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Natalie Bent and Denhue Harris share their reflections and ideas about why we need to nurture STEM in our early years settings.
Caroline Vollans explores the School Streets initiative, and speaks to schools and communities who use them. 
Early Years Practitioner and Tiney home nursery leader, Alicia Wilkins, shares her experience of looking for a school for her son, with advice for families and reminding early years educators of all the emotions that parents/carers feel.
Caroline Vollans takes a closer look at the work of one early years centre and its connection within the local community, reminding us of the far reaching importance of all early years settings.
This month we revisit an article by Early Years Practitioner and Tiney home nursery leader, Alicia Wilkins, which asks us to reflect on the diversity and representation that must be embedded in our practice every moment of every day. 

 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.

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A reflection on sensory food play

Food. One of the most important parts of growing and surviving as a human. Our relationship with food begins from a very young age, watching those around us carefully as they move this mysterious substance towards their mouths and then open and cl…

If we needed another reminder of the importance of the early years…

It seems timely, as we begin another new learning year, to reflect on the link between the early stages of a child’s learning and the impact this can have on their outcomes as school leavers at 16. Here we bring together a research report, a surve…

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 luc…

Reflecting on the new EYFS exemplification materials

Prior to the EYFS 2021, reception teachers would examine the mountain of evidence they had collected on the children and use the exemplification materials to compare attainment, before making a judgement for each ELG. The new exemplification m…

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…

Is it time to re-think dressing up for World Book Day?

It was the 25th anniversary of World Book Day recently. With the wonderful offer of a book token for every child, at the heart of this celebration of reading is a mission to make reading together and reading for pleasure a habit for life. Dres…
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On the FSF this month we have an article about STEM in the early years by Natalie Bent and Denhue Harris, founders of diverse children’s book publishing company and early years hub, Little Scholars Playground. And continuing reflections on how we …
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