EARLY YEARS & FROEBEL
For information regarding how we embed the Froebelian principles within our practice you can click here to download a more detailed explanation.
Timeless Teachings in a Changing World
Our highly esteemed practitioners and teachers are formally qualified either at Degree level or qualified with an NVQ 3 in Early Childhood Education. They also receive training in the Froebelian principles through the travelling tutors from the Froebel Trust.
Froebel believed that children learn by listening and observing behaviours which they then master and copy in order to interact with their peers or express their emotions. As they get older they can link the natural world with Maths and Literacy, express their feelings through art or dance, it is the adults' role to guide that learning.
The Froebelian approach encompasses a list of principles with which an educational setting should base its foundations on;
Learning and Development
Well Qualified Early Years Professionals
A Froebelian approach is inherently respectful of young children. It views children as powerful learners, motivated from birth to explore, investigate and be curious about the world and to try, through their own efforts, to understand it. Education should build on this powerful urge to learn.
Learning should be meaningful and connected to children's own experiences. It should not be divided up into subjects but should be experienced as meaningful whole so that children can connect new ideas to what they already know. A view of the whole child is paramount, for everything is linked.
Play, talk and first-hand experiences
Play, talk and first-hand experiences are central to young children's learning. Play integrates all learning and is the leading form of development in children, allowing them to operate at their highest level.
Creativity is the essence of being human and its fundamental to learning. Creativity enables children to make connections between their inner world of feelings and ideas and their outer world of things and experiences, and to reflect on them both. Play, imagination and symbolic representation are important features of creativity.
Freedom and guidance
Free movement, free choice and self activity are important, but they should be within a framework of guidance in which the role of the adult is crucial
Direct, everyday experience of the natural world outdoors is essential so that children can learn to appreciate its wonders and begin to understand the interrelationship between all living things. The nursery garden is a rich environment offering potential for all areas of learning
Nurseries and schools should be democratic, respectful communities of learners, where adults and children can learn from each other. They should be closely connected to the wider community of people and places
Relationships should be close, trusting, responsive, interactive and intellectually engaging. They should build on the positive characteristics of each individual child, extending what they can already do , rather than what they are not yet able to do
Well informed and qualified educators
The care and education of young children is essential to society. Young children are entitled to knowledgeable and well qualified professional who are deeply informed about and attuned to the distinctive nature of young children's learning and development. Practitioners must constantly strive to develop their understanding through training observation, research, reflection and discussion.