Event Details

  • When: Saturday, 06 June 2020

    Sat, 6 June 2020
    09:30 – 17:00 GMT


    Rudolf Steiner House
    35 Park Road 
    NW1 6XT


    Workshop Fee: £55



    *Discounts are available for Group Bookings for the Holistic Childcare Saturday Workshops.  These are given on a case by case basis. Please contact Dorothy directly for more information.

    Also please get in touch if you need assistance booking or would like more information about the workshop. 

    Tel: 01904 612683
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The natural world is the child’s natural home - explore different approaches to outdoor childcare with Dorothy Marlen and Sam Greshoff.

Join Early Childhood Experts Dorothy Marlen & Sam Greshoff to explore the benefits of outdoor childcare. Models and approaches of holistic outdoor care for young children that work in a variety of different early childhood settings. 

What is necessary and also what is unnecessary in Early Childhood provision in order to ensure that children truly experience the natural world?

Dorothy and Sam will be running Holistic Childcare Saturday Workshops at Rudolf Steiner House* throughout 2020. The workshops provide a unique CPD opportunity for all Early Childhood Practitioners and parents with a particular interes in the birth to 3 age group:

Each workshop will be a stimulating mix of new theories and ideas, experiential group work, and practical, creative activities. Participants are welcome to attend all or one of the workshops.


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.