Waldorf Inspired


About Us

Nagpur’s Waldorf Inspired School, with its inception, is offering Nursery and Kindergarten programs for the group of children from two years to six years. With succeeding years, NWIS aims to introduce Waldorf Education till the seventh grade. The Waldorf children will then move to our ICSE School at Katol Road to complete their high school. Thus it is an integrated program till the 10th grade.

Waldorf School has a philosophy which cultivates the child's deep, inborn natural attitude, belief and trust in and basic reverence for the world as an interesting and good place to live in. Our Waldorf teachers are well versed in the Waldorf teaching method as well as mainstream education. The nurturing environment and rhythmic pattern develop the child’s mind, soul and heart - intellectually, emotionally and physically.


CDS & Tender Steps


Children Enrolled

Back in 1994 Mrs. NishaSaraf started the school with a vision of Making Every Child A Winner. Today, the CDS and Tender Steps Group of Schools and Preschools have about 3000 children enrolled. Now the School's Mission is ‘To Develop Leaders, One Child At a Time', and this has made our every child shine. Since 2002, the pass percentage in CDS Xth Class Board results is 100% and in 2019 Xth Board, one student secured All India Rank 3.

Not just the academics, our students shine in Sports, Arts & Music at District, State, National and International Levels. Ex-students are well placed in India and Abroad. Modernizing the infrastructure keeping pace with time. Dedicated teachers inculcate humane values in students, and emphasize conceptual understanding and leadership qualities. The school aims to instill a progressive mindset and nurture leaders of tomorrow, and yet retain an unmistakable Indian ethos and sanskar.







Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders

Administration and Board

Director's Desk

Nisha Saraf

Group Director

CDS Group Of Schools
  • Founder member of four Educational Institutions
  • Awarded with Bharat Shiksha Ratna (2013-14)
  • Ex-president of the National Council of Women in India (Nagpur)
  • Awarded with Best Chairperson Award ’05 by Rotary Club of Nagpur
  • Featured in volume 4th of the Asian American’s who’s who
  • A Message to Parents

    Dear Parents,

    How Waldorf education will assist you in making parenting simple and meaningful.

    No words can express the joy of new parents when they see their child for the first time. They want to give the best to the child – but for this, parents must neither ask too much or too little of the children as they grow up.

    Many parents are raising children on their own today, often quite unprepared, with none of the tradition or established knowledge behind them that used to be shared among earlier generations. Most of these young parents are small families. A major change concerns the child himself who is no longer seen as a young child but as a young adult, a ‘miniature version’of an adult. The child is therefore generally addressed as and treated like an adult. On the other hand people complain more and more that children no longer know how to play properly today,cannot keep themselves occupied and always need an adult or some media or other to entertain them. Is it surprising then if children are shaken increasingly more awake in their ‘upper storey’ and never really learn to use their little hands to do things. ‘What is the matter? Would you like this, or rather that? What do you prefer? Shall we do it now or later?’ Questions like these are put to children all the time, asking them to make decisions that are far too much for them and a drain on their vital energies. Quite often people do not even wait for an answer but offer many detailed explanations as to why a hat should be put on, for instance, or a coat – rather than simply to act, and lovingly but firmly put on the child’s coat and hat. This is a phenomenon of our time, and we clearly need to look for the deeper meaning.

    Freedom and acting from insight, out of one’s own will intent, have become very important to young people today. And it is perfectly justifiable to bring this impulse also into the raising of one’s children. But how might this be done? To begin with, there are questions:

    • How can we get to know and understand the child’s nature more fully?
    • What kind of free space made available to the child serve a good purpose?
    • How do I guide the child to have greater freedom as the years go on but also personal responsibility?

    Once young parents become aware of these issues, we have the basis for a renewal of education. To question traditions, take a critical look at oneself and consider a situation objectively – this is something the young mothers and fathers do not find difficult. Just as one has to know things for one’s work, so they find it quite natural to want information on educational issues. It is not always quite so easy in practice, for things written in a book or discussed in a lecture do not always seem to apply to one’s own situation. It needs work in progressive stages and also practice. Waldorf schools assist young parents to give their children a healthy childhood which is not an easy task given the pace of the modern world and its distractions. Childhood has been endangered by technology, sophisticated advertisements and a faulty education system.

    We cannot bring back the simple living of old times and I am sure none of us would want to give up our modern conveniences like kitchen and home appliances which have taken away the drudgery from our lives. But certainly we can protect childhood and support their healthy development through warmth and creative play.

    Today’s children are pushed into early sophistication due to the influence of our culture – Barbie dolls , TV, car rides that race quickly past all the ads and store signs, impressions that children takes deeply into their beings. But we cannot bring them up in a vacuum so we as parents have to pick and choose carefully what we expose them to in society. What is normal today is not always healthy. We must protect their early childhood from the so called normal experiences such as viewing violent TV programs. The passivity of watching TV is at odds with the natural inclination of a child to be active.Children take in their environment without discrimination, all impressions go deeply within and he is unable to filter them, during this time we must be the protective barriers for them.

    The two main tools of early childhood learning, are Imitation and Play. The child explores and discovers the world through Movement, he grows and learns without being taught. Children also pass through a No stage – normally if your son would do what you asked him to do he may now say “no”. how we adults react to that “no” is important. If we become flustered or reactive our 3 year old will imitate that. We must look a bit past the No – and both parent and child will be happier. This does not mean we back off - but instead of being confrontational a well placed bit of humour works wonders during the No stage.

    A child loves to listen to Stories – this develops Vocabulary and understanding Language. They may ask why again and again but may not be interested in the answers. They are just exploring the fact that they can ask. Adults are tempted to give long scientific answers – but a simple poetic answer is all that they need like when asked – “why is it dark outside?” we can answer Father sun is asleep now and will come back to wake us up in the morning.

    A child cannot generate his own Warmth, as adults can. They rely on parents to provide body contact, proper clothing, and to keep them warm. A child who has to use his energy for keeping himself warm has less energy for growing a healthy body .

    Waldorf schools give a lot of importance to Bonding with Nature and connecting to our Culture. Play is the life blood of a “Healthy Childhood” it is important that children are given a Space to Play in the day, without interruption. This develops Concentration. They get more strength from your devotion to work rather than your playing with them.

    Today TV is the biggest hindrance to creative play. The child’s imagination gets atrophied like an unused muscle. All children want to do is Learn which they try to do through their Greatest Tool which is play. As parents and teachers we must allow them to develop, unhindered, at their own pace. We must provide appropriate toys and play spaces. Today’s children have more and more toys but they do less and less with these toys. Children find magic in play and learn many life lessons, play makes them grow into healthy, happy and capable adults. Parents should not interfere in their child’s play, they bring in adult thinking not the child’s creative imagination.

    There is so much more to tell, but I end here with Rudolph Steiner’s words “Receive the children in reverence,Educate them in love and send them forth into Freedom.”

    Thank you
    Nisha Saraf

    Sanket Saraf


    Nagpur Waldorf Inspired School
  • Founder of 3 Tender Steps Preschools in Pune
  • The Immediate Past Area C3 Director in District 98 Toastmasters International
  • President Elect 2021-22 of Rotary Club of Pune Baner
  • A Message to Parents

    Dear Parents,

    I often wonder why is it that we do what we do? The best answer that I have come up with for what I do is if the society requires it and I can provide it, that is indeed what should, no what m be done.

    To this end, we decided to bring a Waldorf Kindergarten progressing every year in the grades to Nagpur.

    Now you may be wondering why I feel that society requires such a school.

    This answer didn’t come easy to me. I have been ruminating on this since 3 years after I saw a Waldorf school in London on a walk to the apartment I was staying in.

    We have regular mainstream schools running too which is also what society requires. But a country is made up of a diverse set of people. All 5 fingers are different and when they are clenched these can deliver a solid punch. Now if we wish to change all the schools to the ideal school overnight, is that what society requires - an emphatic no.

    However, there certainly is space for a school with Waldorf principles that can churn out a different kind of individual who can assimilate seamlessly in the mainstream.

    I wish for parents the very best in their quest to bring up their child in the best way they can!
    Thank you
    Sanket Saraf

    Why Waldorf

    The heart of the Waldorf method is that education is an art. It must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and his will must be reached, as well as the mind.


    The Art of Thinking, Feeling, and Doing

    A unique methodology that manifests through the mix of Academics, Arts, and Practical skills. When most of the schools focus just on the academics and intellectual side of it, Waldorf believes in a threefold learning process- Engaging Head, Heart, and Hands.

    Nurturing and Engaging every Child

    "If We’re Moving, We’re Learning"

    Every Child is unique and so are their abilities. Waldorf believes in the joy of learning and makes sure that every child experiences the same. The idea is to inspire the children through the spirit of experiential learning and to make them ready for the practical world.

    Beyond the classroom

    At NWIS, education is not measured by competition or term end marks but is viewed as preparation for the lifelong journey. The approach responds to a child's natural interest in the world and a sense of wonder through years of exploration invention and discovery. This enables the Waldorf child to forge deeper relationships in life and to what we refer to as social sculpting.

    Championing Unhurried learning - An Age appropriate learningProgram & Workshops

    A focus on real rather than virtual experience to support the child in forming a healthy relationship to the world.



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