Kindergarten inventor's teachings revived in Edinburgh

Five Edinburgh nursery head teachers are driving a revival of an acclaimed 19th century early years teaching method.

The Froebel approach encourages the development of a pre-school child's intelligence and character through play and interaction rather than through dictated teaching.  Young children are encouraged to play and learn with less interference and direct teaching to allow them to be naturally inquisitive and to use their imagination.

Lynn McNair of Cowgate Nursery, Stella Brown of Tynecastle Nursery, Chris McCormick of Cameron House Nursery, Jane Whinnett of Balgreen Nursery and retired head teacher Maureen Baker, formerly of Children's House Nursery, have formed a city network to promote the approach.

City Education Leader Cllr Marilyne MacLaren said:

"The philosophy behind Froebel teaching has a real resonance with Curriculum for Excellence.  We have a great tradition of early years education and development in Edinburgh and I am proud to say that Froebel underpins what we do.

"The appeal of Friedrich Froebel's work is that he was keen to allow children to be children by encouraging their natural curiosity, the fun of play and the desire to learn.  In an increasingly complex, materialistic and highly commercialised world, this is more important than ever."

Read more about the project and about a new Edinburgh University course in Froebellian methods for nursery teachers in this week's Times Educational Supplement Scotland:

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