Wednesday, August 3, 2011

inspiring waldorf / steiner preschool learning environments

Would you like to look at some inspiring images of Waldorf Steiner early childhood environments?

I find inspiration in the way these preschools create a learning environment that is home-like and celebrates childhood and the natural world.

The way we use space in a preschool speaks loudly and clearly to the children who use it.

If space speaks, what do these Waldorf Steiner classrooms tell us?

Mt Barker Waldorf Steiner via ABC

Soft colours and draping fabric;

Image via Mulberry Waldorf School
Lorien Novalis Preschool
Natural materials and an absence of plastic;

Image via Bending Birches
Walls free of visual clutter and beautiful displays;

Play things chosen because they can be used in many ways; 

Image via The Garden of Enchantment
Wood, cotton, wool, silk, shells, stones, pine cones and objects from nature that the children themselves have collected are used in play and to celebrate the natural world.

Image via The Garden of Enchantment
Child-sized spaces indoors;

Image via The Garden of Enchantment
and outdoors;

Image via Flickr
These all combine to create a warm, nurturing. gentle and loving atmosphere that celebrates and respects childhood - a canvas for imagination and creativity to flourish.

And don't we all want a space that helps children to have a happy, unhurried and gentle transition to preschool?

Image via Flickr
Children who live in an atmosphere of love and warmth, and who have around them truly good examples to imitate, are living in their proper element. —Rudolf Steiner, The Education of the Child

Want to learn more about Waldorf / Steiner early childhood education?  Head on over to Global Mama.

Like to see images of Waldorf / Steiner outdoor play spaces?  Click here.


  1. Oh how I love to see other Waldorf schools! My daughter's school (Portland Waldorf school) is absolutely breathtaking. I have quite a few pictures of the parent/child, kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms on my blog. I am inspired every time I enter them!