The Natural World is the Child's Natural Home - ONLINE

Saturday 6 June 10am - 3.30pm
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?
The workshops will be run online via Zoom. Each workshop will be a stimulating mix of new theories and ideas, group work, and craft tutorials. Participants are welcome to attend all or one of the workshops.

Time: 10h - 12h
break for lunch
13h30 - 15h30
With an extra craft tutorial

Workshop Price: £22

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

01904 612 683

The workshops provide a valuable resource for parents and parent group leaders, and a unique CPD opportunity for all Early Childhood Practitioners with a particular interes in the birth to 3 age group:
  • SAT, 9 MAY - Tell Me a Story
  • SAT, 6 JUN - The Natural World
  • SAT, 4 JUL - Child Wellbeing & Digital Media

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.