An early years setting in Wales bringing a Froebelian approach to their work with young children

The majority of the time our children are outdoors...

Beverley Dickinson
Tiddlers Wraparound

The team of educators at Tiddlers Wraparound, an early years setting in Wales, has recently completed the Froebel Trust Short Courses. Tiddlers has gone on to use a Froebelian approach to embed the new curriculum for non-maintained settings in Wales.

This film tells their story and the difference making changes to their outdoor learning has made to young children and their families in the local community.

"Children play outdoors every day, whatever the weather! Our children plant and garden all year around and use the produce that they grow to cook both indoors and outdoors." Beverley Dickinson, Manager at Tiddlers Wraparound

Tiddlers Wraparound has been recognised as a Lead Setting - offering support, guidance and good practice to other nurseries and early years settings.

This 5min Froebel Trust short film was first shared in February 2024

Froebel was a pioneering educator who invented kindergarten. The word kindergarten actually means ‘garden for children’. Froebel’s vision was for a garden which offered space for young children's play and exploration, with educators making time for children to be in contact with nature.

If you're starting out on your Froebelian journey and would like to learn more about outdoor learning with young children:

- take a look at our free to download pamphlet series for educators

- download a free Froebelian Principles poster (available in English and Welsh)

- explore the resources and research in our Children & Nature section of our website

- listen to Episode 5 of the Froebel Trust podcast on taking play and learning outdoors in the early years.

Are you interested in doing a Froebel Short Course?

Take a look at our unique, highly respected series of short courses for educators and carers in nursery schools and early years settings

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The child who has cared for another living thing... is more easily led to care for his own life.

Froebel (1826)