The Froebel Trust: Stories from Research and Practice
On 2nd March 2019 The Froebel Trust was pleased to welcome over 100 delegates to our conference which was held at Froebel College, University of Roehampton.
The conference showcased projects and programmes that The Froebel Trust has supported in recent years, and the focus of the day was to highlight key messages for Early Years practice, research and Policy.
We had over 20 presenters who had travelled from South Africa, Australia, all over Europe and the UK, delivering presentations and workshops demonstrating how Froebel’s educational philosophy and principles have been reinterpreted by researchers and educationalists for contemporary Early Years perspectives and practices.
Topics included play, curriculum, pedagogy, parent and community partnerships, space and place, nature and the learning environment as well as a tour of the Froebel Archives.
We received some wonderful feedback, with lots of comments on the welcoming atmosphere of the day. Delegates said they felt inspired, and were able to take away practical ideas that they could apply to their work.
‘I feel inspired by the researchers enthusiasm for the Froebelian approach to early years education'
‘Very inspiring and refreshes core pedagogy. Will share with colleagues. Also good value for money!’
‘Will definitely be auditing my setting and making it more Froebelian, will also be feeding back to colleagues.’
‘Took several practical ideas from workshops to implement in class, books and theories for good practice.’
‘Reaffirmed my own beliefs. Reassuring to hear passionate and knowledgeable practitioners. Encouraging to know that many there are working to influence change in early years practice.’
We would like to thank all of the presenters, trustees and supporters who helped to make the day so successful.
We are pleased to share some of the presentations from the day below.