A new addition to the popular Froebel Trust free pamphlet series explores how educators can use observations to support children's development and learning. Download for free.

A brand new pamphlet designed for early years educators and all those who care for and support young children. This new guide looks at:

  • ways of observing young children at play
  • how to discuss observations with parents, carers and colleagues
  • the use of digital technology in recording observations
  • how Froebel's vision of education developed out of observations of children

Now available to download for free:

You can also email us at if you would like to order a printed copy for £5 (including postage).

Launch event

To mark the release of this new pamphlet, the author, Dr Stella Louis, is presenting a special webinar on Tuesday 25 January 2022 at 7pm. All 2000 tickets to this free event have been sold. If you would like to join a waiting list for any returns, please email

About the author

Dr Stella Louis is a freelance early years consultant. She originally trained as a NNEB nursery nurse and has thirty years’ experience of working with children and families. For the last ten years she has been involved in training educators and is particularly interested in observation and its part in supporting learning, development and teaching.

Stella leads a small team of Froebelian travelling tutors - promoting, developing and delivering the Froebel Trust Short Courses in the United Kingdom.

Stella is author of numerous books and articles including Observing Young Children (Sage), Understanding Schemas in Young Children (Bloomsbury) and How to use Group Supervision to Improve Early Years Practice (Routledge).

Explore more titles in the Froebel Trust series

The Froebel Trust pamphlet series explores a broad range of themes and activities closely associated with Froebelian practice today. Titles include:

  • Outdoor play and exploration
  • Songs, rhymes and finger plays
  • The wonder of woodwork
  • ... and many more

All our pamphlets are available to download for free.

A good observation takes account of what babies and children say and do - not what we think they are saying or doing. It captures the baby or young child as an individual...

Dr Stella Louis