How we began
Over four years ago, having experienced Steiner Waldorf parent and child groups in other parts of the country, a couple of dedicated parents took it upon themselves to start Lincolnshire’s first Steiner Waldorf-inspired play group: a play group that created an environment that is respectful of the needs of young children and their parents. The group started out small, parent’s hosted sessions in their homes and everyone contributed in their own way.
What we’ve achieved
The group has experienced many ups and downs since it began, including losing venues and leaders, but thanks to everyone’s determination, today the group has grown significantly and has expanded to four unique sessions throughout the week (three indoors and one fully outdoor session) all year round in the most beautiful, woodland settings.
Highlights for the group have included having one of our leaders celebrated at a national level, receiving the Pre-School Learning Alliance Volunteer of the Year Award in 2009, securing funding for two years to pay our leader from the Horncastle Children’s Centre, our memorable, delightful fundraising ‘Tea in the Woods’ events, along with all the craft days and singing days that have featured over the years. We’ve also been able to fund numerous families to attend the Steiner Waldorf Early Years training courses in York and London, which have inspired and nurtured so many of us through our own parenting. This group is much more that just a parent and child group.
For all the families involved, the group is a pivotal event of their week and has had a life-changing influence on many of us. One of the parent members has described the group as surpassing “all expectations and enhances our lives beyond measure”.
Our links to the Steiner Fellowship
We call ourselves ‘Steiner Waldorf-inspired’ because we cannot say that we adhere strictly to Steiner thinking in every way, but the insights it provides resonate deeply with us and we see how beneficial they are in practice for the young child, as well as their carers. We belong to the Steiner Fellowship, and have received much support from them over the years with setting up our group, training leaders, and so on. We network with other Steiner parent and child groups and schools, with committee members and leaders visiting other groups and communicating both on courses and beyond. The Early Years courses have been crucial for our leaders to be able to create the unique atmosphere of gentle, nurturing peace at the sessions.
We are a not-for-profit organisation, which is committee run, sustained by the huge ongoing efforts of many volunteers.
We would love to be able to expand to other areas of the county, as many of our families travel long distances at the moment to come to our sessions. We are looking at having new groups in the Boston area and in Lincoln in the coming months. We would be delighted if the plans to have a Steiner school in Lincoln come to fruition too.