A special webinar recorded on 29 March 2021 celebrates the work of Professor Tina Bruce CBE.

Early childhood educators, working in different roles, explain how her latest book, 'Friedrich Froebel. A Critical Introduction to Key Themes and Debates', applies to their practice and has inspired them as professionals.

The webinar opens with a welcome from Dr Stella Louis (Clip 1) followed by four ten-minute reflections (Clips 2 - 5) from contributors and responses from Professor Tina Bruce.

Clip 1

Clip 1: A welcome from Dr Stella Louis

Dr Stella Louis (Webinar Chair) is a highly respected consultant and author. Stella is lead tutor for the Froebel Short Courses, having led their development in collaboration with Tina Bruce. Stella has written books and articles on a range of Early Years topics, including collaborative supervision, schemas and observation. She is a leading Early Years voice on challenging racism, and unconscious bias in observation and assessment (with Hannah Betteridge).

About Tina

Formerly a Trustee of the Froebel Trust, Professor Tina Bruce is a leading scholar in Froebelian philosophy, principles and practice. She is known and respected internationally for her extensive and accessible writing about early childhood education and her contributions to important policy committees. She is currently a Vice President of Early Education (BAECE), Patron of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), a member of the Executive Committee of the International Froebel Society and a central member of the Froebel Network. Tina has been awarded a CBE by HRH Queen Elizabeth II and a Lifetime Achievement Award by Nursery World.

Tina Bruce's latest book

'Friedrich Froebel. A Critical Introduction to Key Themes and Debates' by Tina Bruce is published by Bloomsbury

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Clip 2

Clip 2: Reflection from Dr Lucy Parker, Cookery from a Froebelian perspective

Lucy is the Deputy Headteacher of Ludwick Nursery School in Hertfordshire and Lead for Acorns Teaching School Alliance from 2015. Lucy has written two popular titles in the Froebel Trust’s series of pamphlets: Exploring Clay and Cooking with Young Children (with Anna Denton). Her doctoral thesis was about the formation of pedagogical beliefs. Lucy is a Director and Trustee of the Froebel Trust.

Clip 3

Clip 3: Reflection from Gaynor Brimble

Gaynor has extensive experience of working in Early Years education as teacher and school leader. For twenty years she has shared her expertise in an advisory capacity, currently as the Challenge Adviser (Foundation Phase) for S.E. Wales Advisory Service. She is passionate about supporting practitioners and leaders to recognise and value young children’s irresistible drive to learn through play; and nurturing their early literacy development.

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Clip 4: Reflection from Professor Marie McLoughlin

Marie is Head of the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education at Maynooth University and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Froebel Society (IFS). She has written and presented on diverse topics, including leadership for inclusion and students as agents for change. She is involved in a Froebel Trust project exploring play opportunities for young children experiencing stressful situations.

Clip 5

Clip 5: Reflection from Sharon Imray and Alison Hawkins

Sharon is the owner of Poppies, a Froebelian early childhood setting in Laurencekirk, rural Aberdeenshire. She has researched and written about the role of storytelling in the development of creativity and narrative role-play (with Karen Clements). Sharon is an advocate of high quality outdoor play.

Alison set up Wester Coates Nursery School in Edinburgh more than 30 years ago and the inspiration for her kindergarten approach comes from Froebel’s philosophy. She has written about her research on storytelling groups (with Moira Whitelaw). Alison is a member of the Edinburgh Froebel Network and is currently studying for an MSc in Early Childhood Practice and Froebel at the University of Edinburgh.

Find out more about a Froebelian approach in a free to download Froebel Trust pamphlet

Froebel's Principles and Practice Today