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Welcome to the July 2021 FSF Newsletter

Another extraordinary learning year is coming to an end. We wish you all a wonderful last few weeks with children and families who may be moving onto new learning spaces soon.

With changes to the current ‘bubbles’ system for early years settings and schools announced by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, we are entering a new phase in how Covid is dealt with in our education settings. Meanwhile, Ofsted have released an updated early years inspection handbook for inspections taking place from 1st September 2021, which includes changes on the EYFS disapplications and changes reflecting the new EYFS framework for September 2021. 

The fourth Tapestry Education Conference: Reflecting on Parental Engagement took place at the end of June, with speakers Jamel C Campbell, Janet Goodall (EdD) and Suma Din joined by guest host Tom Harbour from Learning with Parents. You can read about it and download the speakers’ presentations here.

The FSF and Tapestry education team have been working with Learning with Parents to create resources for Early Years to Year 6 teachers to share with families, focusing on a summer of play in 5 themes: Physical, Experimenting, Story, Number, and Creativity. Each resource comes with additional information for parents and carers. Reclaim playfulness this summer and download the resources here.  



New Content

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 mainstream early years settings; and Rhia Gibbs from Black Teachers Connect, who writes about why representation matters in primary schools. There is also an article by Nancy Stewart, Project Lead for the Early Years Coalition on Birth to 5 Matters, exploring how educators can use the guidance to support their daily practice.  

We also have some new podcasts for you. Liz Pemberton and Catherine McLeod discuss the intersection of Anti-racism and SEND; Tom Harbour from Learning with Parents reflects on why parental engagement in children’s learning is so important; early years setting manager Adam Marycz shares his own experiences of early years practice; and Joss Cambridge-Simmons considers the importance of being ‘in tune’ with babies and young children. Find them all here or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

If you subscribe to EYE you may spot an article by Helen about the need to change the rhetoric of catch-up to one of playfulness this summer. And in Headteacher Update there is an article by Jules about the transfer of learning.

If you are a Tapestry user, you may notice a few name changes for things related to the new EYFS on Tapestry. This is to reflect the correct year the EYFS reforms come into official use as well as to include the Birth to 5 Matters document alongside Development Matters. You can read more about it here.

Wishing you a happy July. 

From The Forum

Research opportunity - perceptions of risky play within the Early Years.

I am currently studying on the MEd Psychology of Education course at the University of Manchester. I am recruiting participants for a research study, looking at perceptions of risky play within the Early Years.

DM or B to 5?

Which guidance will you use in September? Why? and will you also set up your own curriculum to run alongside?

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