Announcing The Kindergarten Heritage Collection of New Zealand

The Kindergarten Heritage Collection of New Zealand was launched in late 2016 and is a vibrant, ongoing history project of the country's national kindergarten organizations. The items selected for the launch are exemplars of the kind of material intended for preservation and collection. (more…)

Academics vs. Play: The False Dilemma That Some Principals Face (NAEYC blog)

Researchers Shayna Cook and Abbie Lieberman report on the results of their investigations into whether and how US elementary school principals (primary school head teachers) understand play as learning. The news is not good!  As Cook and Lieberman report, "the majority of principals felt pressured to limit play time in pre-K, kindergarten, and the early grades to focus on acade...

New Book: ‘The Translatlantic Kindergarten’ by Ann Taylor Allen

Oxford University Press has published a new book by renowned historian (and IFS plenary speaker) Professor Emerita Ann Taylor Allen entitled The Transatlantic Kindergarten: Education and Women's Movements in Germany and the United States (2017) As the Press's website explains, "In this elegant book, Ann Taylor Allen presents the first transnational history of the kindergarte...

Froebel Trust Grants Programme 2017

The Froebel Trust Research Grants Programmes (Froebel Fellowships, PhD bursary, research mapping exercise and research grants) are now live on the website and open for applications. The application deadline is 1 July 2016 – apart from the PhD bursary which is 3 June.  For details of the Research Grants Programme, see www.froebel.org.uk/grants/ The Trust is a charitable b...

Our Aims and Purposes

The IFS is an international forum for the development of play-based and child-centred educational theory and practice, in particular that associated with Kindergarten founder Friedrich Froebel.  We serve as a major international clearinghouse for expertise and information on the subject of play-based and child-centred early education. We actively seek to establish opportun...

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