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Reflective practice is never going to be truly effective unless we are 100% honest with ourselves about what we do, remembering there is a distinct difference between what we might say or think we do and what we actually do.  Reflection is like put…
Quality Early Years practice comes from an understanding of child development and also a belief that children should play the principle role in leading their learning. What we do and how we do it is built on centuries of theory, research and succes…
Practitioners do excellent work that goes unnoticed, leading many to feel disconnected and retreat in their field or even their classroom. So, then, many convince themselves that they are “just teachers”. When you are in the classroom, aren’t …
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It would seem that many years after the first publication of a statutory EYFS Framework, we are still grappling with one key question: how much paperwork is actually enough?
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Isaacs had a passionate belief in the place of nursery education in society. She felt that attending a nursery school should be a natural part of a child’s early life: the early years setting was a place that should both mirror the family through l…

 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.

 What's new

Are you ready for GDPR?

 The GDPR came into effect last Friday, 25th May. Make sure you are compliant! We have lots of helpful advice and ideas in this forum area

Ceeda research team calculate £500 million shortfall in early years fu…

Following the treasury select committee's damning comments on the early years funding calculations Ceeda have calulated that there will be a £500 million shortfall in early years funding. You can read the Ceeda report here. You can discuss the report in this thread.

Tapestry Newsletter May 2018

You can read the May edition of the Tapestry Newsletter through the forum here.

DfE publish documents in support of the SENCO role

The Department of Education has issued guidance to support the appointment of SENCOs. The job description that has been published can be accessed from here. Additionally, a EY SENCO L3 qualification specification has been published. The qualifications are not mandatory. You can access the document from here. You can discuss these new publications on this thread.

Life chances inquiry launched

Chair of the Education Select Committee, Robert Halfon MP, has announced an inquiry into the impact that the early years of a child's life have on their life chances. The Committee’s inquiry aims to understand the impact that early years educa…

Multi-million fund to boost children's early language skills

New support to help parents improve their children’s early language and literacy skills at home before they start school have been announced today (30 April) by Education Secretary Damian Hinds. You can read about this funding boost and the project on this thread.

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We have published an inspiring article by Alistair Bryce Clegg this half term. In it, he discusses the ways in which different theorists impact on our practice. At FSF HQ the practitioners amongst us agree we are probably all 'magpies' lifting lit… read on, or browse our newsletters.