Froebel Trust Publications


By Professor Rosie Flewitt and Dr Kate Cowan


Documenting children’s learning in today’s world

Observing and documenting young children’s learning has a long and rich heritage in early childhood education and care (ECEC), and is central to every early childhood educator’s practice. Keen observation of children at play is vital for educators to make sense of children’s interests and interactions, and informs their planning and pedagogy. 


The ideas expressed in this research are based on the findings of a recent ground-breaking study that was  funded by the Froebel Trust, and carried out by researchers Dr Rosie Flewitt and Dr Kate Cowan at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy, UCL Institute of Education. 

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Engaging under twos with the outdoors

By Nicola Kemp and Jo Josephidou

There is a general concern that children are not spending enough time outdoors. The growing number of very young children in the UK and beyond who now spend time in formal day care suggest that it is important to know more about outdoor provision for under twos. This report is based on the first stage of a research project funded by the Froebel Trust which involved reviewing the international research literature on this topic. 

Where Are The Babies.pdf
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Making Connections with Their World
Outdoor Provision for Under-Twos in Early childhood Settings in Kent

This report is the second stage of a research project, A life ‘in and with nature?’ An exploration of outdoor provision in baby rooms, made possible by funding from the Froebel Trust. The outdoors is central to Froebelian philosophy and practice and, for Froebel, experiences in the earliest period of childhood were particularly significant since the ‘whole being is here only an appropriating eye…’ This research is inspired by his understanding that, ‘Life in and with nature, and with the clear, still objects of nature must be fostered at this time by the parents and members of the family as the chief point of reference of the whole child-life’ and seeks to explore its significance in contemporary practice.

Making Connections With Their World.pdf
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Resources of the Froebel Archive Collection at the University of Roehampton

By Valeria Scacchi


The bibliographic lists below are meant to enhance the accessibility of the Froebel Early Childhood Archive Collection and enable better utilization both by students and academics of the School of Education, Centre for early Childhood Studies and Research, and the Department of Humanities as well as other interested groups such as Mathematics, Geography, History, Dance and Movement and Visual Art.


The resource list  can be used as an integral part of the learning and teaching program but also be of interest to visiting scholars and practitioners based both in the UK and internationally as well as other networks who are interested in Froebelian education.


The resources on this list can be searched though the library catalogue for access and some digitalised version of archival material is available on the Roehampton Digital Library in the Froebel Archive Digital Collection section


The archival material is also available on the archives catalogue page where artefacts and rare books held by three repositories at the University of Roehampton are searchable.

Social and Conceptual Spaces.pdf
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