A principled approach to childhood

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The Trust promotes the continuing value in the 21st century of the following principles to the education and learning 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


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.


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