Steiner Waldorf education was founded in 1919, and is continuing to grow and spread throughout the world, keeping true to its fundamental curriculum no matter in which culture it appears, from China to South Africa, South America to Finland. Steiner Waldorf schools offer a real alternative to mainstream education throughout the world, and see themselves not as competitors but as partners, providing a complementary provision, contributing to and learning from other educational practices. Steiner Waldorf education aims to respect the essential nature of childhood and, in the early years, a secure and unhurried environment enables children to develop a range of skills. The education works with the developing child's innate rhythms in such a way that they develop a strong physical body, good motor skills, as well as a healthy regard and respect for each other and the world in which they live.