Birth to Three in Education and Care

Rudolf Steiner, Emmi Pikler and the Very Young Child 

Edited by Heather Church

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  • A collection of inspiring essays on understanding the young child from birth to three drawing on the combined wisdom of the Waldorf and Pikler approaches
  • Helps early childhood practitioners understand what the child's needs might be and understand how as adults we can help them grow
  • Topics covered include understanding and supporting free movement, as well as caregiver interactions with infants and toddlers
  • Contributors include Ruth Reardon, Heather Church, Magdalena Toran, Susan Weber, Katherine Scharff, Jane Swain and Deborah Laurin

Enlightening essays to help teachers understand the development of the young child from birth to three, drawing on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner and Emmi Pikler.

228 x 152 mm
WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America)
Steiner-Waldorf Education
30 b/w illustration
68 pages
Publication date:
23 Feb 2023


A collection of illuminating writings on early childhood education, with contributions from Susan Weber, Jane Swain, Deborah Laurin, Magdalena Taurim and other early childhood professionals.

The essays draw on the wisdom of Rudolf Steiner and Emmi Pikler and their profound insights into early years development. The Pikler approach is based on a kind and respectful relationship between an adult and infant, through tender care moments, a naturally paced motor development, free movement and uninterrupted play. This book offers useful insights on caregiver interactions with infants and toddlers as well as exploring the ways in which Waldorf early childhood educators combine the practical Pikler approach with Steiner theories about development.


Heather Church is WECAN's Birth to Three Co-Coordinator and is active in teacher training. She was the pedagogical director and early childhood coordinator at the Halton Waldorf School, Ontario and Pedagogical Co-Chair at the Toronto Waldorf School. She now lives on a farm in Ontario, Canada.

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