New Course: Art of Caring: Working with Children under Three

Sydney Rudolf Steiner College - The Art of Caring

Are you a parent or carer of children under three? This inspiring course with Dr. Renate Long-Breipohl is coming up in June. It focus on care and education in the first three years of life based on the insights of Rudolf Steiner and the practice of caring for babies and toddlers. Great for parents, nannies and carers in family cares, playgroups and childcare centres.

This new 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 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 and the practice of caring for babies, toddlers and the child in the third year of life. This course supplements our already existing early childhood courses which mainly focus on children aged 3 – 6.

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 Overview

Course Coordinator: Linda St Clair

Tutors: Dr Renate Long-Breipohl and colleagues in both teaching and nursing fields.


TWO weekends in 2017 in both SYDNEY and MELBOURNE.

ONE extension weekend in SYDNEY.


Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, 307 Sussex St, Sydney.

Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School, 213 Wonga Rd, Warranwood, VIC 3134

Fees and Payment Options

TWO weekends: Total $599 which includes the (non- refundable) enrolment fee of $77 and GST.

EXTENSION weekend: Total $299 which includes the (non-refundable) enrolment fee of $77 and GST.

Please consult your tax advisor about tax deductibility.

Payment in FULL with enrolment. Enrolment and payment must be received at least 2 days before the commencement of the course.

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Course Dates



Weekend 1 June 24 and June 25 March 25 and March 26
Weekend 2 August 12 and August 13 May 27 and May 28
Weekend 3 September 9 and September 10

Weekend 3 Extension is available for all CA2016 and CA2017 students

Hours: Saturdays 9.30am – 4pm, Sundays 9.30am – 1pm

Course Study 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 underpinning knowledge of the participants with respect to the young child.

Weekend 1: The needs of the child in the first two years of life and essentials of care.

Aspects of care giving:

The gesture of welcoming the child.

The gesture of relating: Attending to the needs of the child: feeding, physical care, settling into sleep.

The gesture of protecting: Attending to issues of the environment. Caring for the senses.

The gesture of supporting: The adult as empathetic observer in the process of the child coming into uprightness and beginning to walk. The practice of empathetic mirroring in the process of learning to speak

The gesture of nurturing: Taking care of the child’s life forces through rhythm, nutrition and the sacredness of sleep.

Weekend 2: Caring for the child in the third year of life.

Support for exploration and self-directed activity of the child

Protection from overstimulation

Social learning

Enriching the child’s experiences

The self-development of the educator

Nurturing parents and home life.

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 pioneering a new course in Early Childhood “the Art of Caring: Working with children under three” with Sydney Rudolf Steiner College and has delivered it in both Sydney and Melbourne.

“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.


For further information, please contact the College,
Phone: +61 2 9261 4001

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