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Nathan Archer, Director of the International Montessori Institute at Leeds Beckett University, describes 5 clear arguments against the current suggestions to relax ratios for the early years sector. 
Ann Lowe, Early Years Inclusion Officer with Doncaster EY Service, shares the reflective journey that led to the Reflection Toolkit, designed to support educators to consider their provision for children with learning differences.

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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.

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The Issue Runs Deeper than Funding

Last Tuesday (19/3/22), the government released their long-anticipated SEND review green paper entitled: ‘right support, right place, right time’.  I was aware this date was coming and was asked to prepare some opinions on its content should anyon…

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 this month, we have an article about the early years ratios debate. Nathan Archer, Director of the International Montessori Institute at Leeds Beckett University, reflects on the arguments against relaxing ratios. You can find out more … read on, or browse our newsletters.
In this week's podcast: Jules and Ben chat with education consultant Sejal Payne about oracy: its link with literacy, how it supports children’s learning across their development and curriculum, and what educators need to consider for children who are bi/multilingual.

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