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Discover the latest in early education research and practice development from the Froebel Trust. Join us for a day packed with interactive sessions, sharing inspirational practice.

Froebel Trust Conference 2021
Growing through play

Online. Saturday 6 March. 9am - 4pm

Special notice (posted 5 February): All 3,000 tickets for this event have now been allocated. If you would like to join the waiting list please email

Any returned or cancelled tickets will be allocated to those registered on the waiting list.

This conference has been created for all those who work in early years education and care for young children. All are welcome. Certificate of attendance available to those wishing to develop their CPD portfolios.


9am Welcome from the Froebel Trust

9.05am Young Voices on Covid Session Chair : Sally Cave
An exploration of the Froebel Storytelling Approach in support for young children through the Covid-19 pandemic Chris Pascal and Tony Bertram (Centre for Research in Early Childhood)

10am Nature Play - connecting young children & their adults in the great outdoors Session Chair : Helen Tovey
Mini Muddy Fingers (Plant. Create. Play. Educate) Louise Strong (NECA) & Kate Razzall (Froebel Travelling Tutor)
Forest Skills Julia Dixon (Inclusion and Wellbeing Service, West Lothian)

11.20am Musical Play - how songs, music and movement build relationships in early childhood Session Chair : Holli Williams
Let’s Play Samantha Lane (Little Angel Theatre)
Singing with Baby Rachel Tonkin (Family Lives)
Mapping Emerging Musicality, exploring musical development in the early years Angela Voyajolu, (University of Roehampton)

1.15pm Slow Pedagogies - making the case for slower pedagogies with time to wallow in play Session Chair : Sacha Powell
Slow Knowledge and the unhurried child: time for slow pedagogies in early childhood education Alison Clark (Honorary Research Fellow at Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education and Visiting Associate Professor at the University of South-Eastern Norway)

2.10pm Froebelian Approaches in the Nursery Community - working with families in early years settings Session Chair : Jane Whinnett
Connect – A nursery community approach to play Elaine Fullerton (Hope Cottage Nursery School)
A Collegiate Enquiry-Based Approach to Developing Froebelian Principles and Occupations: Sewing and Clay Catriona Gill (Greengables Nursery School)
Staff CPD to Develop Musicality in a Froebelian Setting Debby Hunter (Annan School)

3.55pm Closing remarks from Jane Whinnett, Froebel Trust

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"The game at this age is not just playing, it is the highest level of child development; it is very serious and has deep meaning. Cultivate and nourish it. Protect and look after it."

Friedrich Froebel

Froebel Trust Conference 2021

Saturday 6 March

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