Dr Stella Louis, Lead Tutor of the Froebel Trust Short Courses, has been named 'Trainer of the Year' at the Nursery World Awards 2023. She was also honoured with the Nursery World Lifetime Achievement Award at this prestigious event.

Dr Stella Louis received a standing ovation from colleagues representing the early years sector at the Nursery World Awards held in London on 30th September 2023.

Stella received two awards:

- Trainer of the Year 2023

- Lifetime Achievement Award

Both awards recognised Stella's ongoing dedication to supporting educators, young children and families - and her commitment to a Froebelian approach to early childhood education.

"Stella's passion for the rights and needs of young children can be seen throughout her career; in her unquenchable fascination with the patterns of learning children demonstrate in their play..." July Manning-Morton

Dr Stella Louis at work with the Froebel Trust team of Travelling Tutors

Stella leads our team of Froebel Trust Travelling Tutors. She continues to develop our Short Courses, working with early years settings, nursery schools, local authorities, government departments and charities. These are unique courses for educators working with babies and young children - introducing Froebel’s main ideas and educational approach. They are hands-on courses with a focus on the practical.

"These courses give educators the tools and the words to develop and articulate their practice."
Dr Stella Louis, Lead Tutor, Froebel Trust Short Courses

Stella is also an author with a particular interest in observation and its part in developing early learning, especially through children’s schemas.

You can download her Froebel Trust pamphlet 'Observing young children' for free.

Stella has worked with educators and schools both in the U.K. and internationally - including South Africa and Australia, where she has worked with teachers to develop a Froebelian approach to teaching and learning.

Dr Stella Louis working with educators and young children in early year settings in South Africa

Everyone at the Froebel Trust sends our congratulations and thanks to Dr Stella Louis for her ongoing work with young children, schools, communities and educators around the world - and for her commitment to keeping play and a Froebelian approach at the heart of early childhood education today.

Froebelian friends and colleagues celebrate Dr Stella Louis' awards at the Nursery World Awards 2023 - (L to R) Gaynor Brimble, Helen Adams, Emma Short, Sacha Powell, Sally Cave, Annamaria Bevan, Oksana Lissovets, Bev Dickinson, Rachna Joshi, Holli Williams

Interested in booking a Froebel Trust Short Course with Dr Stella Louis?

Our Short Courses have been running for over 7 years and in 2022/23 we provided over 1,250 course places for educators in early years settings and schools across the UK.

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