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Create your pathway

Welcome to your one-stop shop for all things “Froebel” in Scotland, curated by The University of Edinburgh, Cowgate Under 5s (Scotland's national Froebel hub) and partners.

From our Inspiration Directory, powered by early years practitioners, to training, tools, networks and academic study… you'll find something here to take you – and the children and families you live and work with – to a deeper level of play and becoming. These are our “Froebelian Futures”.

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Some first steps...

Drawing of Friedrich Froebel

Discover Froebel

Want to know more about Friedrich Froebel, pioneer of the kindergarten movement? Check out his key principles below, read our beginner’s guide, or dip straight into contemporary blogs and videos from our international team.

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Learn together

Go deeper. Our courses are aimed at early years practitioners of all levels.  They emphasise child-led play, children’s rights and systemic change – and are the heartbeat of our Froebelian community. Some are practical, some academic. Find out more and get started today.

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Looking to connect with fellow practitioners who share your interests? Discover simple, practical provocations for your setting via our practitioner-created Inspiration Directory – and learn more about Froebelians near you through our interactive network map.

We must escape the delusion that insight [into things] is denied to the child and that they lack judgement. True, they may not have the adult's power of deductive thought, yet they have a certain spontaneous insight and judgement, an immediate response, which is for that very reason all the more likely to be right.

- Froebel, cited in Lilley 1967: 78

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