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 2018

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 are also running two open courses in Edinburgh - an intensive summer course in July 2018 and an equivalent academic year course from Autumn 2018 to Spring 2019.

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

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 Sessions 2018



Day 1

Tuesday 17 July 2018


Day 2

Wednesday 18 July 2018


Day 3

Thursday 19 July 2018


Day 4 Friday 20 July 2018 1000-1600
Nursery visit at Cowgate Under 5's Centre Saturday 21 July 2018 1000-1600
Assignment 1 deadline Monday, 27 August 2018 1700
Assignment 2 deadline Tuesday, 4 December 2018 1700
Assignment 3 deadline - poster presentation Thursday, 31 January 2019 1700

Froebel Edinburgh Course - Academic Year 2018/19

Sessions Running throughout Academic Year 2018/19



Day 1

Saturday 6 October 2018


Tutorial 1

Wednesday evening 24 October 2018


Tutorial 2

Wednesday evening 7 November 2018


Visit 1 Wednesday evening 14 November 2018 1700-1900
Day 2 Saturday daytime 17 November 2018 1000-1530
Visit 2 Wednesday evening 21 November 2018 1700-1900
Tutorial 3 Wednesday evening 5 December 2018 1700-1900

Tutorial 4

Wednesday evening 16 January 2019


Assignment 1 deadline

Wednesday 16 January 2019


Day 3

Saturday 2 February 2019


Visit 3/Poster Session - Group 1

Wednesday evening 27 February 2019


Visit 3/Poster Session - Group 2 Wednesday evening 6 March 1700-1900
Day 4 Saturday 16 March 2019 0900-1200

Tutorial 5 (Individual time slots)

Wednesday evening 3 April 2019


Assignment 2 deadline

Tuesday 30 April 2019 1700

Presentation Evening

Wednesday evening 5 June 2019


Assignment 3 deadline Wednesday 5 June 2019 1700

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

Bookings for our current courses have now closed.  Please complete the application form to register your interest for our Summer 2019 and Academic Year 2019/20 courses and we will contact you when the dates are confirmed. 

Apply for a place

Course fees

Course fees for both the summer course and the course running throughout the 2018-19 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 please see our guidelines below.  You should use the 2018-19 SAAS application form.


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