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The Parent and Child Group Handbook

A Steiner/Waldorf approach


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SKU: 9781903458464 ISBN: 9781903458464
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Regular contact with other families can be a vital lifeline for parents with young children – a chance to make friends, ask questions, learn new skills and gain confidence in their own abilities as a parent.

Rudolf Steiner’s insight into the spiritual, sensory and intellectual needs of early childhood has inspired a unique kind of parent and child group. Drawing on this approach, Dot Male’s book shows parents how they can join together with others to create a supportive family community.

Illustrated with case studies from around the world, her lively, accessible guide to running a thriving parent and child group expains how to:

  • Create a calm, harmonious space;
  • Use rhythm and ritual to structure a session;
  • Devise appropriate toys, crafts, games and outdoor play
  • Celebrate seasonal festivals and the cycle of the year
  • Fulfil key health, safety and legal requirements.

Written with the needs of busy parents in mind, The Parent and Child Group Handbook can be used as a quick read for inspiration and ideas or as a comprehensive reference. Each chapter includes an introductory overview, a summary of key points, and, for those who wish to explore the issues further, book lists and useful contacts.

Dot Male is a mother and Steiner Parent and Child group leader. She helped to set up the Lancaster Steiner Education initiative and runs courses for Parent and Child group leaders.

“This book is a treasure trove of helpful information … It is not only insightful regarding child development and how best to support parents and their little ones, but also offers a cornucopia of practical advice and business acumen …” —Cynthia Aldinger, Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America

“Both inspiring and immensely practical, it offers the group leader the insight and means to create a truly meaningful and appropriate experience within a parent and child group setting.” —Lynne Oldfield, Director, London Waldorf Early Childhood Training course

“This well researched book is ideal for those who are looking for inspiration and a more holistic approach to childcare.” —Nursery World

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Weight0.625 kg

Dot Male




246 × 189 mm


256 pages



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