I have been helping at my grandmother’s nursery school over the past couple of years and after matriculating last year, decided to enrol for a diploma in Early Childhood Development at UNISA. I approached The Kindergarten to do my practical internship and was immediately struck by the differences between mainstream and Waldorf education. I love how children at The Kindergarten can truly still be children: exploring their worlds and testing their own limits, safe in the knowledge that they are acknowledged and nurtured.
I was born, raised and went to school in Soshanguve, outside Pretoria. I have been a caregiver in the Baby & Toddler-group since 2015 where following the Waldorf Way means that children can just be children. I love coming to work where the toddlers and I explore and learn new things every day! With toddlers no two days are ever the same! I am the mother of two beautiful and lively boys and enjoy spending time with them and cooking.
Yolandé van Straaten
Nursery School Co-Ordinator
I’m passionate about children and have spent most my life dedicated to the education, support, emotional and educational growth of children. I have taught in Waldorf and mainstream schools, managing and facilitating creative environmental programmes in primary schools in disadvantaged communities, teaching pottery to children and presenting tours for school groups at historic places in Pretoria. As a former parent of The Waldorf School, I am thrilled to be back on familiar soil in the beautiful surroundings of Rosemary Hill.
Born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, my husband and I moved to South Africa in 2008 with our young family. I am a certified Social Auxiliary Worker and have always enjoyed working with children. Shortly after arriving in South Africa, we started researching schools to enrol our own four children in. The Waldorf School immediately appealed to our personal and family values. I am currently studying towards my diploma in Early Childhood Development and hope to complete it next year.
I was born and grew up in Nelspruit where I met my husband and got married in 1979. We have five children together and they all attended Max Stibbe Waldorf School where we have also lived on the farm since the 80`s. I have worked at the school since 1996 and working with and seeing children every day, has afforded me so much joy over the years. I have seen many children start their schooling here as bright-eyed toddlers, and finish as young adults, ready to make a difference in whichever direction they go.
I was born and raised in Roossenekal (Limpopo Province) and started working at Max Stibbe in 1991. Shortly after that my husband passed away and Huibert Franken (one of the founders of Max Stibbe Waldorf School) told me to come and live on Rosemary Hill Farm with my three daughters. This is how I came to appreciate what the Steiner philosophy embodies: it really takes a village to raise a child. I have been a member of the nursery school staff since 1993.