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JARECKI, Hilde (1911-1995)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0366 HJ
Held at: Institute of Education
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Full title: JARECKI, Hilde (1911-1995)
Date(s): 1945-1997
Level of description: collection
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Jarecki | Hilde | 1911-1995 | educationist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Before Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany, Hilde Jarecki moved to England and was later involved in bringing children safely to Britain via The Kindertransport. She spent around 20 years working as the Senior Professional Advisor for the London Playgroup Association. As part of her involvement, early on she carried play equipment to the new playgroups, gave advice to members, organised meetings and had a major role in the playgroup movement. Hilde was the first person to introduce the concept of mothers helping in the playgroup that their child attended. She is perhaps best known for her book Playgroups: a Practical Approach, which was published by Faber in 1975. The publicity information for this book states: 'Hilde Jarecki, a professional adviser who has spent eight years as an organizer and tutor for the Inner London Playgroups Association, has written an essentially practical handbook based on her extensive experience, which will be invaluable for those employed full time in pre-school playgroup work and for parents of young children.' In the foreword of the book, written by Edna Oakeshott, March 1974, she describes Hilde Jarecki as: 'a pioneer who has given of herself unsparingly to establish a smooth-running organization on a professional footing. No more living recommendation could be provided than her vivid pictures of children and their parents in the playgroup setting.' Hilde continued her pioneering work within the playgroup movement until she was unable to continue on the grounds of ill health.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Hilde Jarecki including biographical papers, material for publication and papers relating to the playgroup associations, 1945-1997.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English and German.

System of arrangement:

By subject.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of Reader Application Form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Archivist or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids:

Fully catalogued.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by the Hilde Jarecki estate, 2007.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 2008

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