We offer a unique, highly respected series of short courses for educators and carers in nursery schools and early years settings.
The Froebel Trust courses have strengthened my principles in sustaining a child-centred and holistic approach to learning and development through play.
Learning through play is at the heart of a Froebelian approach to early years practice.
Our courses will take you and your team on an energising journey – supporting your work with young children, building on your knowledge and expertise.
A Froebelian approach to early education recognises the importance of play, learning through nature, practical hands-on learning and nurturing a child’s connection to their community.
Froebel Trust Short Courses are practical, hands-on courses which inspire and develop knowledgeable, nurturing and reflective educators.
Our highly experienced Froebelian tutors will teach our Short Courses in your school or setting, ensuring they are relevant to your local context and community.
The courses introduce Froebel’s main ideas and educational approach - we call them the ‘Elements’ of Froebelian practice.
Interested in booking a short course?
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After finishing the Froebel Trust Short Courses, I feel enthused and motivated about the simple changes I can make to improve my practice and the learning environment.
Each Element takes two days to complete with two of our tutors visiting your setting or a local venue. You can choose training dates that best suit your team.
Elements can be booked individually or in a block. We just ask that you complete Element 1 (An introduction to Froebelian practice) before booking any of the others.
What makes our Short Courses so special is the expertise, knowledge and experience of our trainers – known as the Froebel Travelling Tutors. The team of tutors includes headteachers, practitioners, early years leaders, teacher trainers, university lecturers and early years specialists. The team is led by Dr Stella Louis who was named Trainer of the Year at the Nursery World Awards 2023.
The Short Courses were created by world-leading Froebelian educator, Professor Tina Bruce who is senior advisor and mentor to the Travelling Tutor team. Our courses reflect the Education Endowment Foundation's recommendations on 'what makes professional development work'. Our courses:
- Build knowledge
- Motivate educators
- Develop teaching techniques
- Embed practice
Education Endowment Foundation, Guide to Effective Professional Development in the Early Years, April 2023
All the Elements include plenty of practical activities.
We don’t ask for course participants to have any prior knowledge about Froebelian education.
No written assignments are required as part of our courses.
The courses are created for everyone who works with babies and young children – regardless of their level of experience or prior qualification.
Looking for an online course?
Our online courses are delivered via live interactive sessions led by our experienced tutors. These start in September each year.Find out more
Course costs and booking information
This was one of the best courses and training I have ever done... the tutors gave us so many great ideas!
All our Travelling Tutors are skilled at tailoring the courses to meet the needs and expectations of different groups. Their teaching always starts from the course participants’ current knowledge and local circumstances, cultures and curriculum frameworks.
Dr Stella Louis
Development Officer & Lead Tutor
Dr Amanda Norman
Dr Lucy Parker
Dr Kate Smith
Dr Fengling Tang
Jane Whinnett MBE
The Froebel Trust Short Courses have improved our practice, shaped our environment and our staff teams. They have inspired us to learn more, know more and do more!