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.
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.
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.Learn more
News and events
Applications open for new PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University
An opportunity to investigate how Froebel’s Gifts support the development of young children’s understanding of space, shape and number.
Finding Froebel: Fatma Busra Aksoy-Kumru
The first of a new series of profiles of educators, researchers and students - sharing what it is about a Froebelian approach to early childhood education that inspires them i...
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.