New memberships or developing organisations seeking membership
Newly established Steiner/Waldorf schools and early childhood programs are eligible to join SECA as developing members for a two year period prior to becoming full members.
Developing Organisation Members are kindergartens/prep classes, preschools or children’s centres that are either affiliated with a Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf school, or are independent, and meet the following criteria:
- The school or centre is registered, licensed and complies with government regulations regarding accreditation standards, or is working towards the above.
- The school or centre strives to deliver a Steiner/ Waldorf program and demonstrates a commitment to working with Steiner / Waldorf early childhood educational principles.
- The school or centre works visibly with Steiner EC pedagogical principles and strives to represent this educational impulse in the wider community.
- Staff members working within the school or centre have a qualification or training in Steiner early childhood education or are in the process of gaining a Steiner/Waldorf credential.
- The kindergarten or centre is, or intends to be, functioning as a Steiner/Waldorf early childhood organisation and demonstrates viability in terms of enrolment and staffing which must be maintained for two or more years in order to achieve Full Organisational Membership.
- The school or centre seeks to actively participate in Steiner/Waldorf early childhood regional meetings and conferences on an ongoing basis.
During the first two years of membership, the association provides support and guidance to the organisation with regard to the early childhood program. This support is dedicated to assisting the organisation to provide advice, information and training in Steiner/Waldorf education and is directed by the particular needs of the teachers who are working with the children and the program that they are providing in a given location. Regional representatives are the people responsible for coordinating the support provided to the developing member organisation. The association makes funds available to enable experienced early childhood teachers to provide the support to the early childhood staff of the organisation.
Developing Organisation Membership provides:
- Advice and/or assistance towards accessing support and professional development in the field of Steiner/Waldorf early childhood education and care.
- Access to early childhood mentoring that can assist with further developing Steiner/Waldorf early childhood education and care
- Information regarding Steiner/Waldorf early childhood international conferences and events.
- Invitations to the Association’s AGM, regional and national meetings and conferences in Australia.
- Information regarding Steiner/Waldorf educational issues and developments in Australia and overseas.
- Listing of the member school or centre on the SECA website and on the IASWECE listing of Steiner/Waldorf schools and early childhood centres.
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If you are a new or developing organisation PLEASE DO NOT SUBSCRIBE TO THE PLANS BELOW
1. Contact the Regional Representative in your area or the Membership Registrar. This conversation will enable you to provide the committee member with information about your school/centre, provide you with more details about the process, and answer any questions you may have.
2.The application form will be forwarded to you following this initial contact. Once the completed application form is returned, the site visit will be organised for a mutually convenient date. The membership application fee is $400.
3. A site visit to the applicant school or centre will be conducted by either a regional representative of SECA or a delegated member. Areas to be observed include:
- The school or centre’s delivery of a Steiner/Waldorf early childhood program
- The implementation and quality of Steiner/Waldorf early childhood pedagogical practices and care
- The physical environment indoors and outdoors
In accordance with the provisions of the constitution of the Australian Association (Membership), status shall be granted by a majority of the SECA committee following the receipt of an application and the appraisal report.
Full Organisational Membership
AARSECE invites and encourages all Steiner early childhood training organisations to become Associate members.
A training organisation that is
- aligned with AARSECE’s goals and purposes and
- offers programs designed to educate those who aspire to work in the field of Steiner early childhood care and education, or
- provide further education for professional teachers,
may apply for Associate Membership.
Please start the registration process by filling out the Associate Membership Application Form.
Once the committee has received the application form, we will advise you of the success of the application and accept your membership payment.
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