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I am opening a daycare and have been contemplating the idea of a Waldorf-style daycare. Where would I go to find resources/materials for such a daycare? Also, do you experienced Waldorf parents think that it would have a positive impact on the children, even though their home environments may be far removed from a Waldorf, NFL, GD, AP kind of atmosphere?

Either way, a lot of the Waldorf practices are already in place in my home and will be extended into the daycare. No TV, non-plastic/imaginative toys that allow children to explore, etc. Also, I am planning to feed the children according to the Body Ecology Diet/Nurishing Traditions, and I really feel that a child's diet plays such an important, important part in determining their ability to live a happy, healthy life ... so that would be affecting them, regardless of the daycare environment.

Just some ramblings, I suppose. I need some thoughts and ideas here.
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My daughter has been doing a waldorf style day care in her home for two years. She is in Vermont. Would you be interested in talking to her? I could ask her if she has time.

She took a course at Sophia's Hearth in NH. My grandson's picture is on one of their brochures!

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It's a lovely idea! and many folks provide that or playgroups, but before you consider it "Waldorf-style" I recommend taking at least a week-long course somewhere. The material trappings (and lack thereof ) are not what makes it Waldorf. There's the whole Steiner component and the spiritual work of the teacher.
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It's a lovely idea! and many folks provide that or playgroups, but before you consider it "Waldorf-style" I recommend taking at least a week-long course somewhere. The material trappings (and lack thereof ) are not what makes it Waldorf. There's the whole Steiner component and the spiritual work of the teacher.
I know this is true. I have been looking for an opportunity to take a class in Minneapolis, which is the nearest place I can find that offers such a thing ... and that's a nine hour drive. (I don't live in what you might call a progressive place. ) I know that the material trappings and lack thereof are not what make a learning environment Waldorf, and even if I cannot set up a Waldorf-style daycare, it is going to be an AP (or AC = Attachment Caregiver ) kind of daycare. I very much want to run something the opposite of the big, institutional daycares where the babies are left in bouncy seats and swings all day and where it's considered fine caregiving as long as no one injures anyone else. KWIM?
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My daughter has been doing a waldorf style day care in her home for two years. She is in Vermont. Would you be interested in talking to her? I could ask her if she has time.

She took a course at Sophia's Hearth in NH. My grandson's picture is on one of their brochures!

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You might want to visit www.lifewayscenter.org - Lifeways is a program I think started by Cynthia Aldinger. A lot of it is about incorporating Waldorf principles into childcare centers.

You might also find these links helpful:

Lifeways Principles for Caring for Young Children:
http://www.waldorfinthehome.org/life..._children.html

LifeWays Basic Practices in the Care of Young Children at Home and in Child Care:
http://www.waldorfinthehome.org/life...hild_care.html


Good LUck!

Dana, mom to Avery & Natalie 7 , Cole 4 , and Baby #4 on the way!
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Thank you for the links! We moved to a new area where there is nothing but public or church related schools. I've been looking for a school that works for the style of parenting/teaching that we believe in. I knew Waldorf was probably it, but wasn't completely sure what all was involved.
OP...sounds like you're setting up a great school, too bad you're not in Ca, I'd have to check you out! What is the method/style of the meals you mentioned?
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I have a Waldorf daycare and teach in the Lifeways training if you have more questions
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I was just coming to post about lifeways.

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