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The Foundation Stage Forum December Newsletter 2022

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Welcome to the FSF December Newsletter

This newsletter comes to you a little earlier in the month than usual, as December rushes by. Early years settings, reception classes and childminders come to the end of another challenging year for their teams, and the families they support. While there is much in the news, and in daily life, that is concerning, we hope there will be a moment for you to rest and reflect away from work at some point over the next couple of weeks.

In education news, the Department for Education (DfE) has announced that it will publish its response to the SEND review early in 2023. The Green Paper came out in March, including a consultation on the plans. The Early Years sector will be waiting to see how they, and the youngest children they work with, feature in the review.


New Content

December comes with new articles for you on the FSF. Dr Fengling Tang, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Roehampton, shares insights from her research into young children’s spiritual development. And early reading and phonics specialist, Emma Spiers, reflects on the importance of pre-phonics for building a strong foundation for phonics learning. Browse through all our articles from this link.

In our podcast episodes this month we chat with Gareth Conyard, Director of Education at the Teacher Development Trust, taking a closer look at the NPQEYL qualification. And we’re joined by Natalie Bent and Denhue Harris, founders of diverse publishing company and early years hub Little Scholars Playground, to talk about nurturing a love of STEM in young children. You can check out all our podcast episodes wherever you like to listen, or from this link. 

There is also a new resource to share with you from the Tapestry website. A Beginner’s Guide to Developmental Trauma has been written by Child and Adolescent Counsellor Simmone Boyce, to support educators in being trauma-informed. You can find this, and the other Beginner’s Guides here.


Wishing you all a safe and happy holidays, and a peaceful new year.

Helen, Steve and all of us at the FSF and Tapestry


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