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New things and change can be challenging. Remember the Forum is a place where you can ask questions and offer advice. Here on the FSF we have an article by Helen Edwards about making observations, one by Varinder Kaur Johal about writing in t…
In the Primary Section of the FSF this month we have Jack's article debating the pros and cons of homework - have you done yours? In the Early Years section, Jenny Barber discusses CPD in the 'new normal' and our SEND Advisor Stephen shares the Pl…
Registration is now open for the next free online Tapestry Education Conference: Reflecting on CPD in the Early Years, which will take place on 4th November 6-8pm. You can find out more here.  As always, we have new articles and podcasts for y…
As well as the content already mentioned about the new Development Matters, we have lots of other things for you too. Our articles this month come from Alistair Bryce-Clegg who writes about balancing new adaptation requirements with the good pract…
The most recent Tapestry Education Conference took place on 4th November. The theme was Reflecting on CPD in the Early Years, and we were joined by speakers Iram Siraj, Annie Richardson, and Emily Lees. We are grateful to our guests and all those …
On the FSF this month we included a Coffee Break write up of the findings of the survey we carried out recently.  These findings were also reported in an article in Nursery Management Today.  Thank you to everyone who took part.  As always the…
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 …
Here at the FSF we remain working at home but staying connected to keep articles, podcasts and resources coming your way. This month we have had an inspiring article from Mine Conkbayir, looking at ways in which families can support children to le…
The FSF offers some opportunities to pause and reflect with articles from Fifi Benham on supporting conversations with young children about diversity, discrimination and inclusion; from Jo Caswell considering reflective leadership; and from Joanna…
This month on the FSF we hear from Alicia Wilkins, who shares her experience of connecting with families and children through her home nursery/childminding business. Alicia opens her article with what it's like for herself as a parent connecting w…
On the FSF we have an article about young children’s mathematical development by early years author Linda Pound. Joanna Grace, an Engagement and Inclusion Specialist, has written a piece titled I am Autistic, explaining why the autistic community …
On the FSF this month we have an article from Rachna Joshi about children’s mirror play, and by Linda Pound about the ‘playful subject’ of number, while Caroline Vollans reflects on the word ‘Sorry’ and how young children learn to express a true a…
Here at the FSF and Tapestry we are quite used to working remotely now, and we have been busy preparing some new articles for you: in our Primary section, Clare Hancock reflects on Teaching and Learning in the 'New Norm' and Georgina Walker explai…
On the FSF we have new articles by Greg Bottrill who shares reflections on play and the magic of childhood; Stephen Kilgour from our education team explores a new programme called Mini MOVE designed to support children with physical needs in mains…
This month we have something interactive for you! We have created a short survey relating to your experiences over the last few months and looking to the future. Responses are anonymous and we will use them to inform our article themes and to supp…
To support early years professionals as they reflect on their practice, we have a new resource to share. Emily Lees, an autistic Speech and Language Therapist, has written The Beginner’s Guide to Ableism. This free downloadable resource is designe…
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…
This month on the FSF we have an article from Adam Vasco, who leads on the 3-7 Early Years Post Graduate Route at Liverpool John Moores University. Adam reflects on education through the question ‘decolonise or diversify?’ and includes some resour…
On the FSF we have a couple of new articles this month. In our Primary section, Key Stage teacher Francesca Timms shares how she used a whole school approach – including all the adults – to inspire children to read. And in our Early Years section,…
This month on the FSF we have a much needed article by Jenny Barber exploring the ways you can offer CPD for your staff even when the budget is tight. Sarah Ottewell inspires us with her piece about the continuing journey her setting has embarked …
Speaking of responding to the proposed changes to the EYFS, the education team here at the FSF have added our views. We discuss our thoughts and responses in our latest podcast, coming out on Thursday 16th January. You can find our podcasts on App…
We have added a wide range of articles to the FSF this month.  Mine Conkbayir has written about Self regulation, discussing what the term really means and how adults can support children to self-regulate. We have an article by Emma Cook from O…
The FSF and Tapestry team are all at home, working remotely to continue to create content for our members, visitors and users. On the FSF this month we have a focus on SEND. Stephen Kilgour, our SEND Advisor, has begun a series about pre-verbal co…
On the FSF we have a thought-provoking article by Caroline Vollans taking a closer look at compliments and the impact they can have on young children, and a short reflection on a research project where teenagers are taught about how babies’ brains…
In the Early Years section on the FSF this month we have an article by Dr Stella Louis and Hannah Betteridge on unconscious bias in the observation, assessment and planning process, and a reflection on following our career pathways from Jamel Carl…