A degree course for those who want to develop an advanced and critical understanding of Froebelian principles and other contemporary early years pedagogies.

Edinburgh Pathway Degree: MSc Education (Early Childhood Practice and Froebel)


Froebel Trust bursaries are available.

This pathway is for those who have an interest in early childhood education and want to gain an advanced and critical understanding of Froebelian principles and other contemporary early years pedagogies.

This pathway celebrates and responds to an international trend of recognising the importance of the early years, an increased focus on policy and research in this field, and a growing professionalisation of the practice sector globally.

Drawing on interdisciplinary perspectives from childhood practice, pedagogy, sociology, education, social policy and law, you will address questions such as:

- What does a Froebelian principled approach to working with young children entail?
- How can early years practice and policy recognise the integrity of childhood and the holistic nature of children’s development?
- What does effective leadership and management in the early years look like?
- How can early childhood education promote social justice and inclusion?
- What is the role of play and creativity in early childhood education?
- How do we promote the human rights of young children?

If you are interested in early childhood practice, in particular, the work of Friedrich Froebel and other contemporary early years pedagogies and social justice approaches, this pathway is for you. Froebelian pedagogy promotes a principled approach to working with young children, which resonates strongly with the field of childhood studies and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The pathway has been designed to help students think about current developments in early childhood education. It will appeal to those who want to make a positive contribution to practice, policy and research on children’s learning, development and rights, play, outdoor learning, equitable practices, participation and integrated working.

You can find more information at: www.ed.ac.uk/education/graduate-school/taught-degrees/msc-education/structure/early-childhood-practice-froebel-pathway

E: lynn.mcnair@ed.ac.uk