginning in 1985 when early childhood teachers convened the first national meeting, called the Vital Years Early Childhood Conference, of teachers and educators. These conferences were held every second year. In 1991, the decision was made to form an Association with the aim of representing, nurturing and safeguarding Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education.
In order to support and connect educators working in various states and regions around Australia, Regional Representatives are selected by the members. Their task is to bring local members together in regular meetings, to share information and organise workshops locally, and to exchange and deepen the work in Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education and care. The Regional Representatives, together with other office bearers, form the committee of the Association. The Committee acts as the board of the Association, and administers and manages its affairs. The office bearers are Chairperson, Secretary, Public Officer/Treasurer and Membership Registrar.
How Do We Work?
The work of the Association is done on a voluntary basis. Membership subscriptions are used to further the aims and objectives of the Association.The Regional Representatives of the current seven Regions are experienced, senior teachers and are initial contact persons for enquiries and for mentoring. They are responsible for organising regular regional meetings at least twice each year, and regional seminars. The Vital Years is the main Australian biennial event.