Details of Early Years Research, Policy and Practice Group events

Thinking with Froebel about the relationship with time in Early Learning and Childcare - 9-10  September 2022

Two-day course with Professor Alison Clark and Dr Lynn J McNair

This course will place TIME centre stage and think about its impact on young children and educators.

Further details + where to register to attend

Book Group

Friedrich Froebel: A Critical Introduction to Key Themes and Debates

Every Wednesday evening, 7pm – 8pm

Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group writing groups

Writing groups take place each week

See 'Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group' events page for details

Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group events

Children's Silences: Froebelian Futures in Conversation with Spyros Spyrou - 25 June 2022

In Scottish policy and practice - and in early childhood studies generally - a huge emphasis is placed on the child's "voice". Nursery practitioners and other professionals are understandably committed to children's participation, to responding to children's preferences, needs and feelings and to developing oracy and literacy skills.

Spring Webinar: Children & Nature - 21 April 2022

The Spring  Webinar was all about young children's relationships with nature - featuring guest speakers Konnie Huq, Professor Helge Wasmuth and Naomi Clarke.

Nurturing self-regulation with Dr Lynn McNair and Carol Cerdan - 30 March 2022

This webinar celebrated the publication of a new Froebel Trust pamphlet which explores a Froebelian perspective on children’s self-regulation.

Froebelian Futures: Who do we think children are? And why does it matter? -19 March 2022

This webinar is part of the Froebelian Futures: In Conversation series - bringing new perspectives to Froebelian thinking and practice.

Leadership Circus - 3 March 2022

This event was hosted by Dr Lynn McNair, Karen Lawson, Sophie Hadaway and Hanneke Scott-van Wel. You were welcomed to enter with curiosity, and a playful attitude to explore whether the circus of leadership is developing the skills we need to work collectively?

Understanding Froebel: Putting principles into practice - 8 Dec 2021

At this webinar Dr Lynn McNair gave us insights into the Froebel Kindergarten approach and how we can apply the principles into practice. Based on Friedrich Froebel’s ideas, “play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in the child’s soul.”

Froebelian Futures - online launch - 23 Oct 2021

Froebelian Futures: Charting a course for Froebel in Scotland: official launch of Froebelian Futures - a brand new training, networking and research programme

Keynote Speakers: Professor Tina Bruce CBE and Professor Wendy Aline Dunlop

Play – why do we do it and why do we stop doing it? - 4 Oct 2021

This Creative Bravery Festival event run by Lynn McNair, Karen Lawson, Sophie Hadaway and Hanneke Scott-van Wel explored what play means, its purpose and why we stop playing through Play.

Vivid Life and Learning: Rendering through lived stories - 22 Aug 2021

This webinar with Dr Lynn McNair explored ‘lived stories’ as a mean of pedagogical documentation and their relevance to the lived experiences of young children and everyday practice of adults who interact with young children in a myriad of environments.

9th International Froebel Society Conference 2021 - 1-4 June 2021

Froebel 2021: Visions of Social Justice, Equity and Integrity in the Year of Childhood

Tuesday 1 - Friday 4 June 2021, 3 sessions spread across the four days, with filming and captioning.

Keynote Speakers: Dr Lynn McNair OBE,  Professor Kay Tisdall

Transitions: A Continuous Journey - 15 May 2021

Virtual Event - Speakers: Dr Lynn McNair OBE, Clair English, Dr Marion Burns, Professor Sally Peters

Childhood and Time -  IX Conference on Childhood Studies - 10-12 May 2021

 Tampere University, Finland - Speakers include: Dr Lynn McNair 

Who Defines Childhood Innocence? Anti-Racist Practice, White Fragility and Effective Allyship in Early Childhood - 10 May 2021

Webinar event co-hosted by the Anti-Racist Early Years Collective (AREYC), the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES) and RACE.ED

Presenters and Facilitators of the Event: The Anti-racist Early Years Collective (AREYC): A group of academics, researchers, practitioners, teachers and community activists working towards promoting anti-racist education across the early years sector. Co-Founders and Co-Directors of the Anti-Racist Early Years Collective: Pavithra Atul Sarma, Khadija Mohammed, Caroline Wagstaff, Kristina Konstantoni and Cara Blaisdell. For more information email us:

The webinar will be co-chaired by Dr Kaveri Qureshi, Lecturer at the Department of Social Policy at the School of Social and Political Science and RACE.ED member, and Dr Marlies Kustatscher, Lecturer in Childhood Studies at the Moray House School of Education and Sport and Deputy Director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES).

Interested in working with us?

Please get in touch with Dr Kristina Konstantoni and Dr Lynn McNair.

Dr Kristina Konstantoni

Dr Lynn McNair