Froebel Certificate in Early Childhood

  • Froebel Professional Practice Certificate (level 4) in Early Childhood
  • Froebel Professional Development Certificate (level 6) in Early Childhood

The course is designed to introduce you to the pedagogy of German pioneer Friedrich Froebel (1782-1852), who invented the kindergarten in 1840 and advocated 'learning through play' through child-led activities.The course is aimed at all those working with young children from birth to six who wish to deepen their understanding of a Froebellian approach and to use this to reflect on and develop their practice.

Frederich Froebel The course is offered at two levels to meet the needs of participants with a range of backgrounds and experience. Level 4 is open to all those with relevant experience (two years or equivalent) of work with young children in any setting. If you are interested in the course but do not have experience in an early years setting please contact us to discuss which level would be best for you. Level 6 is open to all those with relevant experience (two years or equivalent) of work with young children in any setting and prior study, normally at level 5 or above.

The course fee for the academic year 2021-2022 is £1045. The courses are provided in partnership with the Froebel TrustFor the academic year 2021-2022, the Froebel Trust will provide a £5,000 bursary in total, to be shared between ten students. Each of the ten with successful applications will receive £500 toward course fee and pay only the remaining £545. 

How is the course run?

The course tutors include members of staff from Early Childhood Studies, Early Childhood Research Centre, School of Education, Froebel College, University of Roehampton. The course starts at the end of October 2021 and finishes in July 2022 when final course work is submitted. The 2021-2022 course indicative dates are below. Please note that these dates are provisional and may be subject to change.

Autumn term taught sessions at University of Roehampton 2021 14:00-17:00 Wednesday 6th  Ocotber 2021
14:00-17:00 Wednesday 20th Ocotober 2021
14:00-17:00 Wednesday 3rd November 2021
14:00-17:00 Wednesday 17th November 2021
14:00-17:00 Wednesday 1st December 2021

Spring term taught sessions University of Roehampton

14:00-17:00 Wednesday 26th January 2022
14:00-17:00 Wednesday 9th February 2022
14:00-17:00 Wednesday 23rd February 2022
14:00-17:00 Wednesday 11th May 2022

Course visits to innovative early years settings

Wednesday 19th January 2022
Wednesday 9th March 2022
Wednesday 23rd March 2022
Wednesday 27th April 2022

Assessment deadlines

Individual presentations:
10:00-17:00 Wednesday 25th May 2022

Reflective diary submission: Wedensday 20th July 2022

Attendance is key to successful completion of the course. For students living at a distance from London, tutorials can be arranged via virtual meetings or tele-conferencing and it is possible that visits to local settings can be organised. There will also be opportunities for students to participate research seminars and Froebel Network events over the course.There are plans in place to mitigate the impacts of Covid-19 that might have on course participants for the academic year 2021-2022.

What does the course include?

The Froebel Professional Practice Certificate in Early Childhood (Level 4) includes the following module: EDS030C927Y - Froebelian Principles and Practice (1) 

The Froebel Professional Development Certificate in Early Childhood (Level 6) includes the following module: EDS030X928Y Froebelian Principles and Practice (3)

Particular strands of the course focus on:

  • Froebel's life, ideas and their influence on contemporary policy and practice
  • Environments for learning including indoors, outdoors and Forest School approaches
  • Play and its role in children's lives and learning
  • Extending young children's critical and creative thinking
  • Froebel's Gifts, Occupations and blockplay today
  • Froebel's Mother Songs, movement, rhyme and music in early years practice today
  • Imagination and creativity and their place in young children's learning
  • Partnership with parents and the wider community

How is the course assessed?

Throughout the course you will keep a journal reflecting on the course content and course reading in relation to your own ideas and practice. You will also work on a project to develop an aspect of your own practice in relation to course themes which will be shared with others in a presentation at the end of the course.

The course is assessed through two components below:

  • An individual presentation (15 minutes)
  • A reflective diary [3,000 words]

What do our graduates say?

These days together at Roehampton are so very valuable. All very thought provoking and enlightening.

Even after having completed an MA in ECS I still found that I learnt, understood, reflected, questioned and experienced a lot during this course.

The course was really beneficial to me! In a job interview that I went to recently I used the course as one of my selling points and the interviewer said that they know Roehampton University and they appreciate it.

The course looks at key principles underpinning a Froebelian approach today and what these might look like in practice. It aims to help you reflect on your own practice and to develop and justify an informed approach to pedagogy in the early years.

How do I apply?

Please download an application form here. The completed form should be sent to the Programme Administrator via email:

Please be aware that deadline for submitting application forms for academic year 2021-2022 is by Friday 13th August 2021 and applicants will be notified the results by Friday 3rd September 2021.

Further queries?

If you have further queries about the course, please contact the course convenor Dr Fengling Tang: and