Moray House School of Education

Froebel and Childhood Practice Course

This professional development course for those working in early education 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 including gifts, play, and relationships in learning contexts. Participants will be encouraged and challenged to consider how this can enhance their professional practice.

Froebel and Childhood Practice Course 2019

Venue: Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

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. We are currently running courses in specific Local Authorities, and we will also be running two open courses in Edinburgh this year - an intensive summer course in July 2019 and an equivalent academic year course from Autumn 2019 to Spring 2020.

Course tutors

Course Tutors include Current posts
Stella Brown Head Teacher of Tynecastle Nursery School
Professor Tina Bruce CBE Previously External Examiner for the Froebel-based in-service course at Moray House in Edinburgh
Chris McCormick Headteacher of Cameron House Nursery School
Lynn McNair OBE Head of the Cowgate Under 5’s Centre and Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh
Jane Read Emeritus Fellow at Roehampton University
Helen Tovey Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at Roehampton University
Jane Whinnett Head Teacher of Balgreen Nursery School
Catriona Gill Head Teacher of Greengables Nursery School & Family Centre

Course programme

Core topics will 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.

Indicative Course Schedules

Froebel Summer Course

Summer Course 2019



Day 1

Tuesday 16 July 2019


Day 2

Wednesday 17 July 2019


Day 3

Thursday 18 July 2019


Day 4 Friday 19 July 2019  1000-1600
Nursery visit at Cowgate Under 5's Centre Saturday 20 July 2019 1000-1600
Assignment 1 deadline Tuesday 17 September 2019 1700
Assignment 2 deadline Tuesday 19 November 2019 1700
Assignment 3 deadline - poster presentation Thursday 30 January 2020 1700

Froebel Edinburgh Course - Academic Year 2019/20

Academic Year 2019/20



Day 1

Saturday 5 October 2019


Tutorial 1

Wednesday 23 October 2019


Tutorial 2

Wednesday 30 October 2019


Visit 1 Wednesday 6 November 2019 1700-1900
Visit 2 Wednesday 13 November 2019 1700-1900
Day 2 Saturday 16 November 2019 1000-1530
Tutorial 3 Wednesday 4 December 2019 1700-1900

Assignment 1 deadline 

Tuesday 21 January 2020 


Tutorial 4

Wednesday 22 January 2020


Day 3

Saturday 22 February 2020


Visit 3/Poster Session - Group 1 Wednesday 11 March 2020 1700-1900
Day 4  Saturday 14 March 2020  0900-1500
Visit 3/Poster Session - Group 2 Wednesday 18 March 2020 1700-1900

Tutorial 5 (Individual time slots)

Wednesday 1 April 2020


Assignment 2 deadline

Tuesday 12 May 2020 1700

Assignment 3 deadline - poster presentation

Wednesday 3 June 2020


Presentation Evening Wednesday 3 June 2020 1700-1900

CPD hours

The total number of contact CPD hours for both the summer course and the course running throughout the academic year will be 30 hours.

Book a place on this course

Please complete the application form to book a place on either our Summer 2019 course or our Academic Year 2019/20 course.   

Apply for a place

Course fees

Course fees for both the summer course and the course running throughout the 2019-20 academic year are £850. Please note that the course fee of £850 includes only tuition for the CPD course and some light refreshments. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation, accommodation, and meals.

If you wish to apply for funding through SAAS (Student Award Agency Scotland) please see our guidelines below.  You should use the 2018-19 SAAS application form for the summer course and the 2019/20 form for the academic year course.


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