This Quality Mark pathway in Holistic Baby and Child Care has been designed to run along side the nationally accredited Level 3 EYE Diploma in Holistic Baby and Child Care. As a participant on the Quality Mark Pathway you will be attending the course alongside the Level 3 EYE Diploma participants.
Join us on this groundbreaking Crossfields Institute Quality Mark course based on Steiner/Waldorf with an introduction to the Pikler approach to child development, play and care with a birth to three emphasis.
This birth to three training course is officially recognized by IASWECE (International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education).
Because of its modular distance learning character, this course is open to EU and NON-EU citizens. All participants need to attend at least 80% of the full timetable and complete the required presentations, practical exercises and reflective journal to meet the learning outcomes. Participants will also be required to complete 100 hours placement in a Steiner Early Years Setting.
Holistic Steiner/Waldorf and Pikler combined approaches have influenced early childhood care around the world, providing exemplary pratice in both Steiner/Waldorf and mainstream settings. Steiner/Waldorf practices fully support the physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual development of the child. They focus on the power of imitation, rhythm and age appropriate sensory and creative experiences.
The Pikler approach provides exemplary practical skills to support respectful conscious partnerships with young children, particularly during times of care, and self -intiated natural movement development and play.
The programme is designed for Childcare professionals who have a Level 3 or equivalent required qualification in early childhood care, who wish to expand their knowledge and experience in the Steiner/ Waldorf and Pikler approaches to early childhood care and parental support. It provides a depth of understanding and practical foundation for those wishing to work in Steiner settings and mainstream, focusing upon the development and care of children up to five years old, with an emphasis on the crucial first three year.
The course also prepares parent and child group leaders, child-minders, play group leaders, parenting course leaders and carers of children up to three years old.
Students and tutors on the last residential 2022 wearing the story aprons students had made.
Caring for young children and supporting parents requires many skills – a thorough understanding of child development and respectful practical care; confidence in a variety of artistic, craft-making and home-making activities; observational and self-reflective abilities; a capacity for working sensitively with parents and other professionals, and a clear understanding of EYFS, effective child assessment and working with statutory requirements. The units will weave together to provide a firm foundation for continued personal and professional growth and development.
What does the Quality Mark Include?
This training will provide you with confidence and practical skills to care for young children. There will be an emphasis on the care of children from birth to three. You will gain confidence to create “home from home” and outdoor settings which respect the young child’s need for warm relationships, a calm and rhythmical day and lots of play. It will give you tools for working with and supporting parents.
If you are a carer in a nursery or day-care setting or wish to develop your own a holistic child care setting
The advantage of this Quality Mark training is that you will bring to your setting a coherent body of awareness and skills based on Steiner pedagogy and the Pikler approach which will enhance your professional work. We introduce several holistic models for childcare including the “home from home” approach from Lifeways North America, Helle Heckmann’s Nokken, and Awhina from New Zealand.
As well as preparing you to work as a parent and child/baby group leader in Steiner and mainstream settings, the Quality Mark will give you the breadth and depth of skills and confidence to care for young children and support parents in Steiner and mainstream settings, if you so wish. We bring an understanding of pioneering parent and baby groups which have integrated the Pikler approach and outdoor groups.
Successful completion of the course, 100 hours placement and required presentations, practical exercises and reflective journal will lead to a Quality Mark Certificate from Crossfields Institute.
In total there will be:
There is no teaching during December 2023, April 2024 and August 2024.
*N.B. Students applying from abroad can choose not to join the course for the day events at Rudolf Steiner House but will need to attend at least one of the residentials at Emerson College. Recordings and tutorials will provide necessary information.
The course fee is £2,950.
(Excluding travel, meals & accommodation)
This includes the course registration with Crossfields Institute, the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship and the Association of Steiner Waldorf Teachers and Educators. (ASWTE).
Payment can be made in full at the beginning of the course or paid in installments with a £100 admin fee.
Bursaries are available from Emerson College. For the bursary form, please contact Chiara Carones, firstname.lastname@example.org
Grants for tuition fees are available from the Rudolf Steiner Association. A Grant request can be sent only after having been accepted into the course. For full info, please contact Chiara Carones, email@example.com
Interest free loans for tuition fees are available from the Godparents Anthroposophical Training Fund. For full info, please contact Chiara Carones, firstname.lastname@example.org
This Quality Mark pathway has a limit of 5 places and is open to UK and international participants. Applications will be considered in order of receipt.
We have a two step application process:
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
To complete your application you will need to have the following documents ready:
You will also need to provide contact details for someone you would chose to be your emergency contact, should you be accepted onto the course.
If you have any questions please contact Chiara Carones – email@example.com.
Once your application has been received, you will be invited for an interview with the Course Leader, Dorothy Marlen, as a final step in the application process.
The interview provides both you and the Course Leader the opportunity to explore the course content, requirements and your motivations for attending. It will also give you a space for any questions you might have.
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