Network Events Spring 2024

Here's a roundup of upcoming Network events this April,  May and June.

 If you belong to a Network or are thinking about starting one - let others know about any events you are planning! The Froebel Network is the place to promote your event through the Network newsletter, the Network's website Events page, Facebook and X (Twitter).

Wednesday 11th April 2024
Available at 3 times: 

5am  11am and 4pm

  • on-line

Froebelian Leadership Workshop

Join colleagues from around the world to discuss what it means to be a Froebelian leader.

Email with one of the workshop times above to register.

Saturday 20th April 2024

10am - 3.30pm

  • in-person 
  • on-line

The National Froebel Networks
Annual Gathering

Elm Grove Conference Centre
Roehampton Lane
London SW15 5PH
10.00am to 3.30pm

Go to the Booking Information page

Wednesday 25th April2024

 4pm-5pm (on-line)

  • on-line

Second meeting of the new 


Following a first successful online gathering, Froebelian teachers are eagerly anticipating the next steps in their journey towards collaborative learning and innovation sharing Froebelian pedagogy. Attendees of the meeting, hosted by Simon Bateson of Froebelian Futures, came from a wide range of schools and settings across the nations of the UK and this enabled an interesting exchange of ideas and cross-pollination of experiences.

The inaugural meeting was a chance to get to know other teachers in small break-out groups, and to talk together about what a network of teachers might look like.

Teachers discussed implementing Froebelian practices with children over 5, drawing insights from Annan The Froebel School and other educators aiming to develop Froebelian practice in their primary schools.

The online platform, Padlet was an invaluable way to share ideas, in particular for planning a possible structure of future meetings. The group felt a roughly 6-8 weekly interval between online meetings was about right. Despite the virtual meetup format the desire to facilitate visits between different educational settings was also strong.

It was agreed a thematic approach to future meetings would be helpful to give depth and focus to discussions and facilitate the exchange of practical strategies for implementing Froebelian principles beyond Early Years.

The next meeting of Froebelian teachers will be held on Wednesday 24 April, 4-5pm (UK time) - and thereafter roughly every 6-8 weeks.  

Please feel free to share the new member registration link with other colleagues/contacts here.


Friday 3rd May 2024

  • in-person

Using Froebel's approach in today's
early years curriculum

Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm

Location: Guildford Nursery School and Family Centre, Hazel Avenue, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1NR

Join us for a fascinating event where we delve into the world of early years education and explore the relevance of Froebel's approach in today's curriculum. This in-person gathering provides a unique opportunity to learn and exchange ideas with like-minded educators.

Listen to Prof Tony Bertram, Prof Tina Bruce, Dr Stella Louis and Prof Chris Pascal share how Froebel's principles can enhance the learning experiences of young children and foster their holistic development.

In your choice of two workshops, learn practical strategies and insights on implementing Froebel's approach within the learning environment.

Tuesday 7th May 2024

4pm to 5pm

  • on-line

South Downs and Weald Network

Launch Event

Exciting news – New Froebelian network in the South of England!

Have you been exploring or practising a Froebelian approach in Kent, Sussex and surrounding areas, or perhaps you're eager to learn more?

We are excited to introduce the South Downs and Weald Network, a new networking group dedicated to fostering Froebelian practice in the South of England. Our aim is to create a supportive community where educators can come together to learn, share ideas, and inspire one another in their journey towards providing the best possible Froebelian early years education.

Whether you're already well-versed in Froebelian principles or just starting to explore this approach, all are welcome to join us.

Our inaugural meetup is scheduled for Tuesday 7th May, at 4 pm. This online gathering will serve as an opportunity for introductions, discussions, and networking. But that's not all – we have a special guest lined up for our first session: Professor Tina Bruce CBE, a prominent figure in early childhood education and Froebelian pedagogy whose insights will help ignite our passion for Froebelian networking.

Following our initial online meetup, we hope to organise visits to various settings in our area to see Froebelian principles in action. These visits will offer invaluable hands-on experiences and opportunities to see first-hand how Froebelian practice is implemented across different settings.

To join us for this exciting journey, register your interest below and we'll send you a link shortly before the meeting. Whether you are a teacher or practitioner in a setting or studying/teaching about Froebel at a university or college in Sussex or Kent, you are most welcome.

Saturday 25th May 2024 at 9.00am  


Repositioning Power In Early Childhood 

  • in-person

Froebelian Futures National Conference 2024, promises to be a hugely inspiring day, creatively celebrating and exploring practitioner and child-led research and expertise... and setting us up for all things Froebel for the year ahead.

Speakers include Alison Clarke (author, Slow Knowledge And the Unhurried Child), Kay Tisdall (editor, How To Make Rights ‘Real’ in Children’s Lives), Henry Mattias (fresh from the Care Inspectorate), Sacha Powell (Chief Executive, The Froebel Trust), the team at Falkirk's new "Froebel Flagship" nursery, and many more.

Tuesday 25th June 2024

South/West London Froebel Network

  • in-person

Are you an educator based in a nursery school or early years setting in or near South West London? Sharing details of a free event for anyone interested in developing Froebelian practice at their setting or simply learning more about a Froebelian approach to early education.

Our next meeting is being hosted by Helen Tovey, former lecturer at Froebel College, Roehampton and Froebelian author. 

The venue is still to be confirmed but somewhere in SW London. 

Register your interest here and details of venue and times will be circulated as soon as they are announced: