The ISKA Advisory Service offers support and mentoring to members through Advisory Visits to Kindergartens.
An experienced and qualified advisor will spend a day in your Kindergarten working directly on issues of interest or concern to you, the teacher. This is followed by a discussion and both verbal and written feedback.
To book an Advisory Visit contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The preferred duration of an Advisory Visit is two days. This allows ample time for your staff team to reflect with Mentor after having time with the children. Your service can also avail of an excellent opportunity to arrange a parents / public evening talk or workshop with Ulrike as guest speaker / facilitator. Or alternatively Ulrike in her Advisor capacity could attend your committee meeting.
(A small income generated from the evening event will help your service to cover the cost of the overall visit.)
Aspects of the Irish Steiner Kindergarten Advisory Work
The ISKA Development Officer, Ulrike Farnleitner, offers professional, structured advice and support to the leaders and teams in Steiner Waldorf Early Years Centres throughout Ireland, promoting and encouraging the development of high quality Steiner Waldorf Early Years Centres.
An Advisory Visit aims to:
- Foster an understanding of the underlying principles within Steiner Waldorf Early Years Education, which rests upon there being a trained Steiner Waldorf teacher working in each setting.
- Identify ways by which each teacher can support and advise the parent body that surrounds each centre. For example, supporting parent evenings, which address from a Steiner perspective the needs of parents who seek more nurturing ways of being with their children.
What is an Advisory Visit?
The essence of the Advisory work is to mirror and to support, in a confidential manner, the pedagogical practice of the educarer.
It is the inner striving of the teacher that causes her to seek advice, to seek confirmation or to find the right question, also, to seek new perspectives on aspects of the work with children and parents in the community setting.
The Advisor's role is a supportive one, a listener, an observer.
Reflective practive will be used as a tool for professional development.
During the visit the Advisor will remain as "invisible" as possible, though there may be occasions where the Advisor can have an active, supportive role in differing situations.
Plenty of time needs to be given for the exchange at the end of the Kindergarten day.
Each Early Years Centre is expected to host an Advisory Visit annually for quality reasons.