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A free online conference for everyone who teaches and supports babies and young children.

Connect. Nurture. Challenge.

The experiences we have as young children shape the rest of our lives.

This year's conference explores how a Froebelian approach is crucial to improving babies' and young children's experiences in early education.

The conference sessions feature speakers who are leading Froebel Trust funded projects in their nursery schools and settings, alongside researchers who'll be reporting on their current projects and the implications of their work for early years practice and policy now.

Saturday 4 March 2023
9.15am to 12.30

A recording of this conference is available to watch via our webinar library

All are welcome. Certificates of attendance will be available to those wishing to develop their CPD portfolios. There will also be plenty of opportunities for those attending the conference to ask questions to the presenters and comment on session discussions.

Session 1: Connect & Nurture
9.15 am to 10.40am
Chair: Sandra El Gemayel

  • How can we re-connect with families and communities in our schools and settings as we emerge from the pandemic?
  • How can we make sure every child and their family are listened to, valued and welcomed?


Helen Adams & Emma Short are two maintained nursery school leaders from Cornwall. They'll be sharing their experience of using Froebelian principles to develop parents’ confidence in supporting their child’s learning.

Sarah Porter & Nadia Bryaj lead a maintained nursery in Newham, London and they'll be telling the story about how their school garden has helped children to re-connect with nature and the wider school community after pandemic lockdowns.

Judith Ish-Horowicz & Fengling Tang will be exploring what role nurturing young children’s spiritual development could play in our recovery from the effects of a global pandemic.

Session 2: Challenge
10.55am to 12.30
Chair: Amanda Norman

  • What might Froebelian-led reform look like in our current education systems?
  • How can educators make sure the babies and children in our care get the education they deserve?


Susana Castro-Kemp's latest research considers whether Ofsted inspectors value Froebelian principles and asks, what makes an ‘outstanding’ nursery? She'll be discussing the results of her research and making the case for inspection guidelines to "(re)focus on the whole child through play, creativity and imagination".

Simon Bateson & Shaddai Tembo will be introducing their current research project, Diversity in Unity and how they are developing a new framework for schools and settings to better understand how racial inequalities can emerge between children through play - and how they can be challenged by educators.

Alison Tobin, Donna Gaywood, Josephine Gabi, Jennifer Koutoulas & Angelika Popyk share their research about supporting migrant and refugee children in schools and settings. Reflecting on their experience of running workshops to support educators working with Ukrainian refugees, they'll be sharing their mission to "transform Early Childhood Education and Care settings".

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What did our delegates have to say about our last conference in 2020?

"The presentations were all wonderful and such great examples were shared of rich, deep and meaningful practice…"

"…loved the balance of research and academic thinking with the practical application of that knowledge."

"Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your online conference. It was interesting listening to all the different speakers and it has given me ideas/inspiration to use in my own setting."

"A deeply reflective day attending Froebel Trust conference. Thank you for such rich and engaging sessions."

Presenter biographies

Find out more about the speakers at this year's Froebel Trust conference...

Helen Adams & Emma Short

Simon Bateson

Nadia Bryaj

Susana Castro-Kemp

Sandra El Gemayel

Judith Ish-Horowicz MBE

Dr Josephine Gabi

Donna Gaywood

Jennifer Koutoulas

Amanda Norman

Dr Angelika Popyk

Sarah Porter

Dr Fengling Tang

Shaddai Tembo

Alison Tobin

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