Froebelian Leadership

Course overview

This fully funded programme, sponsored by The Froebel Trust, examines original and contemporary Froebelian views of leadership, as well as offering practical skills and peer support to develop your own role as a Froebel-inspired early years practitioner/leader.

Delivered in partnership with Local Authorities across Scotland, participants will consider how Froebel’s foundational principles illuminate contemporary issues, opportunities, challenges and debates about the nature of leadership in general and within early years in particular. It will also consider the role of children as co-leaders in our settings and communities – and the kinds of pedagogies which might underpin this. The ultimate aim of the programme is to democratise, resource and connect a new wave of Froebelian leadership – spearheaded by practitioners – in order to cultivate the systems change required by an ambitious and rapidly growing focus on children’s rights in the law and early years curriculum.

Who is this for?

Practitioners must have already completed the University’s “Practitioner Inquiry” training OR be Froebl trained and working in a senior role in early learning and childcare or policy. Participants are generally invited to apply by their Local Authority leads, but we welcome expressions of interest from any qualifying early years practitioner.

What might I get from it?

The programme is certificated by The University of Edinburgh. We expect that participants will finish the course with a new vision for their leadership role at any level. They will further have acquired key tools, skills and networks to enable them to respond to the opportunities and challenges for embedding Froebelian principles in their settings, regions and national policy frameworks.

How to apply
To apply for this programme please click here.

Dates and time commitment

Commencing in October 2023, the programme will be delivered over 5 two hour sessions, with a small amount of preparatory reading for each session. Following this, participants will undertake a small project to facilitate colleagues in their setting or area to co-design a short inquiry into a specific aspect of practice. Participants will write up their learning from this process in a short summary report, with a focus on their own leadership role and future opportunities and challenges for practice.

Course structure

Includes sessions on Froebel’s Leadership, Contemporary Leadership Models, Theories of Change, Critical Skills for Froebelian Leadership, Project Planning.

Fees and support

This is a fully funded programme in 2023-24, courtesy of The Froebel Trust.


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