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News Home News Archive Events Story Posted: 06 January 2009 Tina Bruce, Professor of Early Childhood Studies, has been appointed CBE in the New Year's Honours List for her exceptional services to early childhood education in the UK. She is the only early childhood educator to have been appointed CBE for early years education. Professor Bruce’s highly distinguished contribution to the field includes writing and editing 29 education books, co-founding the Centre for Early Childhood Studies at Roehampton University and co-presenting the BBC Radio 4 series Tuning into Children. Most notably, she was the coordinator of the Early Years Advisory Group to successive government ministers for children for 10 years, playing an instrumental role in laying the foundations of today’s approach to the early education experienced by children aged 0 to 5 in England. Trained at the Froebel Institute, which has since become part of Roehampton University, Professor Bruce went on to become a Froebelian educator guided by principles that promote a holistic approach to teaching young children including creativity, play and first-hand experiences rather than a narrow approach to the "three Rs". Throughout her career, Professor Bruce has interwoven the Froebelian theory and practice into her teaching, seminars and policy-influencing activities, and is best known for developing the 10 principles of early childhood first published in 1987 in her book Early Childhood Education. Professor Bruce said: "When I was 18 years old I attended the Froebel Institute at Roehampton where I learnt the Froebelian principles for early childhood education. It was one of the most important moments in my life as it gave me the navigational tools needed to guide me through my career – the same tools that guide me today.

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"When I learnt that I had been appointed CBE I was thrilled. I saw it as a very public recognition of the Froebelian approach to education and all the great ideas and good practice that come out of Roehampton University – still the most distinguished centre for Froebelian practice in the UK." Director of the Early Childhood Research Centre (ECRC) at Roehampton University, Professor Kevin J. Brehony, said: "Professor Bruce's CBE is a reflection of her outstanding integrity and her steadfast commitment to the Froebelian principles and values along with their application to the care and education of children in their early years. "Tina is a very 'hands on' Visiting Professor who has contributed enormously to the work of the ECRC. I know the educators at Roehampton University and all those practitioners who have worked with or been trained by Professor Bruce, will join me in congratulating her for this well-deserved award and for joining the very small and distinguished group of honoured academics at Roehampton University." This latest recognition of excellence further strengthens the reputation of the University’s School of Education, which the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) recently ranked third out of the UK’s post-92 universities for research in education.

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