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What do you need if you want to work with young children today?

  • Gentle, skilful hands that will respect the dignity of the human being and the wonders of the world
  • An understanding heart filled with the joy of being alive and with empathy for the child
  • A clear head able to give creative purpose and direction to the task of supporting children in their self-development
  • A willingness to carry out intentions and undertake self-development.

This course offers a foundation in the principles and practice of Steiner Waldorf early childhood education and care, equipping you for work in the early childhood sector. It meets the regulatory requirement for nationally validated early years qualifications at level 4 and level 5 and the international benchmarks for Steiner Waldorf early childhood education. This education is based on the work of Rudolf Steiner (1861 - 1925) and many others who have developed the principles and practicalities since the first school opened in 1919.

Years One and Two – 10 weekend residentials at York Steiner School, 2 five-day residentials at Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School, Stourbridge plus 10 days of work placement per term in a Steiner setting local to you. Successful completion of these two years completes the level 4 part of the programme including the Early Years Educator (EYE) criteria. You can find this on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications.

Year Three – full-time supported work placement in a Steiner setting with 3 weekend residentials in York. Successful completion of this third year completes the level 5 part of the programme (this does not form part of the Early Years Educator (EYE) but is a separate Ofqual regulated qualification). For all students enrolling for Level 5 from 2019 onwards, our intention is that the Level 5 qualification will be a Crossfields Institute regulated qualification, rather than regulated through NCFE CACHE. This meets the international benchmarks formulated by International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE) and required by Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship (SWSF) for those who lead Steiner Waldorf kindergartens. To discuss the different pathways available for year three, please contact us.


October 2018 Enrollment

Enrolments for our new October intake now being accepted.
Update: we are now re-registered with the PDCL scheme (https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans).
This scheme offers loans for tuition and other expenses through high street banks, which do not have to be re-paid until you have completed the course.
We understand that this is the last year in which this scheme will run!
PCDL Registration Number: 21156
This is the year to apply to NESWEC if you require funding from Year 1 of the NESWEC programme.

The requirement for GCSE English and maths at Grade C or above has now been extended to include Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths.

Applicants with overseas high school leaving qualifications are asked to consult NARIC for a Statement of Comparability.

Part Time Options

There is now a part-time option for NESWEC students to spread the attendance, assignments, placement and costs of the first year of the course over two years. If you would like to know more about this option, please contact us for further details.