Want to know about the work of the Froebel Trust and the latest research in early education and care?

Have a look at our new Annual Review packed with information about Froebel Trust funded projects, our grants and training programmes.

Froebel Trust Annual Review 2020

What's inside this year's Froebel Trust Review?

  • Dr Sacha Powell, CEO, Froebel Trust reflects on the challenges facing the early education sector in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic:
"As we emerge with nervousness and uncertainty from various 'lockdown' situations, debates continue about the most appropriate ways to work with young children and their families in the 'new normal'. How are educators and teachers best supported and supervised in their modified working environments? How do we ensure professional development and research into early childhood continues in spite of the the pressured schedules and dwindling funding?..."
  • The story of the Froebel Trust. 2020 marks 180 years since Friedrich Froebel invented the term 'kindergarten'.
  • The latest in early education research, including:

    Nicola Kemp and Jo Josephidou's ongoing research project, Where are the babies? Engaging under 2s with the outdoors.

    Dr Kristina Konstantoni's current research into community play spaces in her forthcoming report, What would Froebelian play cafes look like?

    Sandra El Gemayel's recently completed ground-breaking research, Childhood and play 'in-between': Young Iraqi and Syrian child refugees' play following armed conflict and forced displacement to the northern suburbs of Beirut and Lebanon.
Sandra El Gemayal's research focuses on how war and displacement affects young children's ways of playing.

  • Case studies of Froebelian early education practice development from around the world, including:

    A Froebel Trust funded project at NECA Community Garden in South Tyneside which explored how parents and carers and their children can learn together through outdoor play and adventure.

    Froebelian Play and Aboriginal Knowledges.
    An ongoing project in Australia developing new ways of embedding Froebelian principles to support pedagogical practice in Indigenous early years settings.

    A unique project at Little Angel Theatre in London designed to encourage parents and carers to play creatively with their children.

Let's Play at Little Angel Theatre. Credit: Ellie Kurttz