Waldorf Education seeks to guide and support children through the natural phases of development, encouraging them to grow into resourceful, warm-hearted, flexible and practical adults. This education recognises childhood as a journey that needs to leave time for the unfolding of the three soul forces - thinking, feeling and willing - in the maturing child.
In our schools we aim to bring joy into the learning process, allowing an artistic element to flow into all lessons, and with a healthy balance of intellectual, artistic and practical work throughout the day.
There are now over 900 Waldorf schools in 55 countries, plus 1500 Early Years settings and 60 Teacher Trainings worldwide. It is the fastest growing established alternative to mainstream education in the world. These schools are co-educational and foster attitudes of tolerance and co-operation between children of all abilities, races and religions.
The International Waldorf curriculum is uniquely designed to meet the developing emotional and intellectual needs of children. The focus is to educate the whole child, based on the insights into child development by the Austrian scientist and philosopher, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925).
The emphasis is not only on the intellectual development of the child, but focuses equally on developing the child’s feeling life (artistic and emotional) and also its life of will (the ability to carry through ideas into a finished piece of work, incorporating all the steps in between). In this way we try to allow the child’s potential to unfold, allowing them to grow into a self-motivated, content adult.
The curriculum works with the values of goodness, beauty and truth, encouraging children to seek these within themselves and in the world around them, creating a warm and encouraging environment in which they can grow and learn.
One of the best ways to find out more about te education is to come and visit the school and meet our students, teachers and parents yourself.