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 Early Years Articles

Early Years Consultant, Trainer and LA Advisor Ruth Swailes shares how the changes to the EYFS offer educators the opportunity to reflect on their vision and practice for the children in their care. 
Jenny Barber examines the impact of the pandemic on children's, and families', emotional resilience, and reflects on how settings can support each child. 


 Primary Articles

Ben reflects on how to begin developing a sequenced curriculum. 
Jack explores why parental engagement may lesson the further up the school we go, and why we need to work hard to keep connected with parents of Key Stage children. 

 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

Setting an intention for the New Year

This New Year’s Eve felt…heavy. It was hard to see it as the fresh start we so often attribute to the change from one year to the next.

But I decided to keep to the annual tradition of making a resolution. Not everyone is into new year’s resol<…

Playing at home

Nichole Hughes, Early Years and Key Stage teacher, education consultant supporting parents, and a parent herself, shares her reflections on encouraging play at home.


‘Play? Play is not learning! How are you learning? It’s just playi…

Christmas Not-ivity

The tale of Christmas Past is one filled with children singing, angels crying and sheep wondering off around the stage as the annual joy of the Nativity, or whatever festive show you usually produce, takes place. This year however, it is unlikely …

A spotlight on early childhood

Over the last few days we have seen one report and one survey that shine a spotlight on early years children and their families.

Nuffield Health has published a new report called How are the lives of families with young children changing? <…

Let's not overbuild the curriculum

For teaching staff, this term has been a turbulent one. The frequent changes to policy, provision and practice and considerations for the safety and wellbeing of children and staff has led many to feel wholly unsettled. On a daily basis, staff …

Is Jack Frost nipping at your nose?

When schools opened their doors to Reception, Year 1 and 6 back in June this year, the guidance was for smaller classes and, where possible, to keep windows and doors open to allow for greater ventilation. This guidance continued once schools …

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There’s lots of new content on the FSF. Our Primary section has an article by Teaching Assistant and SLT member Aimee Durning, about unlocking research to support all educators, and Jack from our Education Team writes about engaging families at Ke… read on, or browse our newsletters.
On this week’s podcast, Stephen and Jules chat with teachers Rachna Joshi and Carla Jones about their approach to rough and tumble play. They explain why rough and tumble play is so important for children, how they teach it in their PE sessions, and the positive impact this has had on children’s physical and social literacy.

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