CA2020S The Art of Caring: Working with Children under Three

Course Fee: $375.00 per weekend


Mother Tender, image by Iris Sullivan

Course Overview

This course was developed to meet the need for a specific training for those who work with children under three in settings such as home-based child care, parent-child groups, centre based care for under threes. It is also for nannies, grandparents and for parents who wish to learn more about care and education in the first three years of life based on the insights of Rudolf Steiner. This course supplements our already existing early childhood courses which mainly focus on children aged 3 – 6.

Course Code: CA2020S
Course Coordinator:
Linda St Clair
Tutors: Dr Renate Long-Breipohl and colleagues in both teaching and nursing fields.
Venue: Sydney Rudolf Steiner College 307 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000

Course Timeline & Dates

Two weekends

10th-11 October 2020 CA2020S3
Saturday 9.30am – 4pm, Sunday 9.30am – 4pm
Sydney Rudolf Steiner College 307 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000

21st-22 November 2020 CA2020S5
Saturday 9.30am – 4pm, Sunday 9.30am – 4pm
Sydney Rudolf Steiner College 307 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000

Course Fees & Payment Options

Total $375 per weekend which includes the (non-refundable) enrolment fee of $77 and GST.

Payment in FULL with enrolment. All Enrolments must be received at least 2 days before the commencement of course. Course limit 25 students.

Consult your tax advisor about tax deductibility.

What our students say

The course was wonderful!  One of the best I have attended in quite some time.  Renate was incredibly knowledgeable; there was a great mix of content including lecture, workshop and hands on and the content was well organised and insightful.  I have nothing but positive feedback from my experience.”  AF

I noticed a real shift in my work with the day care after that weekend, spending much more time with patience in the care practices, eating, nappies, and dressing. I have also taken much more time and care with the baby who is 9 months old, as I feel this is so important after listening to Renate’s lectures.”  MB

Course Outline

This course explores the manifold tasks and gestures of care giving for children under three. The main focus is on working on the quality aspect of providing care and the knowledge of the participants with respect to the development young child.

Part of the work with young children is the inner preparation of the adult and the external preparation of the environment. Rhythm, play and movement are all essential to our study along with a keen appreciation of the art of observing. Practical activities include making a simple doll and creating a collection of lullabies.

The important question on how parents, carers and educators can work together for the benefit of the young child is also part of our study.

Dr Renate Long-Breipohl

Dr Renate Long-Breipohl advises and lectures around the world in early childhood education. She has taught kindergarten, and helped pioneer Waldorf education in Australia, and represented the Australian Steiner Kindergartens on the International Association for Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Education. Currently she is leading this course in early childhood with Sydney Rudolf Steiner College and has delivered it in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

“Renate Long-Breipohl’s finely detailed and profound insights into early childhood development challenge us to deepen our understanding and respect for the young child. Her scholarly work is to be welcomed in an age when so many decisions regarding early childhood care and education may lack such a rich understanding.”   Lynne Oldfield, author of Free to Learn.

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