Crossfields Institute Level 4 Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies (EYE)

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The aim of this qualification is to provide the learner with the expertise, skills and professional approach needed to be a Steiner Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher and Early Years Educator (EYE), and includes classroom based and placement hours. Learners completing this qualification may proceed directly to work in a Steiner Waldorf Early childhood setting. The qualification is also relevant to those engaged in holistic work with children such as child minders, therapists and others working with children under seven years old both in Steiner Waldorf and mainstream settings.

Crossfields Institute is responsible for approval, ongoing delivery, and centre quality assurance of these qualifications. As specialist qualifications there are particular requirements which any centre must meet in order to gain qualification approval in terms of both staff expertise and resources.

This qualification was previously offered by NCFE CACHE, who have worked with Crossfields Institute since 2013 and would like to wish students following the Crossfields Institute Level 4 Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies Early Years Educator qualification the best of luck as they embark on their studies. This specialist qualification is one of quality, robust in both content and assessment it offers insight into the expertise, skills and professional approach needed to practice, and indeed develop, Steiner Waldorf approaches in an early childhood setting.

The London Steiner Kindergarten Training Company, was established in 1991 to deliver Steiner Waldorf early childhood studies training to learners intending on working in a Steiner kindergarten. This then led to the first Department for Education approved “Full and Relevant” Steiner Waldorf early childhood education. The centre’s approach is to providing learning and self-development opportunities which prepare learners to be self-reflective practitioners with the confidence to review their practice in the light of contemporary social needs surrounding early childhood.

NESWEC is based in York and in Stourbridge in the West Midlands and offers programmes in Steiner Waldorf early childhood education designed for the 21st century.  The centre is committed to an integrative approach, connecting the philosophy behind Steiner Waldorf education and care with methodology, up-to-date practice and working with current regulations.  Their programmes are a combination of long weekends in York, five-day residentials in Stourbridge, and online sessions, alongside some placement.  NESWEC aim to give students individual support and a collaborative and transformative experience.  

Highgate House School was established in 1992 in Repulse Bay for the founders’ own children. In 2001, Julie Lam, a founder member, brought the philosophy of Steiner Waldorf education to Hong Kong by introducing some of the basic principles into the school and with additional groups for younger children. Following the set up of a teacher training programme, the International Kindergarten Association accredited the school as a Steiner Waldorf Kindergarten in 2003. The optional units of this qualification were developed in collaboration with Highgate House School. 

Registrations are now open:

Learners interested in studying this qualification should contact one of our approved centres:

If you are a centre (Training Provider) interested in delivering this qualification, please contact us.

The qualification specification is available here.

Registration fee for Centres from 1st September 2023:

£340 per learner