We offer a unique, highly respected series of short courses for educators and carers in nursery schools and early years settings all over the UK.
I have gained a greater understanding of Froebel’s philosophy and pedagogy. It has strengthened my principles in sustaining a child-centred and holistic approach to learning and development through play in a relaxed environment.
early years educators attended a Froebel Trust short course in 2019-2020
Froebel Short Courses offer a practical, inspiring and relevant introduction to Froebelian ideas and early years practice. Developed with educators and families in mind, each course element consists of two separate days of training.
Froebel Short Courses cover five themes, which are central to Froebelian approaches to early childhood education and care. We call them the ‘elements’ of Froebelian practice:
Element 1: Introduction to the Principles and Practices of the Froebelian approach to Early Childhood Education
This element must be completed before any of the other courses as it explains the key principles that inform all the other elements.
Element 2: The Gifts (and modern wooden blocks) and the Occupations (workshop experiences)
Element 3: The importance of engaging with nature and outdoor learning
Element 4: Play and the symbolic life of the child, (representation and the expressive arts)
Element 5: Lullabies and family songs, finger plays, action songs, movement games - firm foundations for later literacy
Element 6: Equality, inclusion and diversity from a Froebelian moral lens
This is a new element, launching in 2021.
All the elements include plenty of practical activities and are delivered by experienced trainers, known as the Froebelian Travelling Tutors.
The tutors are led by Dr Stella Louis and are endorsed and supported by The Froebel Trust. The tutors offer a broad range of specialisms from a Froebelian perspective, including - nature and outdoor learning; observing and understanding children's play; early years music.
Interested in booking a short course?
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I feel enthused and motivated about the simple changes I can make to improve my practice and the learning environment
How to book a course
Courses are usually offered for groups of up to 25 participants from one team or setting. The tutors can deliver the courses in your early years settings or local community space and 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.
The Froebel Trust subsidises the short courses. To mark the 180th anniversary of the invention of kindergarten, courses completed in 2020 are available at a discounted rate of £1600 per two-day Element. Please email if you would like to enquire about prices and bookings in 2021.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on how to book a course for your setting.
This was one of the best courses and training I have done...the tutors gave us so many great ideas
Meet our team of Travelling Tutors:
Dr Stella Louis
Lead, Froebel Trust Travelling Tutors
Dr Lucy Parker
The group immersed themselves into the Froebelian method of children’s play and through practical activities on the course have realised that they were already following elements of Froebelian teachings in their settings without realising it.