If you've always wanted to know more about a Froebelian approach to early education - and how you might set out to develop practice in your school or setting - then the Froebel Trust podcast is for you!

The Froebel Trust podcast series is created for educators and early years leaders interested in finding out what a Froebelian approach to early education is all about.

The podcast is presented by journalist Colin Kelly. New episodes are released throughout the year. Listen in on a series of inspiring conversations all about early learning and Froebelian practice.

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Episode 1: What does it take to become a Froebelian early years setting?

This first episode explores the difference a Froebel approach can make to young children's education. Our guests discuss ways an early years setting can adopt a Froebelian approach and look at what kinds of Froebelian training and support are available.

Guests: Simon Bateson, Sally Cave, Dr Stella Louis, Dr Lynn McNair OBE, Professor Chris Pascal OBE

Released Feb 2023.

Transcript of Episode One

Episode 2: Inside the Froebel based early years setting

Our host Colin Kelly asks his panel to explain more about the Froebel early years setting. What does it look like? And sound like? How would you know you were in a Froebel based nursery or early years centre? What sets it apart from others?

Guests: Simon Bateson, Sally Cave, Dr Stella Louis, Dr Lynn McNair OBE, Professor Chris Pascal OBE

Released Feb 2023.

Transcript of Episode Two

Episode 3: Recognising children's individuality in early years settings

In this episode, Colin and guests discuss how educators can celebrate difference in early years settings. How can we make sure our schools and early years settings are welcoming places for everyone? And how might a Froebelian approach support early years educators to connect with families, carers and local communities?

Guests: Simon Bateson, Sally Cave, Dr Stella Louis, Dr Lynn McNair OBE, Professor Chris Pascal OBE

Released Feb 2023.

Transcript of Episode Three

Episode 4: Block play for early learning

What is block play? In this episode Colin and guests discuss what block play looks like in early childhood education now - and find out more about the difference it can make to children's learning and development. How is playing with wooden blocks relevant to young children now? And what space and resources do early years settings and schools need to encourage young children's block play?

Guests: Lauren Gray, Paula Phillips, Jane Whinnett MBE

Released May 2023.

Transcript of Episode Four

Episode 5: Taking play and learning outdoors in the early years

Froebel was a pioneering educator who invented kindergarten. The word kindergarten actually means ‘garden for children’. Froebel’s vision was for a garden which offered space for young children's play and exploration, with educators making time for children to be in contact with nature.

This episode explores outdoor play and young children's connections with nature. How can schools and early years settings support outdoor play for young children now? And, what if your setting is in the middle of the city or has very limited access to outdoor space?

Guests: Beverley Dickinson, Janice Marriott, Felicity Thomas, Holli Williams

Released June 2023.

Transcript of Episode Five

Episode 6: Observation and assessment in early childhood education

This episode asks, how can a Froebelian educator navigate assessments, inspections and progress reporting systems in schools and early years settings today? What does Froebelian assessment look like in practice? And how might observing young children help educators to truly see what young children know, understand and are able to do?

"...we need to start with where the child is - and not come from that deficit model of focusing on what they don't know..." Gaynor Brimble

Guests: Dr Stella Louis and Gaynor Brimble

Released July 2023.

Transcript of Episode Six

Find out more about our podcast guest speakers...

Simon Bateson

Gaynor Brimble

Sally Cave

Beverley Dickinson

Lauren Gray

Dr Stella Louis

Janice Marriott

Dr Lynn McNair OBE

Professor Christine Pascal OBE

Paula Phillips

Felicity Thomas

Jane Whinnett MBE

Holli Williams

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