Current research

Information about research currently being funded by the Trust is below.

Enacting Froebelian principles in practice

Dr Kate Hoskins University of Roehampton


The aim of this project is to explore the possibilities to protect and extend Froebelian principles in practice. The research will consider:

  • How does localism impact on enactment of Froebelian principles?
  • How has practitioner' early years education and training informed their understanding and enactment of learning through play?
  • What form of policy intervention in early years practitioners’ education and/ or training could protect and extend Froebelian principles in practice?

The project data will provide qualitative insights into the contemporary enactment of Froebelian philosophy in early year’s education, the role of theory in practice, practitioner views on learning through play and their perceptions of their professional status.

Baseline assessment

Professor Mathias Urban, University of Roehampton

This research focuses on the experiences of a group of teachers and head teachers as they piloted the Early Excellence Baseline (EExBA-R), one of the Government approved baseline assessments, in 2014.  The EExBA-R includes two separate parts; the first section is a screening of children’s levels of wellbeing and involvement using the Leuven Scales ‘to ensure that children are assessed at the optimum time within these 6 weeks’ (Early Excellence 2015). The second part assesses ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning, all three Prime Areas [...] covered in the English Early Years Curriculum Guidance (EYFS) and the Specific Areas of Literacy and Maths’.  According to Early Excellence (2015)., EExBA-R was designed to ‘not disrupt settling in routines’ in a Reception class context and information is gathered based on evidence of teachers’ ‘knowledge of the children from a range of means’ including previous settings, parents and observations carried out during children’s first weeks in the setting’.

Read more by downloading the document below


Roehampton Baseline Summary_Jan 2016.doc[...]
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Learning to be Froebelian.pdf
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Life history insights into the early chi[...]
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