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Developmental play expert Carly Budd explains the importance of play for babies' brain development. 
Caroline Vollans finds out more about the first Intergenerational Nursery in the UK. 

 Welcome to the Foundation Stage Forum


For over ten years the FSF has been a platform for a passionate and vibrant community of EYFS professionals, including nursery practitioners, childminders, reception teachers, advisers and consultants, and educators and writers.
We're proud of the quality of our conversation and support here, and our ethos (exemplified by the Lessons from Geese video) of courtesy and mutual respect, even while arguing from very different points of view.

 Coffee Break

Reflecting on the role of a childminder

I had the privilege of attending the most recent meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Childcare and Early Education at Westminster on Wednesday 29th June. The theme of the meeting was 'a levelling up opportunity' and we were …

We are excited to introduce our newest initiative: Tapestry CPD. Anyone can preview the content of some of our courses, and they are available to all staff on a Tapestry account. Tapestry CPD brings you courses to support your professional learning, as well as training to help you with using Tapestry in your setting. Tapestry’s experienced education and support teams are creating engaging and interactive content that your team can access at a time that works for them. We would love to hear what you think of it. Find out more on the Tapestry website.
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On the FSF we have a couple of articles for your late summer reading. Developmental play expert Carly Budd explains the importance of play for babies' brain development; and Caroline Vollans continues her series on intergenerational learning with … read on, or browse our newsletters.
In this week's podcast: Stephen and Jules chat with developmental play specialist Carly Budd about what early play looks like, the link between physical development and social and emotional development, and the importance of playfulness.

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