A short Froebel Trust film about how the team at an early years setting has adopted a Froebelian approach and the difference it's made to their staff, children and families. Produced in March 2024.

A 5min Froebel Trust film. Produced in March 2024

Ely and Caerau Children's Centre in Wales is bringing a Froebelian approach to their work with young children and families. The team of educators based at the centre has been taking part in the Froebel Short Courses (completing Element One of the courses in 2023).

This short film tells their story; staff at the centre share their experiences and explain the difference Froebelian practice has made to them and the children they work with.

Ely and Caerau Children’s Centre is Cardiff’s only Integrated Children's Centre. The centre welcomes babies from eight weeks old, has a toddler room for daycare (open from 8am till 6pm), has two nursery school classes on site for three and four year olds - and offers a wealth of services and groups for local families. The centre aims to improve the health, education and emotional development of young children through an integrated approach. The centre is located on the edge of one of Europe's largest council estates and is in an area which is listed within the 10% most deprived in terms of Income, Education and Community Safety (Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation 2019).

"...something that the Froebelian approach has done for us is help us to make those connections between all the services that we provide in the Integrated Children's Centre, and it's made us more connected. It's lovely that the approach can start from babies and it can involve the parents too..." Annamaria Bevan, Head of Centre, Ely and Caerau Children’s Centre

Find out more about this setting and other Froebel Trust funded projects in our collection of case studies.