Grant holder
Donna Green, Falkirk Council Children’s services
Project status

Through exploring Froebelian principles in practice, a team of educators developed their knowledge of slow pedagogy. The project developed training and collective collaboration across three settings.

Three settings collaborated in this project (all under Falkirk Council Children’s services):

This project came about in response to Professor Alison Clark's recent research 'Slow knowledge and the unhurried child'.

Slow pedagogy is all about:

  • valuing the present moment
  • being attentive to children’s pace, rhythm and interests
  • enabling children to revisit their ideas and creations, places and stories
  • creating opportunities for children to go deeper in their learning
  • supporting time for observation, listening, reflection and documentation
  • encouraging unhurried everyday routines with time for wonder and care.

By using professional reading the project team wanted to examine Froebel’s concept of 'starting where the child is'.

Families and community engagement are also central throughout this project.

The project team’s ultimate aim is to create a rich culture of collaboration, agency and listening, which embraces all children having time to live and learn within holistic, unhurried nurturing places.

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Meet the author. An online event to celebrate the publication of Professor Alison Clark's new book 'Slow Knowledge and the Unhurried Child'

Thursday 9 Feb 2023 at 7pm
This 10 minute film follows the experiences of the children and staff at the three settings involved in this project. Produced in July 2022.

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Further reading

Froebel Trust pamphlets

Our free to download pamphlet series explores how Froebelian principles can be applied in modern early years practice.

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