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The Foundation Stage Forum June Newsletter 2022

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Welcome to the FSF June newsletter

A recent IPSOS UK survey commissioned by the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood asked adults about their views on early childhood development, focusing on three main areas: the prioritisation of the early years, the link between the first five years of life and lifelong outcomes for mental health and wellbeing, and the support parents seek when raising young children. The findings suggest there is an openness among the public to prioritise early years as a society, as well as a need for greater understanding about the vital part early childhood development plays in children's future outcomes. You can read the survey findings here.

A new resource is being created by and for Black SEND specialists to share their expertise and availability for events, panel discussions, webinars, training, article authorship and more. The Black SEND Index is about ensuring that the SEND sector truly encompasses the idea of inclusion, where every voice is seen as important and every experience a story to be heard. Black professional voices are vitally important in the SEND space as they help to pave the way for the voices of Black children and families living with learning differences and/or disabilities. You can find out more about the Black SEND Index by following this link.

If you are looking for support to start necessary conversations at your setting about Anti-racist practice, A Beginner’s Guide to Anti-racism written by Early Years anti-racist trainer and consultant Liz Pemberton, is a free resource to help you. You can download it here. Liz Pemberton is going to be repeating webinars from her 3-part series How to Explore Race with Children in the Early Years in the last week in June - attendees can choose which ones they are able to attend. This forum posts tells you more.




New Content

On the FSF this month we have two new articles for you. Education consultant Sejal Payne takes a closer look at the links between oracy and literacy, while Preschool Manager Emma Davis wonders who looks after the leader in early years settings. In the June Coffee Break, Ben and Helen reflect on the EYFS exemplification materials.

Sejal also recorded a podcast with us this month. And Tamsin Grimmer joined us for an episode to talk about love in early years practice. You can listen to these, and all our podcasts here, or wherever you usually listen.

Over at Tapestry HQ a new feature, Bespoke Frameworks, is now available. This allows you to add your own frameworks to Tapestry and use them within Observations. You can find out more from the Tapestry feature page. There are also a couple of new courses for you to explore on Tapestry CPD. In Module 2 of 'The First Year', written in collaboration with Siren Films and Leyton Sixth Form College, you can learn about how babies develop key physical skills. And in Communication in the Fifth Year you will be guided through a reflective analyses of children’s communication. Follow this link to take a look. 

And finally, the education team in association with Early Years Educator (EYE), have created a Guide to Communication and Connection. Designed to be both reassuring, and a celebration of Early Years settings and educators, it will be available as a paper copy in EYE’s July edition, and you can download it free here

Wishing you a safe and happy month,

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

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Males in Early Years research

am looking for the perspective of male practitioners who are currently in/have previously worked in the early years workforce and have therefore created this questionnaire which should take 5-10 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous...

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