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Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

Froebel Certificate in Early Childhood Practice

A CPD course for those working in early education.
Given government initiatives to improve the quality of early education and childcare this course has been designed to provide a continuing professional development (CPD) opportunity to professionals across the education and social services sector.

This course considers how a contemporary analysis of Froebel’s work can provide practitioners with insights into how they can support young children to develop as confident learners. Participants will learn about Froebelian approaches; gifts, play, and relationships in learning contexts. They will be encouraged and challenged to consider how this can enhance their professional practice.

The course is delivered at the University of Edinburgh’s Moray House School of Education through a series of lectures, study days, group tutorials; and visits to innovative early years settings. The sessions are delivered over a series of day, twilight and weekend sessions allowing participants to balance their professional and personal commitments.

Core topics include:
•  Froebel and the Historic Legacy
•  Working in a Community School with under 5’s
•  Frobelian Principals: Practice today
•  A Froebelian Perspective on the Nursery Garden
•  Froebel and Inclusive Education
•  Play and learning for children aged 0-5 years.

Cost: £750 (2017/2018)


For any queries please email:​ or telephone: 0131 651 6114 ​


University of Roehampton School of Education  

Froebel Professional Certificate in Early Childhood

The School of Education runs a CPD course for practitioners and others interested in Froebeleian education entitled  Froebel Professional Certificate in Early Childhood. The course provides 30 credits at either Level 4 or Level 6.  

The course looks at key principles underpinning a Froebelian approach today and what these might look like in practice. It aims to help you reflect on your own practice and to develop and justify an informed approach to pedagogy in the early years.

The course is aimed at all those working with young children from birth to six who wish to deepen their understanding of a Froebelian approach and to use this to reflect on and develop their practice. The course is offered at two levels to meet the needs of participants with a range of backgrounds and experience. Level 4 is open to all those with relevant experience (two years or equivalent) of work with young children in any setting. If you are interested in the course but do not have experience in an early years setting please contact us to discuss which level would be best for you. Level 6 is open to all those with relevant experience (two years or equivalent) of work with young children in any setting and prior study, normally at level 5 or above. It also offers progression to level 7 (Masters level) for those wishing to take their studies further ​


 Fees for £952 (2017/2018). A 50% subsidy from the Froebel Trust means that fees payable by the student would be £476. 

If you are interested please get in touch with course convener who will be able to give you further details:

The Froebel Trust - short courses delivered by Early Education

Froebel Trust Short Courses

The Froebel Trust supported the development of these short courses and the training of a group of Travelling Froebel Tutors endorsed to deliver them. Early Education has been commissioned to manage the delivery of the courses on behalf of the Froebel Trust.
They were designed in response to requests from practitioners in early childhood education for short, practically focused local courses supporting them in understanding, studying and implementing a Froebelian approach to their work in group settings (schools, daycare, playgroups, children centres etc) and home settings (childminders, parents, grandparents etc).

Who are the courses for?
The courses integrate practice and thinking about what lies behind it in the Froebelian tradition. They are appropriate for:
•  practitioners (teachers, early childhood practitioners with a variety of qualifications, childminders)
•  interested academics and specialists in related fields (physiotherapy, health visiting, speech and language therapy, play therapy for example)
•  interested parents and grandparents, who might be childminding in the family, on governing bodies or trustees of early childhood organisations.

How are courses structured?
The short Froebel courses are structured are made up of a mandatory two-day introductory course (element 1), and a series of four optional follow through two-day courses (elements 2-5).
The course duration therefore ranges from a minimum of two days (element 1) to a maximum of 10 days (elements 1-5). Each two day ‘Element’ course is taught by two tutors working together, delivering two days training, approximately one month apart, with a required practical assignment in between. Family is emphasised throughout each element of the course (elements 1-5) with tangible examples throughout.

How is the course taught?
The course is delivered by some of the UK’s leading Froebelians. All are accredited and approved by the Froebel Trust.Tutors encourage the Froebelian approach of individual self activity. Participants are encouraged to locate themselves in their practice. Tutors pose questions about the work practitioners do in relation to Froebelian principles and practices, as well as consider and act on the challenges of implementing Froebelian practice in a contemporary world. ​

What do the courses cover?
The short Froebel courses are as follows:
•  Element 1: Introduction: Principles and Practices of the Froebelian approach to Early Childhood Education
•  Element 2. The Gifts (and modern Wooden blocks) and the Occupations (workshop experiences)
•  Element 3. The importance of engaging with nature and outdoor learning
•  Element 4. Play and the symbolic life of the child, (representation and the expressive arts)
•  Element 5. Lullabies and family songs, finger plays, action songs, movement games - firm foundations for later literacy