FROEBEL Australia is proudly a not-for-profit organisation which has been established in Sydney in February 2009 as a subsidiary of the charitable FRÖBEL e.V., based and founded in Berlin in 1990. FRÖBEL e.V. is one of the most highly-regarded providers of modern early childhood education, child care and after-school care services in Germany. We currently operate 140 early learning centres with more than 11,000 children and 2,500 employees – many of them being Australian & NZ early childhood teachers - across Germany, Australia, Turkey and Poland.
It is this mix of different cultural and professional backgrounds that has ignited a vivid and fascinating educational and philosophical exchange which enriches our organisation and early learning programs and improves the quality of our work with the children every day.
Our bilingual FROEBEL centres in Australia offer exposure to and early acquisition of German as a second language to the children. Our first two Australian early learning services in Alexandria (44 places) and North Sydney (48 places) started operating in May 2009, and we have opened a brand-new, state-of-the-art early learning centre in Melbourne in October 2014.
Board of Directors and Advisory Board
Olde Lorenzen has been Managing Director of FROEBEL Australia since 2009, after having worked as solicitor and barrister as well as chief executive in various roles in Germany. Martine Joly, chartered accountant and tax agent, and Stefan Spieker, CEO of FROEBEL's parent organisation, are also company directors and members of the board.
FROEBEL is grateful to have a committed and supportive Advisory Board: Dr Wolfgang Babeck works as solicitor both in Australia and in Germany, is Vice-Chairman of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and has been chairing FROEBEL's Advisory Board since its foundation in 2011. Floran Dehne is Strategy Director at Seek Employment and founder/chairman of Deutsche Schule Melbourne. Peter Tesch accepted our invitation to join the Advisory Board in early 2015. He is Australia's former Ambassador to Germany and now Ambassador to Russia (since 2016).
Guided by Friedrich Fröbel's philosophy
We are guided by the ideas of Friedrich Fröbel, renowned as the founder of the kindergarten concept, a pioneer of progressive education, a victim of political persecution, a life-long fighter for children’s right to have access to education and a protected family life. He was a visionary, whose name and work are largely unknown or underestimated - despite the fact that many of Fröbel’s ideas are ground-breaking even today.
His educational goal was to raise responsible people through a holistic approach to fostering children’s development in partnership with their parents.