Developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, Waldorf education is based on a developmental approach that addresses the needs of the growing child and maturing adolescent. Waldorf teachers aim to transform education in to an art that educates the whole child—the heart and the hands, as well as the head.
There are some similarities between Steiner Waldorf and Montessori, such as having respect for the child, but there also some important variations, such a differing approaches to structure.