Pioneers of early childhood education

Early childhood education today has been influenced by key figures such as Froebel, Montessori, Isaacs and MacMillan.  Much recent research has supported their ideas although the ways in which they are implemented continue to evolve.

You can learn more about these thinkers and the contemporary application of their ideas through our books, newsletters and Journals, and our training and events.

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The Early Education Journal

The online back catalogue of our Journals is available to members. Past issues cover the influence of key figures in early childhood education such as the educational philosophies of Froebel, Montessori, Steiner and Pikler or the
the influence of Susan Isaacs and Vivian Gussin-Paley on observing child development.

Core texts

Susan Isaacs' book, The Educational Value of the Nursery School , is a classic work on early childhood education which has been continually in print since the 1930s.  It's just one of the books we publish to support greater understanding of early childhood education.

Pedagogic resources

Our resource pages include information about the educational philosophies of thinkers such as Froebel and Malaguzzi, as well as reflections from contemporary researchers and practitioners.

Local and national events

We offer a constantly updated programme of events at local and national level, both online and in person.    

Further reading

Reggio Emilia

Last updated Spring 2018. The preschools of the Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy inspire us with their pedagogy and practice in giving children rich encounters

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Friedrich Froebel

Who was Friedrich Froebel (1782-1852) Born on 21 April 1782 Friedrich Froebel was a German educator who invented the kindergarten. He believed that “play is

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Cultural capital

This article by Early Education Associate Anni McTavish explores the term “cultural capital”, and what it might mean for early years practitioners and their settings.

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