New addition to the popular Froebel Trust free pamphlet series explores the importance of children's connections to nature. Download for free.

"If we enable the children in our care to foster a healthy vibrant relationship with the natural world, we give them the keys to become the future guardians of the Earth" write Helen d'Ascoli & Debby Hunter in a new free Froebel Trust resource for educators about re-engaging young children with nature.

New pamphlet released on 1 October 2022

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This brand new pamphlet is designed for early years educators and all those who care for and support young children. It explores:

  • ways to develop young children's connections with nature
  • how to involve parents, carers and the wider community in nature projects
  • why experience and understanding of nature were central to Froebel’s ideas
  • developing a sustainable approach at your setting

... and much more!

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Launch event

2022 marks ten years of the Froebel Trust's work as a grant making charity championing a Froebelian approach to early childhood education. We're celebrating with a year of special events focused on young children's relationships and connections with nature. We're calling it a year of exploration!

To mark the release of this brand new title in our popular Froebel Trust pamphlet series, authors Helen d'Ascoli and Debby Hunter are hosting a webinar all about re-engaging children with nature.

Free online webinar
Thursday 13 October 2022
7pm to 7.45pm (via Zoom)

This event has passed. A recording is available to view in our webinar library.

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About the authors

Helen d'Ascoli

Helen is a forest school teacher and author. She has over 30 years of experience connecting children to nature, beginning in the London Borough of Enfield and currently working in Sussex at Annan the Froebel School and for Cultivating Curiosity and Nature Connection Sussex. She is also involved in tree planting projects with the Children's Forest.

Helen is a co-author of The Children's Forest, a year-round connection to nature handbook for parents and teachers, published by Hawthorn Press.

Debby Hunter

Debby Hunter is the Principal of Annan The Froebel School in East Sussex which she founded with her husband Mark Hunter in 2001. She started her teaching career in Roehampton, London where she taught right across the primary age range. Debby is a founding member of the Froebel Travelling Tutors and jointly runs the Froebel Network. She has taken several post-graduate courses in Early Years Education including the Froebel Certificate in Early Years Education and an MA in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Roehampton.

Debby believes learning in nature is of huge importance, today more than ever, and she is committed to providing regular forest school sessions and access to nature for all children at her setting.

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Pamphlets and guides

Our pamphlet series explores a broad range of themes and activities closely associated with Froebelian practice today. Woodwork, outdoor play, observation, block play and much more. All are available to download for free.

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