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Do you want to become a Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Practitioner?

Do you already have an early childhood qualifications (EYE or above) and you want to understand the Steiner Waldorf approach through a certified and quality mark course?

Are you enrolling on or considering the EYTS programme at Sheffield Hallam university?

There are now 2 pathways available for our two-year part-time course.

Crossfields Institute Level 4 Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies (Early Years Educator). This course is Ofqual regulated. A Quality Mark programme in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies (endorsed by Crossfields Institute)
For those who require an accredited, full and relevant early childhood qualification for working in English settings - Crossfields Institute Level 4 Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies (EYE) For those who meet any of the following criteria:
  • already have a recognised full and relevant Level 3, (EYE), or higher, qualification in early years education.
  • live and work outside England and have an appropriate early childhood qualification accepted locally.
  • are enrolling on the setting funded one-year EYTS programme at Sheffield Hallam University.
For more important details of the two routes, please see our 'About the Course'

UPDATE: June 2023 – GOOD NEWS!


The Godparents Anthroposophical Training Fund have agreed to offer loans to students enrolling with us for Terms 2 and 3 of Year 1. This means that only Term 1 of Year 1 must be funded up-front. Full loans will, in addition, continue to be available for Years 2 and 3 and there will be an extended repayment time. We hope that this will make our courses much more accessible!

Do visit the GATF site for details of their loans although you will find that this new arrangement is not yet listed there. The complete details will be available in late July.

New Year 1 Intake for October 2024

The start date for our new intake is 27th October and you will find all our course dates on this website. Enrolments for both pathways are welcome up to that date.

For more information see our Application & Enrolment page, browse our website to learn more about us or contact Jill Taplin with any questions you have.


A Short Online Course

12th and 13th July (Friday evening, 7 – 9pm and Saturday morning, 9.30 – 11.30am)

Open to anyone with an interest in learning more about the Steiner Waldorf approach or considering enrolling on any of the Waldorf Early Childhood courses in the UK.

Suggested donation of £10.

Contact: Jill Taplin for more information.

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