EC05 2020 Foundations of Early Childhood (Distance)

Enrolments now open for 2020.

Course Fee: $3500.00

Watercolour: Joy of Spring by Irish Sullivan

Course Overview

This course is an integrated study of Rudolf Steiner’s picture of child development with artistic and craft experiences based on the rhythm of the year. It is a most inspiring course whether you are embarking on the path to become a Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood teacher or whether you are a carer, or involved with home-based child care or play groups. It is similar in approach to EC01, the Foundations Course based in Sydney. However, the opportunity to hear lectures and participate in workshops occur in TWO Intensives. The intensive segments are a vital and compulsory part of this course.

However, this course also gives students the opportunity to study Anthroposophy, Life Phases, Eurythmy, Painting and Drawing which, when completed, fulfil the 100 hours of approved Anthroposophical study required for full certification. EC02 is then the next study on the journey to become a qualified Steiner early childhood teacher. Assignments are an important part of this study in order to gain the most from the Distance approach but are optional if there is no intention to continue with the pathway to become a Steiner Early Childhood teacher.

This course provides the minimum qualification needed to be an assistant in a Steiner Early Childhood setting (Government qualifications needed). Statement of Course Completion with Course Study Outline.

Graduates of this course will have fulfilled the pre-requisite to study the EC02 Certificate Course.

Course Code: EC05
Course Coordinator:
 Linda St Clair
Tutors include: Catherine Pilko and Ebba Bodame, leading figures in Australian Steiner Early Childhood education.
Venue: Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School – Castlecrag campus.

Course Fees & Payment Options

Compulsory Enrolment Fee
$140 inc GST (non-refundable)

Full Annual Payment
Total Course Fee $3500.00 to be made by 1st March 2020

Term Payments
4 x payments of $875.00 (total $3500.00) at the beginning of each term (10th February, 10th April, 10th July and 10th September 2020).

All annual and term course fees will be administered by Sydney Rudolf Steiner College accounts, not this website. Once you have enrolled via this website you will be issued an invoice with instructions on how to pay your fees. A quarterly invoice will be emailed to students a fortnight before fees are due.

All morning tea, afternoon tea, and lunch at the Intensives are included in the fees.

Consult your tax advisor about tax deductibility.

Course Timeline & Dates

Distance over 1 year with 2 compulsory Intensives
Venue: Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School – Castlecrag campus.


Wednesday 15th April–Sunday 19th April 2020 (just after Easter)
Beginning in the afternoon on the first day and finishing early afternoon on the last day.

*Due to Covid19 we will running the first Intensive online only.


Monday 28th September–Friday 2nd October 2020
Beginning in the afternoon on the first day and finishing early afternoon on the last day.

What our students say

“All teachers, tutors and educators have been very open to approach and availability to the students. All in all a wonderful, organised program.” BA

“Lecturers are warm and engaging.”


Course Subjects

The EC05 course is comprised of 7 modules.

Introduction to Anthroposophy – The relationship between Anthroposophy and Steiner Education; The 3-fold human being; The 4 lower senses; The Temperaments; The 4-fold human being.

Life Phases – Phases of development of child and adult, soul types and life crises as a pathway towards growth.

Painting and Drawing – Goethe and Steiner’s colour theories; Shaded drawing; Form polarities arising from elements and ethers; Working with darkness and light; Principles of line, dynamic and transition.

Eurythmy  Movement as a creative medium for individual expression and for the expression of universal laws.

The other three modules are specific to Steiner Early Childhood education.

Course Subjects

Module 1: The spiritual foundation of Steiner Early Childhood education. This module is designed to provide an overview of Steiner’s picture of child development. Part of this module includes the Festivals which provide an important backdrop to the rhythm of the year and offer a concrete path to reverence, awe and gratitude.

Module 2: The practice of Steiner Early Childhood education. In this module students learn how to work with imitation and example as well as exploring the importance and features of self-directed play. The power of story-telling and its effects are a key component here too.

Module 3: Arts, Craft and Music in Steiner Early Childhood education. Various craft activities such as doll-making are introduced to support the practice of working with young children. 

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