Educator at Seedpods Family Day Care

Say hi to Jana.

I am Jana D’Arville and I have been a Steiner Kindergarten Teacher for 35 years.

I completed my Steiner training at Parsifal College and hold a Bachelor of Education and a Certificate III in Early Childhood Care.

I am passionate about Early Childhood because it is here that the foundations are laid for later learning and healthy development. Children are our future and the future of our Mother Earth. These early years are of great importance.

As Rudolf Steiner said;

“The early childhood years are the most important in all of education of the child. It is absolutely essential that before we begin to think… we experience the condition of wonder.”

At Seedpods this wonder will be the doorway into thinking, feeling and doing. The children will be guided through connection with nature, stories, craft, activities and creative play to discover the world, the other and their own self.

Big Hearted Care & Imaginative Play

Big Hearted Care is reflected in the wholistic and integrated programme offered at Seedpods-Steiner Gone Bush. Here the children are loved and nurtured as they begin their journey away from Home.

Play is recognised and valued as the work of the young child. In this natural and loving environment, a child can ‘play and do’.

Open-ended toys, mostly hand made from natural materials, captivate the child’s imagination. Shells, pinecones, seedpods, as well as puzzles, books, blocks, cubbies, dress ups, dolls, teahouse, kitchen corner, wooden cars and musical instruments are all waiting for busy hands to bring them to life.

Outdoor Learning

As we are located on a rural property the outside environment holds safety and adventures.

A sandpit, mud kitchen, garden bed and foraged materials allow the children to create happily and immerse themselves in meaningful play and activities. All the while birds sing, and kangaroos hop.

The child’s natural inclination is to actively explore their physical and social environment and so the surroundings offer limits, structure and protection, as well as the possibility to take risks and meet challenges.


Excursions to collect branches for cubbies, to visit the neighbour’s cows, to dig the mulch for the garden into wheelbarrows for transportation, or watch the bees heading home to the Honey Hives give the children a sense of purpose and connection.

Exploring the property, the Bamboo forest, the logs across the creek bed and bush walks to there and back and stomping through muddy puddles are activities that build the children’s resilience and confidence.

Our daily and weekly rhythm

Children are carried along by the rhythms of the world in which they live; from the rhythms of breathing in and out and the daily rhythms of sleeping and waking, to the yearly cycle of the seasons.

Children flourish when their daily activities are arranged rhythmically to reflect the natural order of life.

And so, each day and each week has a rhythm which holds the child secure. These predictable rhythms through the day, week and year provide a sense of the interrelationships and wholeness of life.

We eat and play, tidy and sleep, we create and adventure and listen to told stories and puppet plays at the same time each day.

Creativity in action

A creative activity is focused upon each day… across the week the children will bake, paint, draw, model and make and do in craft.

Through this they practise their skills, learn to express themselves in different ways and discover who they are in this wonder filled world.

In this nurturing and creative environment, the children experience a range of diverse activities: creative play, sewing, beeswax modelling, drawing, baking, painting, music, storytelling, puppet shows, gardening, building and outdoor adventuring.

Developing the child

These activities develop a child’s senses along with fine and gross motor skills and social/emotional skills.

Regular bush -walks introduce the riches of nature to the children.

Literacy and numeracy skills are grounded in a rich experience of oral and practical learning experiences.

Pre-numeracy skills are practiced through sorting, sharing, naming, building and arranging natural materials.

Literacy and a love of language is built through speech, drama, storytelling and song.

A love of language

Seedpods is alive with rich oral language experiences as I use verse, song, rhymes and stories to enliven the children’s imaginations and innate sense of wonder and provide a solid foundation for future literacy learning.

Similarly, foundations for other core learning areas such as mathematics and science are consciously laid through authentic and practical experiences that arise out of play and engagement with the natural world.

Through imaginative self-directed play, artistic activities, simple crafts, verses, songs, puppetry, and fairy tales, the child’s emotional, intellectual, and spiritual life is strengthened.

The Principle of Imitation

Imitation is fundamental to learning in early childhood and adults at Seedpods strive to provide wholesome models in all their actions and interactions.

Throughout the day, the children have opportunity to witness adults engaging in creative, social and domestic tasks. Out of their imitative capacities the children freely involve themselves alongside the adults in meaningful work with a sense of joy and purpose.

Cycle of the seasons & nature

Following the Cycle of the Seasons and bringing the community together to celebrate, share food and story/song is integral to our life at Seedpods. Birthdays and Culturally Significant moments are also honoured in our inclusive and harmonious setting.

We work with Nature and incorporate the respect for Mother Earth into our Curriculum. Sustainability practices inform our programme from gardening and composting to not using plastic toys and equipment wherever possible.

Documentation of learning

Each day, for you, and for documentation purposes, I will record a special moment your child has enjoyed.

I will link this to the Early years Learning Framework so that you can share the exciting developmental steps that are unfolding for your little one. I will email these to the group.

Also, I will compile a hands-on record so together we can best understand your child’s journey holistically.

The importance of a healthy foundation

The future development of each individual child and of humanity, as a whole, depends on health-giving experiences in the first seven years of life.

An atmosphere of loving warmth and guidance that promotes joy, wonder and reverence supports such healthy development. The most essential aspect of the work with the little child is the inner attitude of the educator, who provides the example for the child’s imitation.

Life at Seedpods is unhurried and meaningful, and consciously supportive of the young child’s need for physical and sensory care and nourishment.

This education offers protection and respect for the dignity of childhood.

Activities at Seedpods take into consideration the age-specific developmental needs of young children, from a focus on will-oriented physical activity in the first three years, then on imaginative play in the middle years of early childhood, and later a more cognitive approach to learning after the child enters school.

Loving interest in and acceptance of each child is one of the Educational Principles underpinning the Philosophy at Seedpods.

In an environment that nourishes the senses children are given the opportunity to focus on real rather than virtual experiences, and so, supported in forming a healthy relationship to the world.

I strive to create a nurturing haven at Seedpods where children grow strong, capable, confident and happy within a conscious and collaborative community.

Details for Seedpods- Steiner Gone Bush with Jana on the Sunshine Coast of Qld

A place where children can belong, be, become and blossom.

Come visit us.

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday  8.30 – 3.30
  • Minimum: 7 hours
  • Fees: Please ask the educator for her Statement of Fees
  • Enrolling children from:  TBC
  • CSS Childcare Subsidy Approved
  • A maximum of four children under school age each day