Seminar Series 2020

Our Seminar Series is currently postponed due to the Coronavirus and we hope to re-arrange for the autumn. Updates will be sent to all those who have booked tickets and posted on our website once details are confirmed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 


In  order to expand our public engagement and awareness programme and enhance our collaborative work, 2020 sees the launch of a series of seminars around the country. 


The seminars are an opportunity for our grant recipients based throughout the UK to discuss and disseminate their research or share practice locally. 


Upcoming Events


Where are the babies? Exploring outdoor provision for children from birth to two

Venue: The Showroom Work Station, Sheffield

Date: 27th March, 13.00-17.00


Whilst there has been a growing interest in outdoor learning within ECEC (Early Childhood Education and Care), little is known about provision for under twos. Similarly, despite increasing public concern about young children’s connection and relationship with the natural world, the outdoor experiences of babies and toddlers has been largely ignored. This free seminar will share initial findings from a research project funded by the Froebel Trust focused on outdoor provision in babyrooms in Kent. Aimed to foster collaboration and to raise the profile of this important area of practice, the seminar will also include presentations from members of Early Childhood Outdoors and opportunities to network and share.  It is aimed at researchers, practitioners and any other interested individuals.


The seminar is hosted by the Froebel Trust and supported by Canterbury Christ Church University, The Open University, Early Childhood Outdoors and the Nature, Outdoor Learning & Play BERA special interest group.


This event is now sold out but you can view the 'Where are the babies?' report here



Exploring Froebel’s idea of ‘unfoldment’ in two-year olds using slow motion video data

Venue: Manchester Meeting House

Date: 4 June 2020, 13.30-16.00


This seminar will share data and early findings of the Listening-2 research project, a collaborative research project between Manchester Metropolitan University and Martenscroft Nursery School and Children’s Centre 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 will include an introduction to Froebel’s thinking with a focus on his concept of “living with children”, unfoldment, and the interconnectedness of body and mind. Participants will be invited to watch video clips, and to respond through reflection and dialogue. This will lead to a wider discussion that considers how these everyday moments in the lives of two-year olds might connect to Froebel’s philosophy of Education.


This seminar will now be an online seminar. We will post further details in due course. 



Making the invisible, visible: The emerging voices of babies and two years old in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)

Venue: Farnborough College of Technology

Date: 16 June 2020 18.00-20.30


Development Matters recognises that babies and very young children use a variety of ways to gain other people’s attention and draw them into social interactions. Their cues can be loud or obvious, but they can also be quiet or subtle. This Froebel Trust event, hosted at Farnborough College of Technology, presents the initial findings of two recent PhD studies, which uncover the invisible voices of very young children attending nursery.

The first study explores how babies engage their voices to initiate and sustain interactions with practitioners. The second investigates how two-year-olds in receipt of Government funded early education cope with saying ‘goodbye’ and how they transition into the nursery setting.

The evening will provide an opportunity for those interested in, and working in early childhood education and care to come together to reflect on practice and to make connections with Froebelian pedagogy. 

This event is now sold out

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