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Froebel Certificate course at University of Roehampton

The Froebel Certificate course will run again in 2014-2015 at the University of Roehampton, London.

At a time of rapid change in policy and practice in the early years there is an increasing need for practitioners to be able to understand, articulate and justify an informed pedagogy. The Froebel Certificate course focuses on key principles underpinning Froebelian practice in a range of early childhood settings and contexts. It brings together historical and contemporary study of Froebel’s principles and practice in order to help students to reflect on and develop their own ideas and practice.

The Certificate is offered at Level 4 and Level 6 and the cost is £440, including a 50% subsidy from the Froebel Trust.

The course begins with an introductory session in early October. Application forms and a list of draft dates are available from our website:

Seminar: Participation of children in care and protection – UCLan, UK

This is to invite you to The Centre’s final seminar of this academic year. It’s a special event, co-hosted with Lancashire Law School and focused on participation of children in care and protection. The presenters will be Dr Nicola Ross from the University of Newcastle in Australia, and Dr Anne Crowley of Cardiff University. Click here to download the event flyerWe are expecting a lot of interest, so book early!  The seminar is free and refreshments are provided. To reserve a place go to EventBrite at  this will assist with ordering refreshments and notifying you of late changes.

The seminar will be followed by the official launch of our new book Participation, Citizenship and Intergenerational Relations in Children and Young People’s Lives The book launch is free and refreshments are provided.  To reserve a place go to EventBrite at:  this will assist with ordering refreshments and notifying you of late changes.

Click here to download the Flyer for the Book Launch

For other queries email

Childhood Studies, Rutgers-Camden, welcomes 3 new faculty members in 2014

The Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University—Camden, New Jersey,  USA,  is excited to welcome three new full-time faculty members to the program, beginning in Fall 2015, who will build upon and extend an already vibrant program in the interdisciplinary study of childhood and children’s lives

·        Sarada Balagopalan, PhD International Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, New York University. Dr. Balagopalan joins the department as Associate Professor from the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi. Her work on postcolonial childhoods foregrounds the tension between children’s work and schooling as a key site where discourses of colonial modernity, the ‘developmental’ nation-state, late capitalism and current transnational efforts around children’s rights play out. One of the founding editors of  contemporary Education Dialogue, Dr. Balagopalan has published widely on pedagogy, ethnography, globalisation and feminism. Her book,Inhabiting ‘Childhood’: Children, Labour and Schooling in Postcolonial India(Palgrave), is forthcoming in 2014.
·        Meredith Bak, PhD in Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Bak examines the relationship between children and new media from the nineteenth century to the present. She is at work on a book manuscript examining the role of pre-cinematic visual media in cultivating children as modern media spectators, Her work has been published in Early Popular Visual Culture and is forthcoming in Theory of Science. She joins the department as Assistant Professor from Franklin & Marshall College. Before completing her PhD, Dr. Bak worked in museum education and as a teaching artist in New York City public schools.
·        Kate Cairns, PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies, University of Toronto. Dr. Cairns joins the department as an Assistant Professor after completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her research explores the interplay between discursive constructions of youth and childhood and young people’s subjectivity formation focusing on the way that children and youth are constructed as the promise of collective futures. Combining insights from education, feminist theory, cultural studies, and cultural geography, Dr. Cairns has published widely on schooling, arts education, food and consumption in venues such as Ethnography and Education, Journal of Consumer Culture, Gender and Education.

Forthcoming book: Child Labour in Global Society

Child Labour in Global Society, by Paul Close
Bingley: Emerald Group
June 2014 (ISBN 978-1-78350-779-5);

Child Labour in Global Society is a critical response to the modern
educational regime, compulsory schooling and the ‘slavery industry’ in a
globalizing world; to evolving and exploitative notions of ‘slavery'; to
definitions of ‘slavery’ in international law; to approaches to ‘educational
labour’, including in international human rights law; and to cultural,
common-sense and professional perspectives on ‘slavery’ and ‘educational
labour’, in the light of which it is arguable that children’s ‘slave labour’
in modern and modernizing societies is grossly under-estimated and otherwise
greatly, if conveniently, misrepresented.

Play, Toys, War and Conflict conference, University of Greenwich, UK

“Play, Toys, War and Conflict”
Centre for the Study of Play and Recreation,
University of Greenwich
with the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past
May 16th 2014, 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Old Royal Naval College, SE10, 9LS, Queen Anne 075 and 080

This one-day conference relates the ongoing commemoration of the outbreak of World War I in 1914, and any aspect of war and conflict, to the themes of the  Centre , and the associated “Multi-Cultural Toys” project. Themes include play and national and political identity, children’s competition over playthings, to war games, the psychological value or otherwise of enacting conflicts, and play as a survival strategy in war time. Stereotypes of gender and race, sexuality and disability will be considered.

Draft Programme

9.30 a.m. Registration and coffee Queen Anne 075

10 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions

10.10 a.m. Dr Kathryn Gleadle (University of Oxford) “Playing at soldiers and doll volunteers: British loyalism and juvenile identities”

10.55.a.m. Dr Adrian Seville (Independent) “Changing Attitudes to War – the Evidence of Printed Board Games from France”

11.30 a.m. tea and coffee

11.50 a.m. Dr Jeff Bowersox (University of Worcester) “War Games, Colonialism, and Progressive Pedagogy in Germany before the First World War”

12.30 p.m. . Dr Mary Clare Martin (University of Greenwich) ,”War and Empire: Children’s materials and experiences, 1898-1919”

1p.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch

2 p.m. Alice Kirke (Institute of Education) “ Leisure, education and rural regeneration in the Young Farmers’ Club Movement, 1920-1940”

2.30 p.m. Anne Daniels (University of Virginia) “Why We Speak of War to You”: Coverage of World War II in Brazilian Children’s Periodicals

3.00 p.m. Panel: Toys, Play and Memory: Grimsby, Lebanon and Poland post-1945
Dr John Smith (University of Greenwich) Education and Play in Post-War Grimsby
Rania Hafez (University of Greenwich) Playing on the boundary: a childhood across cultures and borders
Dr Ewa Sidorenko (University of Greenwich) Play: Making Do without consumerism in Cold War Poland

4.15 p.m. tea and coffee

4.30 p.m.
Piotr Czosnyka, (Anglia Ruskin University) “A Toy Soldier in Britain 1945 to 1972: A Cultural History”, followed by:
Round Table discussion on toys, war, memory, and the future of play materials.

The conference will be followed by a networking event from 5.30 p.m. to which ALL are welcome.

To book a place at the conference, and/or networking event, or for any other queries, please e-mail