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The Foundation Stage Forum May Newsletter 2023

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Welcome to the FSF May newsletter

FSF Event 2023: Building a Community of Practice – save the date!

To celebrate twenty years of connection and community through the FSF, we are planning an exciting online event! Sponsored by Tapestry, the event will be on Tuesday 27th June, 6-8pm, and we invite early years leaders and managers to come together and discuss their good practice, challenges, and achievements. There will be wonderful speakers sharing their knowledge, and the opportunity to engage in conversations with other early years professionals in breakout rooms. Keep an eye out on the Forum and in social posts for more information over the next few weeks.


The FSF is now free to join!

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Forum, we are removing the subscription fee for the FSF, making it free to be a member of this amazing community of dedicated early years educators. You can find out more in this Forum post


Early Years News

In other news, Minister for Children, Families and Wellbeing, Claire Coutinho, has said that the Department for Education plans to hold a consultation about how funding for the expanded 30 hours offer will work, as well as for other funding plans for 2023-25.

A campaign group, Early Years Equality, are organising a protest outside Downing Street on Saturday 24th June, to raise awareness of the huge importance of the sector and the work that early years educators do. Scroll down for details of a recent FSF and Tapestry podcast episode with Claire Kenyon, who is co-founder of Early Years Equality. To find out more about how to join the protest, click here.


New Content


FSF articles and podcasts

We have a couple of new articles on the FSF this month.

Early Years Technology specialist Richard Waite shares his passion for helping us all to understand the importance of teaching and learning about technology with young children. And Caroline Vollans hears from voices in the sector about the exclusion of our youngest children.

In our podcast episodes we chat with teacher Charlotte Rands, who discusses her experience of working at an international school in Stockholm. And Helen talks to Claire Kenyon, nursery owner and co-founder of Early Years Equality about raising awareness of, and recognition for, the sector. Check out all our podcast episodes wherever you like to listen, or from this link.


Get your voice heard – Tapestry 2023 survey

This month you have the opportunity to take part in our annual survey, which is for everyone working in the early years. It’s quick to complete and we’d love to get your views on creating a ‘community of practice’, your wellbeing and workload, and the recent government policy announcements for the sector.  As in previous years, we will use the findings in our articles, to support our public relations and marketing, and to help shape the development of Tapestry and the Foundation Stage Forum. This year we have a prize draw and respondents have the chance to win £50 of M&S vouchers. 

To take part in the 5-minute survey please follow this link.


Tapestry news and resources

The Beginner’s Guide to Educator Wellbeing has been created by early years educator, author, and founder of Early Years Wellbeing week, Kate Moxley. Mental Health literacy is everyone’s business, and this guide is designed to support conversations in your setting about educator wellbeing.

A reminder for you to check out Rosie’s Story, which follows Rosie from 3 days old – the latest video is Rosie at 19 months. These clips are designed to support your understanding of child development. You can read more about them in this Forum post.

And we have a new feature on Tapestry – Custom Report Templates. You can now create and customise your own report format. Read more about the Reports feature here.


Wishing you a safe and happy May

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



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