16. May 2017 · Comments Off on Iona School at ThinkNotts event in Nottingham · Categories: Family events Nottingham, Independent schools Nottingham, Primary schools Nottingham, Steiner education

10. May 2017 · Comments Off on Workshop on Sat 3rd June: Caring well for the very young child – how the Pikler approach can help us · Categories: Pikler, Talks, workshops

This workshop introduces new levels of understanding, awareness and innovatory practice for the care of children up to three years old.

  • Helping carers of young children to gain greater joy and satisfaction in their work
  • Ensuring good attachment and respectful relationships between children and  carers, with happy co-operation from birth
  • Promoting self – initiated movement and independent play in children from birth as a fundamental foundation for life
  • Providing healthy nourishing calm environments with appropriate equipment and toys
  • Slowing down and simplifying practice to avoid over stimulation and create calm and contentment
  • Providing self-development tools for carers to encourage “presence” and conscious care.


“Thank you so much for inspiring us to be brave (in questioning the old world) and to take a big step on such an exciting adventure in early years pedagogy.”  Nicola Amies, Bright Horizons

08. May 2017 · Comments Off on Creative Discipline, Connected Family – A Talk with Australian author Lou Harvey-Zahra on Tuesday 13th June 2017 at The Iona School · Categories: Independent schools Nottingham, Talks · Tags: , , , ,

Creative Discipline, Connected Family Talk with Australian author Lou Harvey-Zahra

How to discipline without using punishments and rewards? How can we set limits while maintaining closeness and trust?

Creative Discipline ideas help to solve trying moments whilst fostering positive life skills and connections. Offering numerous real-life examples and answers to commonly asked questions, this is an inspiring new talk from the author of the best-selling Happy Child, Happy Home and Creative Discipline, Connected Family (Floris Books). Learn how to transform behaviours in a positive manner and strengthen the parent-child bond.  Whole school invitation – parents of children of all ages.

Day: Tuesday 13th June at 7.30pm to 9pm

Venue: The Iona School, 310, Sneinton Dale, Nottingham, NG 37DN

Cost: £5 on the door

Bookings: dominique@theionaschool.org.uk

Lou Harvey-Zahra is a mother, Rudolf Steiner teacher and popular parenting author with three books including the bestselling Happy Child, Happy Home and Creative Discipline, Connected Family (Floris Book). Lou presents in Steiner/Waldorf schools across Australia, UK, and LA. Lou lives with her family in Melbourne, Australia. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear Lou speak at Iona School.

“It’s day four after the talk and we are already having more fun, more magic and more love, thank you!” Georgie Williams (parent)

“Creative Discipline, Connected Family is a great guide for holding children for their highest good, and understanding children’s needs.” Mara Lupieri (Rudolf Steiner Early Years teacher)

Lou’s books will be available at the event £14.99 (cash only), and from all online book sites, worldwide and Steiner-inspired stores.

See Lou’s website www.skiptomylouparenting.com

08. May 2017 · Comments Off on A talk with Dr James Dyson at The Iona School, Thursday 18th May 2017 at 19.30 · Categories: Dr James Dyson Talk, Independent schools Nottingham, Steiner education, Talks





Free Admission – donations towards this evening’s costs and the developing therapeutic work of the Iona School would be greatly appreciated
Dr James Dyson is in great demand internationally within the anthroposophical movement and is currently teaching and facilitating on several professional anthroposophical training courses, spanning a wide range of medical, therapeutic and psychological themes.

After qualifying as a medical doctor in 1975 he worked in general practice and concurrently studied anthroposophic medicine where his practice, which included general medicine and some psychiatry, continued for nearly 25 years.

During his long and varied career as an anthroposophic physician, James has also worked as a visiting doctor in Waldorf Schools and in several schools and residential communities for children and adults with learning disabilities.

Since leaving Park Attwood in 2003, James has furthered his long-standing interest in mental health and developmental psychology with formal postgraduate training, gaining a master’s degree in Psychosynthesis Psychology.

Having retired from formal medical practice in 2014, James continues to work in an advisory and consultative capacity for several educational facilities and is also extending his life-long involvement in adult education.

Please make every effort to attend what will be an enlivening and enriching talk which will touch the heart of our work here at the Iona School.

The Iona School, 310 Sneinton Dale, Nottingham NG3 7DN

24. April 2017 · Comments Off on Creative wood craft courses for adults and families at Iona School’s Learning Land · Categories: Family events Nottingham, Independent schools Nottingham, Nature, The Learning Land Project, Woodwork

24. April 2017 · Comments Off on Family woodwork making sessions on Iona School’s Land in May and July · Categories: Independent schools Nottingham, Nature, Primary schools Nottingham, The Learning Land Project, Woodwork


28. March 2017 · Comments Off on March 2017 newsletter – The Grapevine · Categories: Independent schools Nottingham, Primary schools Nottingham, Steiner education, The Grapevine newsletter

CLICK HERE – March 2017 newsletter

23. March 2017 · Comments Off on JUNE WORKSHOPS AT THE IONA SCHOOL FOR PARENTS & CARERS · Categories: Independent schools Nottingham, Talks, workshops




  • Pikler workshop with Dorothy Marlen on Saturday 3rd June 2017. Further details to follow soon. Please visit Dorothy’s website for further information about the Pikler approach: http://www.dorothymarlen.net/

  •  Creative Discipline workshop with Lou Harvey Zahra on Tuesday 13th June in the evening-times tbc. Further details to follow soon. Please visit Lou’s website for further information: http://www.skiptomylouparenting.com

03. February 2017 · Comments Off on Job vacancy: Parent and Toddler Group Leader Vacancy · Categories: Family events Nottingham, Independent schools Nottingham, Parent Toddler Group, Play, Steiner education, Vacancies

Parent  and Toddler Group Leader Vacancy

We are looking for an efficient and enthusiastic Parent Toddler Group Leader.

You will be working directly with parents and children supporting them in their journey and will be representing the school and its ingrained ethos.

You will be capable of promoting Steiner education and ethos in the best possible way and be happy to undertake further training in your role.

We would like you to have experience in Steiner education and childcare or at least a great openness to learn. You will need to be capable and organised, used to carrying out basic administration techniques, adhering to company policies and be able to show flexibility and proactivity in your role.

The group runs each Tuesday and Wednesday during term time (37 weeks a year) and is open from 9.00am-11.45am. We may over the next few years increase these days dependant on demand.

The Iona School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Any offers of employment will be subject to two good employers’ references and a clean enhanced DBS check.

For an application form and job description/person specification please email fiona@theionaschool.org.uk

Closing date 20th February 2017