As reported in Nursery World, “Steiner kindergartens have been successful in achieving exemptions from those aspects of the Early Learning Goals in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) that do not fit with the Steiner educational philosophy and ethos. The ruling applies to all Steiner settings”.
This is an important recognition for Steiner Waldorf kindergartens and applies to the kindergartens at Michael House. The article points out that, “The ruling is not time limited and will apply for as long as the setting follows the established Steiner principles, and once applied does not run out until there is a change to statutory regulations”.
Janni Nichol, the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship (SWSF) early childhood representative, explains the basic differences in a Steiner Waldorf kindergarten, “Children (birth to rising 7) are not formally taught literacy or numeracy, nor are ICT or electronic gadgetry used. Instead they are supported by highly trained practitioners who provide a strong rhythm and enabling environment which enhances their experiences, engenders empathy and social resilience, and nurtures creativity, physical development and imaginative thinking”.
This is good news for our kindergartens as it will enable our trained teachers to continue to provide the very best in kindergarten education in a Steiner Waldorf setting.
You can read the whole article here: Nursery World, Steiner Waldorf kindergartens