We regularly release short films and recordings of our live webinars and Froebel Trust events.
Growing A Nursery From Seed: The First 75 Years
This webinar sees Felicity Thomas and Stephanie Harding discuss their new book, Growing a Nursery School from Seed: The First 75 Years.
Stephanie and Felicity are joined by their critical friend and mentor, Marian Whitehead to tell the inspiring story of Earlham Nursery School, the development of a magical school garden and reveal how they shaped a creative Early Years curriculum.
The book is available from the Froebel Trust as a free downloadable PDF. FT Growing a Nursery School from Seed
Froebel Trust Annual Lecture October 2020
On 2 October 2020, the Froebel Trust held its annual lecture via Zoom, welcoming more than 200 attendees from around the world to hear Baroness Floella Benjamin speak about the importance of loving childhoods where every child feels secure, valued, inspired and included: "Smiling in the Face of Adversity"
Catriona Gill, Professor Carole Bloch, Dr Stella Louis and Dr Sandra El-Gemayel responded to the lecture with insights from Froebelian approaches to education and learning.
Chair of Trustees, Mark Neale introduced the speakers and facilitated discussion of questions from participants.
Webinar: A Celebration of Blocks, October 2020
This webinar sees Jane Whinnett, author of our pamphlet 'Froebel's gifts and block play today', in conversation with Dr Jane Read (Froebel Trust pamphlet series editor), Professor Tina Bruce (Director of the Froebel Blockplay Research Group) and Catriona Gill (developer of the Education Scotland, Being Me through Block Play resource).
Introducing Froebel's Gifts, the panel discuss the relevance of block play in current early years practice and explores what wooden blocks in particular can offer young children and babies.
Froebel Trust Short Courses Taster Webinar, July 2020
The short Froebel courses have been created specifically for use with whole staff teams. Each of the 6 element covers important aspects of child development and learning. These form a practically based bridge connecting to Froebelian theory and early childhood principles so that there is a philosophically cohesive framework.
This webinar explores Froebel, the inventor of the Kindergarten and his beliefs about play and self-activity. It provides an overview of all of the elements with a particular focus on element 4 ‘Play and the symbolic life of the child’. There is input from practitioners who have already undertaken some of the elements.
Webinar: Changing early childhood spaces
This Froebel Trust webinar from Dr Jennie Clement and Sian Sarwar discusses early years classroom space in Wales through a Froebelian lens, focusing on children’s participation in and mastery over their spaces, materials and activities.
It also considers these spaces and principles within the context of schools’ responses to the current COVID-19 experience, exploring the impact of the design and use of reconfigured spaces in relation to Froebel’s principles.
During discussions, the researchers reflect on the potential opportunities to re-engage with Froebel’s approach to the construction of teaching and learning as a way of supporting and enhancing early years education in Wales.
Webinar: Young Iraqi and Syrian child refugees' play
Young Iraqi and Syrian child refugees’ play 'in-between': case studies from the northern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon.
This online seminar draws on key findings from Dr Sandra El Gemayel’s PhD thesis, which was supervised by Prof Rosie Flewitt and Prof Phil Jones at University College London, Institute of Education. The PhD was funded jointly by the Froebel Trust and University College London.
It reports on ethnographic case studies with four young Iraqi and Syrian children living with their ‘temporarily displaced’ families in the northern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, offering unique insights into the children’s family lives, their play and the continuing violations of their rights.
Underpinned by Froebelian principles of the integrity of childhood in its own right, the seminar discusses how the intersection of armed conflict, forced displacement and reduced social status as refugees affect the childhoods and play of young Iraqi and Syrian refugee children in Beirut's northern suburbs.
The webinar closes with discussion of the children’s state of 'in-between-ness', with suggestions for possible ways to improve refugee children’s lives and opportunities to play in Lebanon.
Webinar: ‘Everyone’s a singer until someone says they’re not’
Introduced by Dr Stella Louis, this webinar welcomes Dr Sacha Powell, CEO of the Froebel Trust, to give two readings with responses from Froebelian colleagues.
Reading one: Singing as a Pedagogical Tool
Responders: Marjorie Ouvry, retired early years consultant and Jane Dyke, author of Froebel Trust Mother Songs pamphlet
Reading two: Who do we think they are?
Responders: Stephanie Harding, Froebel Travelling Tutor and Julia Manning Morton, Early Childhood lecturer, consultant and author
Webinar: Exploring Froebel’s idea of ‘unfoldment’ with two-year-olds using slow motion video data
This seminar shares data and early findings of the Listening-2 collaborative research project between Manchester Metropolitan University and Martenscroft Nursery School and Children’s Centre, which has been funded by the Froebel Trust.
The seminar provides the researchers and participants of the project an opportunity to profile the potential of collaborative viewing of slow-motion video clips as a way for parents and early years practitioners to ‘tune into’ children they care for. It is also an opportunity to highlight the particular significance of Manchester historically in promoting Froebelian pedagogies.
The session includes an introduction to Froebel’s thinking with a focus on his concepts of “living with children”, unfoldment, and the interconnectedness of body and mind.
Froebel Short Courses - Impact at Linden Tree Nursery Schools, June 2020
Head of Linden Tree Nursery Schools, Holli Williams explains the differences that the Froebel Short Courses have made to the settings she leads in London. Holli shared her experiences with fellow Trustees and staff of the Froebel Trust during a virtual meeting, held in April 2020.
4th Froebel Network Gathering, April 2020
Professor Tina Bruce reads extracts from her 2020 publication, "Educating Young Children: A Lifetime Journey into a Froebelian Approach" with responses from Alison Hawkins & Catherine Diamond (Inspirational Teachers); Stella Louis and Catriona Gill (Play); Lynn McNair and Sacha Powell (Research and Practice).
Does Birth to Three Matters still Matter? Sacha Powell at MMU, March 2020
To what extent have social and cultural changes impacted the needs of children from birth to three? This video records a presentation by the CEO of The Froebel Trust, Dr Sacha Powell. With a focus on early childhood education and care for babies, toddlers and two-year-olds it celebrates 20 years since the 'Birth to Three Matters Framework' was commissioned. Topics covered include: the rights of infants; data and knowledge gaps in England; the growth of scholarship about infant and toddler pedagogy; and the accessibility of research.
Short Film: Froebel, Steiner and Montessori: A Conversation in Learning Between Friends
The Froebel Trust was delighted to support the V&A Museum of Childhood when it invited experts representing Froebel, Montessori and Steiner educational approaches to work with their education team.
A series of seminars was arranged and a collaborative workshop was delivered at the V&A’s “Future Museums: Play and Design” conference on 19 November 2019. This film documents a conversation between the three experts who share some of the commonalities and unique aspects of the three approaches.
Barbara Isaacs Lecture at the V&A Museum of Childhood, October 2019
Barbara Isaacs in conversation with staff of the V&A Museum of Childhood
Janni Nicol Lecture at the V&A Museum of Childhood, October 2019
Janni Nicol in conversation with staff of the V&A Museum of Childhood.
Tina Bruce Lecture at the V&A Museum of Childhood, October 2019
Tina Bruce in conversation with staff of the V&A Museum of Childhood.
"No Matter the Question the Answer is Relationships" October 2019
The Froebel Trust was delighted to welcome John Carnochan to deliver our 2019 Lecture.
John is a former Detective Chief Superintendent with Strathclyde Police, who co-founded the Violence Reduction Unit in Scotland, which contributed to lowering levels of violent crime in Scotland. Recognising the importance of early experience, John has been actively involved for over 13 years in a range of multi-agency groups, which encourage and support the development of policies and services that will improve young children's environments, relationships and experiences during their early years and as they grow into adolescence.
'Right from the start: play, relationships and learning'
Froebel Trust Inaugural Lecture - October 2018
The Froebel Trust was delighted to welcome Professor Paul Ramchandani, Lego Professor of Play at Cambridge University to deliver our inaugural lecture, 'Right from the start: play, relationships and learning'.
News and events
View our latest webinar: Growing A Nursery From Seed: The First 75 Years
Our latest webinar sees Felicity Thomas and Stephanie Harding discuss their new book, Growing a Nursery School from Seed: The First 75 Years. Stephanie and Felicity are join...
Young children's perspectives of Covid-19: an international human right to be heard
A new study, commissioned by the Froebel Trust, is beginning to reveal Young Children’s Views of the Covid-19 Pandemic. An update from Sacha Powell, CEO, Froebel Trust