Oliver Thomas Nursery School and Children's Centre have been awarded a Froebel Trust grant to develop nature based experiences for children and the local community at their inner London nursery.
This maintained nursery school in Newham, London is developing their Froebelian practice and keen to extend their children's interest in nature.
Using a froebel trust grant, the project leaders will provide training for their staff, allowing them to deliver nature based experiences for children according to the Froebelian approach. They plan to use the setting's garden (focusing on the Froebelian occupation of woodwork), time around the fire pit and will also organise trips for the children. The practitioners will then aim to develop Froebel's occupations in the setting focusing on woodwork and a fire pit.
The school plans to include the wider community in this initiative using their outreach team. Children and families will be invited to outdoors sessions where a Froebelian approach to outdoor learning will be introduced. The educators are also planning to hold community events at their nursery school, to engage the wider community in their work.
A final report from this project will be shared here in March 2024.