ISKA Provides support for members as well as responding to the increasing level of interest in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Education more generally in Ireland.
The association has established a programme of workshops on aspects of Steiner Waldorf education for childcare practitioners.
The annual conference takes place in October, to which all are welcome.
A one year part-time introduction to Steiner / Waldorf education called Orientation in Anthroposphy, is also available, see training.
Welcome to ISKA,
Irish Steiner Kindergarten Association
We are Ireland's primary source of information about Steiner Waldorf Education in Early Childhood for parents, our members, government and funding agencies, childcare practitioners and other childcare organisations.
ISKA Members are based throughout the 32 counties of Ireland.
Associate membership is open to all who support the work of the Association.
For Full Details see Workshop Page above or Click Here
Music and Singing with Young Children using the Pentatonic Lyre
Facilitated by Anna Prokhovnik Cooper
Saturday 7th February
10am - 4pm
Saoirse Steiner School
92 Meath Street, Dublin
€35 non-members /
€45 ISKA members
Booking essential : 0892411816
Full Day Taster Workshop
Saturday 29th November
Burren Sonas Kindergarten
Kilfenora, Co. Clare
Kindergarten hours: 9.15am - 12.45pm,
Monday to Friday
Parent and Toddler Group: Wednesdays 10.30am-12pm
Jude Donlan (Teacher) 087 9901891
Niall O Keefe (Chairperson) 087 7426293
Mary Shields (Secretary) 085 1529015
Galway Steiner Kindergarten
is looking for a Lead Teacher and Assistant to Lead Teacher to join our Kindergarten from September 2014 (Mon - Fri 9am - 1.30pm).
Our Kindergarten is based in Galway city and offers morning sessions for children between 2.5 and 6 years of age.
Ideal candidates should have previous Kindergarten experience and / or formal training in early years childcare (eg FETAC Level 5). An interest in or experience of Steiner education would be a significant advantage.
For further details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for Applications : 30 April 2014
Hearth Early Years Care
(see our website www.brigitshearth.org)
is now accepting applications for full-time and part-time staff for September 2014.
Training to degree level in Early Years preferable, with training in Steiner education a plus.
The successful candidates will work with children birth to 5, and also with afterschool care of children up to 12. Our daily programme, based on Steiner Philosophy, includes many hours playing outside in the nearby woods.
Please send CV to email@example.com by May 15th.
Interviews will take place in early June.
Meeting the Festivals through Nature
A series of monthly workshops
Sunday 18th May & Sunday 8th June
10 - 4 pm
Colmcille Hall, Grangebeg Camphill Community, near Dunlavin, Wicklow
Suggested donation €10, covering course materials
For Booking / Further Info :
Vicky Syme on 0879286652
The Orientation Course will run from October 2014 to May 2015
The training takes place monthly over seven weekend modules, with one week long module at the end of the academic year
To register your interest please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for a training brochure
with details including
course structure, curriculum, timetable
and application form.
A public talk & conversation for parents and educators with Christopher Clouder
- How do we Educate the Child of the 21st Century -
Thursday May 27th 7.30pm
Clubhouse Hotel, Patrick Street, Kilkenny
- How can we enable the child of today to face the future with courage, resourcefulness and creativity?
- How can we enable each and every child to develop their own individual gifts and let these enrich the lives of all?
- How can education respond to the changing times and changing nature of childhood?
Suggested contribution €5
Info : 087-7713224
For full Poster Click Here
Mountshannon, Co. Clare
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The Irish Steiner Kindergarten Association is the representative body of Steiner Early Childhood Carers & Educators in Ireland and was founded in 1992.
* to promote and support the development of Steiner Early Childhood Care & Education in Ireland.
* to act as an effective representative body for professionals working in Steiner Early Childhood Care and Education.
* to support and promote the provision of sessional, full daycare and other childcare and family support services of the highest quality as an integral part of a continuum of community care for children.
* to establish and develop a range of training programs for professional Early Years practitioners
* to provide professional in-service training programs for members
* to work in collaboration with other organizations and agencies to promote high quality, affordable childcare services in the community.
Membership of ISKA is for individuals either as Full or Associate Members.
Full Membership is open to individuals who subscribe to the aims of the Association and who are currently, or have within the last three years been, working professionally with young children.
Associate Membership is available for people who wish to identify themselves with the work of the Association and the development of Steiner Early Childhood Care and Education in Ireland.
Both Full and Associate Members will be invited to participate in workshops and conferences and will be kept informed of the work of the Association.
As a Member you will:
* be a member of a recognised professional body
* be represented at national and international level.
* benefit from support of the ISKA office and staff and ISKA Website
* have discounted access to workshops & events
* be supported in establishing local & regional networks
* receive the ISKA Newsletter 4 times per year
* have access to specifically Irish PR material
Current Cost of Membership is - Full €20 pa and Associate €20 pa. Memberships fall due in the Autumn to coincide with the Annual Conference.
For a Kindergarten/Childcare Initiative to be listed on our website
- it has the aim clearly stated to be a Steiner Initiative
- the main Teacher is a full member of ISKA and in contact with the ISKA National Development Officer,
- ideally members of the management group are ISKA Associate members
- all Kindergartens are encouraged to have their own website/webpage that the ISKA website can link to, to ensure the most up to date information is available to interested parents. Otherwise a Details form is completed and returned to ISKA annually and information from the details form is posted to the ISKA website.
- It is properly constituted - for community groups, a copy of the constitution/governing document and list of board/committee members should be on file with ISKA.
- both private and community groups are welcome.
For a Kindergarten/Childcare Initiative to be listed on our website as a
Siolta Quality Assured Steiner Kindergarten/Initiative
Requirements are as listed above, plus
- the Kindergarten/Initiative will have completed the Siolta Quality Assurance process with the ISKA Siolta Co-ordinator.
To be listed on the Website as a Steiner Based Childminder
- you have the stated aim to operate as a Steiner Based Childminder
- are a full member of ISKA and in contact with the ISKA National Development Officer.
- are registered with Childminding Ireland
- submit details of your Steiner training/background and Childminding Ireland registration to ISKA
- you are encouraged to have your own website/webpage that the ISKA website can link to, to ensure the most up to date information is available to interested parents. Otherwise a Details form is completed and returned to ISKA annually and information from the details form is posted to the ISKA website.
The ISKA National Co-ordinator is based part time in the ISKA office in Co Clare and oversees general queries, advisory talks, quarterly newsletters, memberships, conference and workshops as well as the ISKA Administration.
The ISKA National Development Officer works nationally and provides Advisory and Pedagogical support to Kindergartens and is also the Siolta Co-ordinator for ISKA, supporting Kindergartens in participating in the national Siolta Quality Assurance Process.
ISKA maintain a Website, www.iskaireland.org, giving details of Irish Steiner Kindergartens/Early Years initiatives, adverts for vacant positions, links to other Irish and International Early Years organizations, access to articles, talks and workshop information and lots more.
ISKA also offer comprehensive Workshop and Talk programs run in partnership with individuals/groups and with reduced rates for members.
ISKA have an annual Conference which offers a valuable opportunity for ongoing training and for members to meet, learn from and support each other.
ISKA offers a subscription service toKindling Early Years Journal, published in the UK twice a year, Spring and Autumn.
ISKA send a representative to meetings of the International Association of Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Educators and support the crucial international work of IASWECE through an annual donation, made up of donations from the Irish Kindergartens.
ISKA highly recommends that every Kindergarten have in their annual budget an amount for Teacher support and training to cover such things as ISKA memberships for teachers/assistants/board members, Advisory visits, teacher training, conference fees, etc.
The annual subscription (two issues) is €17. (If you wish to contribute a further €2 and make your payment €19, the donation will go to the International fund, which supports our work in underprivileged countries).
You will be invoiced with your first copy. If you would like to receive this Journal, please complete the form below and click the "Send Subscription to ISKA" button:
Kindling Journal available
KINDLING, the Journal for Steiner Waldorf Early Years Education is printed twice yearly (Spring and Autumn) and will contain:
· Articles arising from work experience, research or observations
· Reports on lectures, Conferences, Workshops, Regional meetings, Parent & Toddler news
· Anthroposophical impulses, reports and developments around the world
· Government updates and information, Current debate
· Coming events, Conferences, Reviews
· Practical ideas and resources, Natural health
· Special features from kindergartens in the UK and around the world
· Seasonal songs, Stories and Activities
· Information sharing, Advertising, Letters page
ISKA Training is in the process of finalising plans for 2013-2014.
An announcement regarding the Orientation Year in Anthroposophy from a early childhood perspective will be made by the 1st May.
The Kindergarten Teacher Training Course at Fetac level 6, has yet to be finalised for accreditation, this process is ongoing.
Places still available on the
'Orientation Course in Anthroposophy'
The orientation year is a joyful learning journey,
of inner discovery and creativity.
It will give an insight into Anthroposophy
on which Rudolf Steiner’s pedagogy is based
The course remains open for application before its start date on 5th October in Ballyhall Kindergarten, Callan, Co. Kilkenny and Camphill, Grangemockler, Co Tipperary for its' eight month modular duration.
It was designed as an experiential introduction to Anthroposophy and has proven successful to date, as “…the sensitivity to peoples’ stresses and differences was incredible-especially with such a multi-national and cultural group ..” Course Participant 2011-12
The training serves as a foundation for pedagogical, creative and other studies in the field of Anthroposophy. The skills learnt on this course will be of benefit to all and will enhance ones’ quality of life.
Detailed Brochure is available HERE
It is recognized by ISKA as a Foundation Year with optional progression to an accredited Fetac two-year certification in Kindergarten Teacher Training, to commence later in 2013.
For further information, contact Therese at email@example.com
LEARNING to LEARN
developmental movement, verse and story telling
A one day workshop for primary teachers, parents and childcare providers
to find inspiration in storytelling and creating your own stories and verses.
Understanding how gesture and song are the roots of language development
Attuning to our breathing rhythm
• for calm and vitality in our teaching
• for excellent classroom management
• to strengthen our voice and pacing in teaching and storytelling
• to discover inspiration in storytelling
• to deepen our understanding of movement and literacy.
The workshop is facilitated by Nell Smyth. Nell is a Steiner teacher, trainer and author.She brings a wealth of experience working with early years, in primary and secondary education and with adults, both in Ireland, and internationally.
€30/€20 students. Limited to 20 places.
Booking information at http://www.saoirsewaldorf.com/workshops/.
Educating the Hands, Heart and Head
a day of talks and workshops in Kildare Steiner School
on Saturday 27th April from 10am to 4pm.
The day will be a series of talks by Ulrike Farnleitner and Pearse O'Shiel
and practical workshops on:
- Form Drawing with Gale Pullen
- Eurythmy with Roxanne Leonard
- Seasonal Crafts with Margaret Kerney and Linda Grant
- Science (Light & Colour) with Malin Starrett
- Drama with Nell Smyth
Cost for the day is Euro 20 which include lunch - concessions available.
Full program for the day to follow, any queries contact 087 9796843
Workshops for Practitioners
(creche, play-school and infant class teachers of primary schools)
on ring games, finger games, movement games, children's massages, puppet shows and story telling, which all are an important part of a day in a Playschool.
Thu. 11.April; Thu. 18.April; Thu. 25.April. from 2.30pm to 5pm
Kindergarten in the Quaker Meeting House, Summerhill South, Cork City
Cost- for the 3 afternoons is €30
payable on the first afternoon.
We will practice the games together and you will get a print out of all of them and we might record them for long-term use, specially to remember melodies of songs.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me; firstname.lastname@example.org
'A new single agency, Qualifications and Quality Assurance Ireland (QQAI) is replacing FETAC, HETAC, IUQB and NQAI. The new agency is to be established by the Minister for Education and Skills. ISKA is currently in dialogue with this new agency with a view to bringing our training programmes, (equivalent to Fetac level 5 & 6 Childcare from a Steiner Perspective) into the national framework for awards.'
6 week course in
Steiner Education and Philosophy
-a parent's perspective -
course will be facilitated by Laura Wynne, who has experiences both
as a parent and teacher in Steiner education. The course will be
held on Monday mornings from 10.30 to 12.45am on following days at
Kildare Steiner School www.kildaresteinerschool.org.
25 February, 4 March, 11 March, 15 April, 22 April, 29 April
fee for the course will be 50 euro for 6 days. It is possible to
attend for 10 euro/day, although it is advisable to take the whole
course as each day leads to the next.
Please contact Mary
Whelan (087 2161721) or email@example.com
if you are interested
Galway City Initiative
A group has formed to discuss a prospective Steiner/Waldorf Kindergarten for the Galway City area. Check out our ongoing blog at: steinernagaillimhe.blogspot.com. For further information please contact Anne Ryan.
Julia Zgoda, Childminding from her home in Kilfarboy,Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare
Ziva Ellis, Childminding from her home in Feakle, Co. Clare
Commencing Summer 2012
The Birth of Croí na nOg
Parent and Toddler Group and Steiner inspired Kindergarten initiative
Once upon a time I visited the parent and toddler group at Morning Star Ballinacarrow Co. Sligo. I was immediately drawn to the whole setting. The natural rhythm to the session felt right. I wanted this for my children. They too were keen to return week after week, to play freely with the simple materials inside and to run, splash and imagine some more while outdoors.
I met some lovely like-minded parents there and we were all utterly disappointed and sad to hear Morning Star was closing that summer. It was time to get to work and recreate this experience elsewhere. We were so determined. We viewed several properties and eventually found a beautiful, serene setting in Keash near Ballinafad Co. Sligo to hold our sessions.
We have been running our group since Sept 2011. We remain determined and passionate about setting up a kindergarten for our toddlers to move on to. Fortunately, we have located a lovely space in Boyle and are due to open our Steiner inspired kindergarten in Sept 2012. All we need now is our teacher and we believe a teacher will find us and things will happen as they are meant to just as they have to date.
We are so grateful for the opportunity to be able to provide a Steiner influenced education for our children.
Thanks to Sinead and everyone who inspired us at Morning Star.
The parent and toddler group meets each Wednesday mornings 9.30am to 12.30pm all welcome.
NEW OCTOBER WORKSHOPS
Thurs 4th Oct
‘Rudolf Steiner-his world-view and impulse’,
facilitated by Cliff Skoog
from 6.30-9.30pm In the Early Childhood Centre
Hainault House, Belgard Square South
off Belgard Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24
€35.00 per 3hr session,
to book, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
provided by ISKA TRAINING
in the Early Childhood Centre
Belgard Square South
off Belgard Road,
Tallaght, Dublin 24
Thurs 27th Sept
‘Eurythmy and a new understanding of the Senses for our time’
facilitated by Tony Whittle
Thurs 4th Oct
‘Rudolf Steiner-his world-view and impulse’
facilitated by Cliff Skoog
pre booking is required at
Welcome to the website of the Irish Steiner Kindergarten Association (ISKA),
which is Ireland's national voluntary association of Steiner Waldorf childcare practitioners.
Members are based throughout the 32 counties of Ireland.
Associate membership is open to all who support the work of the Association.