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. It also offers progression to level 7 (Masters level) for those wishing to take their studies further.

The course fee for the academic year 2020-2021 is £1021. The courses are provided in partnership with the Froebel Trust . For the academic year 2020-2021, the Froebel Trust provides £2500 funding in total for five applicants (£500 funding available for each of the five applicants with successful applications). Applicants will need to pay the course fee £1021 if they are accepted by the course but are unsuccessful to get the Froebel Trust funding of £500.

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 September 2020 and finishes in July 2021 when final course work is submitted. The 2020-2021 course indicative dates are below. Please note that these dates are provisional and may be subject to change.

Autumn term Wednesday afternoon sessions at University of Roehampton 14:00-17:00 Wednesday 23rd September 2020
14:00-17:00 Wednesday 30th September 2020
14:00-17:00 Wednesday 7th October 2020
14:00-17:00 Wednesday 18th November 2020
14:00-17:00 Wednesday 25th November 2020

Spring term Wednesdayafternoon sessions at Sheringham Nursery School

14:00-17:00 Wednesday 27th January 2021
14:00-17:00 Wednesday 17th February 2021
14:00-17:00 Wednesday 24th February 2021
14:00-17:00 Wednesday 12th May 2021

Course visits to innovative early years settings in London Wednesday evenings

18:00-20:00 Wednesday 4th November 2020
18:00-20:00 Wednesday 10th March 2021
18:00-20:00 Wednesday 28th April 2021

A Saturday course visit to Annan, the Froebel School, East Sussex

10:00-16:00 Saturday 20th March 2021

Individual Presentation day at Sheringham Nursery School

10:00-17:00 Saturday 29th May 2021

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. Considering the health pandemic crisis, there are plans in place to mitigate the impacts of Covid-19 that might have on teaching and learning for the academic year 2020-2021.

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 Schools
  • 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
  • Movement, song, rhythm and rhyme
  • 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) with written summary [500 words]
  • 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 2020-2021 is by 14th August 2020 and applicants will be notified the results by 31st August 2020.

Further queries?

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