Further information

“Rather than making sure the child is ready for school, wouldn’t it be better to make school ready for children?”
– Caroline Sharp

This page provides a list of resources to help parents better understand the benefits of a Waldorf education.

Membership associations

Mount Barker Waldorf School is a member of the following school associations:

Other associations

The national associations of Waldorf/Steiner Schools in other countries, along with many other organisations, also have information on Waldorf education. Here are some key resources:

The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship

The SWSF is a membership organisation for all the Steiner schools and independent Steiner Early Years settings in the UK and Ireland.

The Federation of Rudolf Steiner Waldorf Schools in New Zealand 

The Federation of Rudolf Steiner Waldorf Schools in New Zealand is a registered incorporated society which represents member schools, early childhood and adult education centres who work out of the pedagogical indications developed by Austrian Philosopher and Scientist, Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925).

Waldorf 100

Waldorf 100 is an international association and forum for Steiner/Waldorf Education.

Alliance for Childhood

Alliance for Childhood promotes policies and practices that support children’s healthy development, love of learning and joy in living. Articles include information on computers in childhood and the importance of healthy play.

Friends of Waldorf Education

Friends of Waldorf Education supports Waldorf schools and kindergartens, anthroposophy-based institutions for handicapped people and other initiatives for education and social work.

Waldorf Today

Waldorf Today provides a weekly newsletter about articles on Waldorf Education.

Recommended reading


Head-start, Early finish? The Scandal of England’s School Starting Age


Mazzone, Laing: A passionate schooling: Key Ideas Behind Steiner Waldorf Education. Lulu.com, UK, 2017.

Baldwin, Rahima: You Are Your Child’s First Teacher. Celestial Arts, Berkeley, 1989.

Barnes, Henry: An Introduction to Steiner Education. Mercury Press, Chestnut Ridge, NY, 1985.

Childs, Gilbert: Steiner Education in Theory and Practice. Floris Books, Edinburgh, 1991.

Davy, Gudrun: Lifeways: Working with Family Questions. Hawthorne Press, Gloucestershire, 1983.

Finser, Torin: School as a Journey. Anthroposophic Press, New York, 1994.

Gorman, Margaret: Confessions of a Steiner Parent. Rudolf Steiner College Publications, Fair Oaks, CA, 1990.

Harwood, A. C.: Life of a Child. Rudolf Steiner Press, London, 1979.

Querido, René: Creativity in Education: The Steiner Approach. Dakin, San Francisco, 1982.

Spock, Marjorie: Teaching as a Lively Art. Anthroposophic Press, New York, 1978.

Steiner, Rudolf.: Kingdom of Childhood. Rudolf Steiner Press, London, 1982.

Other resources in SA

Anthroposophic Book Centre Adelaide

96 Halifax Street, Adelaide
Ph: (08) 8223 1841

For Books on Waldorf Education, child development, children’s books and toys, etc.

Conscious Creative Courageous – Living with Children

Susan Laing’s Resources for understanding children.

Waldorf Teacher Training Courses