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Froebel Certificate in Early Childhood

Start date:


Hybrid teaching


October 2024 – July 2025

Froebel Certificate 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.


£1,240. Courses are provided in partnership with the Froebel Trust.

See more under 'Bursary'.

About the course

The course is offered at two levels to meet the needs of participants with a range of backgrounds and experience.

  1. Froebel Professional Practice Certificate (level 4) in Early Childhood
  2. Froebel Professional Development Certificate (level 6) in Early Childhood

Level 4 is open to all those with relevant experience (two years or equivalent) of work with young children in any setting.

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.

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.

If you have further queries about the course, please contact the course convenor Dr Fengling Tang: f.tang@roehampton.ac.uk and froebelcertificates@roehampton.ac.uk.


The course tutors include members of teaching staff from Early Childhood Studies courses within The School of Education, Froebel College, University of Roehampton.

The course starts at the end of October 2024 and finishes in July 2025 when final course work is submitted. Please note that these dates are provisional and may be subject to change.

Attendance is key to successful completion of the course. For students living at a distance from London, tutorials can be arranged via virtual meetings and it is possible that visits to local settings can be organised. There will also be opportunities for students to participate in research seminars and Froebel Network events over the course.


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 of 3,000 words

The course fee for the academic year 2024-2025 is £1,240. The courses are provided in partnership with the Froebel Trust. 

Froebel Trust provides bursaries to help with tuition fees. Successful applicants will be awarded £550 and only need to pay the remaining £690.

The course is aimed at all those working with young children from birth to six years old, who wish to deepen their understanding of a Froebelian approach and to use this to reflect on and develop their practice.

The course is offered at two levels to meet the needs of participants with a range of backgrounds and experience. We have had participants from the UK and abroad with various job titles such as:

  • Preschool Baby Room Leader/Manager
  • Infant School Teaching Assistant
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Nursery School Room Leader
  • Deputy Head/Head of nursery
  • Children Centre Assistant head/Headteacher
  • Early years practitioner
  • Primary School teacher assistant
  • EYFS Lead
  • Reception Teacher
  • Special Needs Assistant
Autumn term taught sessions 2024

18:00-21:00 Wednesday 3rd October 2024
18:00-21:00 Wednesday 17th October 2024   

18:00-21:00 Wednesday 6th November 2024
18:00-21:00 Wednesday 20th November 2024

18:00-21:00 Wednesday 4th December 2024
Spring/summer term taught sessions 2025

18:00-21:00 Tuesday 21st January 2025       

18:00-21:00 Tuesday 4th February 2025
18:00-21:00 Tuesday 25th February 2025

18:00-21:00 Tuesday 13th May 2025
Course visits to Froebelian early years settings autumn 2024 and spring/summer 2025 November-December 2025 (TBC)
February/March 2025 (TBC)
March 2025 (TBC)
April 2025 (TBC)
Assessment deadlines

Individual presentations:
10:00-17:00 Saturday 7th June 2025

Reflective diary submission:           
Wednesday 16th July 2025

What do our graduates say?

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

"Even after completing 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."


Download an application form

Send completed application forms to cpdeducation@roehampton.ac.uk and froebelcertificates@roehampton.ac.uk