Froebel today

Our mission is to promote the value and relevance of Froebelian principles in the 21st Century to the education and learning of children up to the age of eight. 


Friedrich Froebel is famous for his radical insight that the first learning experiences of the very young influence not only their later educational achievements but also the health and development of society as a whole.  


Froebelian education today is based on the principles, pedagogy and environment promoted by Froebel. Many of these have become widely accepted and embedded in mainstream practice.


Froebelian principles

We are committed to advancing the following Froebelian principles for the education and care of children up to the age of eight:


  • The integrity of childhood in its own right
  • The relationship of every child to family, community and to nature, culture and society
  • The uniqueness of every child's capacity and potential
  • The holistic nature of the development of every child
  • The role of play and creativity as central integrating elements in development and learning
  • The right of children to protection from harm or abuse and to the promotion of their overall well-being





We are sad to announce the death of Lynne Bartholomew, the Founding Head of Redford House Nursery. This work place nursery served both the University of Roehampton and Queen Mary Hospital and developed an international reputation. Children of staff and students in both the University and the Hospital attended and received loving care in a deeply educationally conducive context. Lynne trained with FEI and lectured at the Froebel College. Students visited the nursery as part of their studies and Lynne was an important influence on the staff in keeping young children high on the agenda. She will be greatly missed.



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