Celebrating the importance of connections and relationships between children and nature.

The child should experience nature ‘in all its aspects –
form, energy, substance, sound and colour.


2022 marks ten years of our work as a grant making charity championing a Froebelian approach to early childhood education.

We're celebrating with a year of special events focused on young children's relationships and connections with nature. We're calling it a year of exploration!

Experience and understanding of nature were central to Froebel’s ideas.

Froebel emphasised that children should experience all aspects of nature, not just plants and animals. One of the best ways children can experience nature, he argued, is through their play outdoors in the garden and in the wider natural environment.

Through real life experiences, children learn about the interrelationship of all living things. This helps them to think about the bigger questions of the environment, sustainability and climate change.

Save the date 21 April 2022

On the evening of Froebel's birthday, we'll be hosting a special FREE online event all about children & nature.

Details coming soon
A Froebel Trust special project with Early Education

The Nature Access Project

A new Froebel Trust funded project exploring young children and their families' experiences of playing, learning and being outdoors in nature.

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Latest research

We fund research into the learning and development of babies and young children. Research which looks at play, the natural world, respectful pedagogy, responsive and nurturing relationships, high quality education and training.

Recent Froebel Trust funded research projects have focused on children's connections and access to nature:


Dr Jo Josephidou & Dr Nicola Kemp share findings from their research exploring outdoor provision for children from birth to two attending baby rooms in nursery settings.

Explore our online research library

Discover lots more nature related research projects

Browse our research
Watch this Froebel Trust webinar recorded in March 2021

Want to know more about Froebel, nature and outdoor play?

First published in 2017

Download a free copy of our hugely popular pamphlet, Outdoor play and exploration by Helen Tovey

Further reading suggestions

Nature books for children

Published by Orchard Books, 2021

Ten of our favourite books for young children, all about connecting with nature:

What are your favourite nature related titles for young children? Email us at office@froebeltrust.org.uk with your suggestions and recommendations.

What are Froebelian principles?

A free poster to download and display in your school or setting.

Free to download

Froebel's principles today

Friedrich Froebel was the inventor of kindergarten and a pioneer of early childhood education and care.

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Apply for a Froebel Trust grant

Grants for educators & researchers interested in a Froebelian approach to early childhood education

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

Friedrich Froebel
Froebel in Lilley 1967:128