Moray House School of Education and Sport

Froebel and childhood practice course

This course is designed for professionals working in early education wanting to learn about Froebelian methods and improve their practice.

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 and 2020

Venue: Moray House School of Education and Sport, 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 this year - an intensive summer course which took place in July 2019 and an equivalent academic year course from Autumn 2019 to Spring 2020. 

Next year's intensive summer course will run from 14 to 18 July 2020 and our 2020/21 academic year course will begin on 10 October 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

Edinburgh Course (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 

Friday 31 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

Thursday 14 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.

Course fees

The course fee is £850. Please note that this only includes 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.  

Register your interest for the next course 

To register your interest for either our summer 2020 intensive course or our academic year 2020/21 course please submit our online form: 

Register your interest

If you require any further information please contact or 0131 651 4842.

Quotes from past participants

I would love every person working with children in Early Years and Child Care to have the opportunity to experience this course.

course participant 2019

I cannot find anything to improve this was the best piece of CPD I have ever undertaken and would recommend to anyone. There is a real sense of achievement at the end through your project work and meeting like-minded colleagues who can share practice across authorities is fantastic.

course participant 2019

This course has completely changed my life. I have changed my career path and this course gave me the confidence to do so.

course participant 2019

Loved the course, it's inspired me to make changes for the children.

course participant 2018