The key feature in developing The Froebel Trusts policy and public awareness work has been the new Innovations Grant fund. Grants support the application of Froebelian principles in new ways and environments in order to support children to play expressively and creatively.
A grant was agreed to enable Home-Start UK to create Specialist Volunteer Hubs and develop a new model of family and child support based on Froebelian principles, to enhance their traditional model of home support. The project uses trained volunteers to support families and young children to develop creative indoor activities and to access outdoor space, creating connections between indoor and out, whilst developing activities in a way that they can discover and develop their individual abilities.
We are pleased to have awarded an Innovation Grant to Family Lives, to fund the development of short, accessible videos to support ‘mother songs’ which will help parents learn and understand the benefits of music and songs to help bond with their children.
The project draws on the Froebelian principle of focussing on development in the early years and the benefits of parents singing with their child to improve relationships within families. A link to the videos will be posted on our website once they have been developed.