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The Foundation Stage Forum February Newsletter 2022

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Welcome to the FSF February newsletter.

Jumping straight into different practices in early years settings this month, a recent article from the BBC by Katherine Latham explores how early years settings are using online journals to connect with families, nurture parental engagement, and inform their provision to support children’s development.

And if you are looking for professional development for yourself or your team in speech, language and communication, Kirstie Page, founder of Launchpad for Literacy, is continuing to run EYFS CPD with a very strong SLCN focus, including a session on Phonic Preparation. This time run via Westgarth English Hub, these sessions are virtual and are being opened up to everyone. You can find out more from this Forum post, including a flyer and link to sign up.


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New Content

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 resources for further reading and learning. We also revisit an article by Linda Pound on the FSF homepage, about teaching and learning mathematics in the early years.  

There's a line-up of new podcast episodes for you. We chat with Meeta and Robb Johnson about persona dolls; Early Years teacher and consultant Anneka Russell joins us to talk about early years learning environments and the important role ‘pack-away’ settings have in their communities; we discuss SEND in the Early Years with Catherine McLeod, MBE and CEO of Dingley’s Promise; and Emily Lees and Kerry Murphy record a conversation reflecting on Ableism. You can listen to all our podcasts from this link or wherever you usually find your podcasts.

Over at Tapestry HQ, the team are excited to share a new initiative: Tapestry CPD. You can find courses created by the experienced Tapestry education and support teams – content that will continue to grow. These are available to all staff on a Tapestry account, and if you don’t use Tapestry, you can still preview the content of some of the courses. You can find out more here. And you can read about the journey to creating Tapestry CPD in this Coffee Break.  


Wishing you a happy and safe February,

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

From The Forum

Storing Documents

How does everyone keep and store documents/information of children and staff who have left the setting. Do you keep a paper copy or save them electronically?


Recipes for slime and anything messy and fun!

Hi - would anyone mind sharing links or passing on the best recipes you've used for homemade slime or anything else that's fun and messy? 

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