Event Details

  • When: Saturday, 25 July 2020


    Saturday 27th June
    2.30pm - 4.00pm

    Saturday 25th July
    11.00am - 12.30pm

    Saturday 5th Sept:
    11.00am - 12.30pm


    Dorothy & Sam will be going ahead with all three taster mornings via Zoom Pro

    For more info, registration and Zoom access code contact Dorothy:

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    01904 612 683

NOW ONLINE - FREE TASTER MORNING: Holistic Baby & Childcare

NOW ONLINE - FREE TASTER MORNING: Holistic Baby & Childcare

Interested in our Holistic Baby & Childcare Course? Join Dorothy Marlen and Sam Greshoff for a FREE ONLINE TASTER MORNING.

OUR RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS is not to stop supporting parents and child care professionals but instead to find new approaches to delivering our training. We are making some new and exciting changes to this year’s course to provide flexible and affordable blended-learning with a mixture of teacher-led onlineand face-to-face training. More information, revised course fee and application details will be available shortly on our holistic baby webpage.

If you are interested our NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Baby and Child Care (Early Years Educator) course and would like a first hand insight as to what to expect, we warmly invite you to join us via Zoom for one of our Introductory Mornings. 

These mornings are designed to give you an overview of the course, a chance to meet and speak with our core teachers and to experience some of things you can expect to learn on the course.


About the Holistic Baby & Childcare Diploma Course:

Holistic approaches to baby and child care are more crucial than ever. The Holistic Baby & Child Care Level 3 Diploma teaches the development, care and learning needs of children up to five years old, with an emphasis on the crucial first three years.

Designed for:

  • Parent and child group leaders
  • Child-minders
  • Nursery teachers
  • Kindergarten assistants
  • Play group leaders
  • Parenting course leaders
  • Carers of children up to 3 yrs old

This groundbreaking course is designed to enable you to care confidently for children and support parents in a holistic and respectful way.


About The Teachers


dorothy marlen


Dorothy Marlen is the course leader of the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Baby and Child Care (Early Years Educator). She originally trained as a Steiner Early Years teacher and a counsellor, and has over 20 years’ experience of working with parents and carers of very young children.

Dorothy has authored a book called The Parent and Child Group Handbook. Hawthorn Press and writes articles for journals and magazines.

Training in the Pikler approach at the Pikler Institute in Budapest Level 1 and 2, with Resources for Infant Educarers in the USA, and in Psychoanalytic Child Observation at the Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy brought a new depth and sensitivity to her understanding of the needs of the very young child.

From 2012-2104 Dorothy organised the first  European Pikler Associated accredited Pikler Basic and advanced practice guidances courses in the UK. She co-founded the Pikler UK Association and was chair for 7 years. She has also been the Birth to Three representative on the Steiner Waldorf Early Years Steering group and chair of the Steiner Birth to Three working group. For the last 10 years she has run parent and infant support groups called Gentle Beginings. They are based on Rudolf Steiner's understanding of early childhood and the Pikler approach.

She offers consultancy to mainstream baby and infant rooms as well as in Steiner/Waldorf birth to three care settings.


Sam Greshoff


Sam Greshoff began her involvement in Early Years Education and Care setting up and working in Steiner Waldorf Parent and Child Groups in London and later in Canterbury. This has led to her ongoing interest in working with young children and their parents. She has represented Parent and Child Group Leaders on the Steiner Waldorf Early Years Group for many years and has been involved in leading workshops and conferences for professionals working with young children and their families, she also writes regularly for the Kindling Journal on this subject. She completed the London Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies and became a Kindergarten Teacher at Canterbury Steiner School. To deepen this work and her understanding of young children’s development and needs she undertook the European Accredited Pikler Basic Training and then the European Accredited Pikler Practice Guidance Training between 2012 - 2014. She is the Lead Teacher on th NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Baby and Child Care (Early Years Educator).


*The Holistic Childcare workshops are run at Rudolf Steiner House in partnership with Emerson College.