The experiences we have as young children shape the rest of our lives. We believe in the importance of play, learning through nature, practical hands-on learning and nurturing a child’s connection to their community.

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Pioneering early childhood education

Friedrich Froebel was the inventor of kindergartens and a pioneer of early childhood education and care. Froebel’s work and writing changed the way we think about and value early childhood.

Find out about how the principles of his work are relevant to modern, mainstream early years educational practice.

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Open for applications

Funding for early years educators and researchers

We are welcoming applications for our Open Call Research Grants scheme and our new practice led research small grants programme for early years educators. Applications close on 23 September 2021.

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To learn a thing in life and through doing is much more developing, cultivating and strengthening than to learn it merely through the verbal communication of ideas.

Friedrich Froebel