Froebel in Childhood Practice (Midlothian): Results from the First Cohort

Report by Jacqueline Matthew

The first cohort of Froebel in Childhood Practice students in completed their course in May 2018 receiving their certificates from Lynne McNair, OBE and Jane Whinnet, MBE at an enjoyable ceremony held in the historic Scottish Mining Museum.

As part of their final assessment, the students each designed a poster describing and illustrating projects they had undertaken in developing the Froebel approach within their place of work. Poster themes ranged from singing with babies to growing vegetables, to woodwork, to play in the woods and intergenerational projects such as one which explored ideas of community with nursery children joining elderly people at a lunch club. (Click on the posters in the gallery below to view them individually)

We are now onto training our second cohort of students on the Froebel in Childhood Practice course – even bigger than the first – and are currently operating a waiting list for cohort three beginning in September this year as the course has grown in popularity! We are already seeing the benefits of this wonderful course as practitioners begin to embed Froebelian principles into their practice across settings in Midlothian.

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