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The Foundation Stage Forum September Newsletter 2022

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Welcome to the FSF September Newsletter

We begin this newsletter with our condolences to the Royal Family at this sad and difficult time. Young children at early years settings may hear their grown-ups talking about the death of HM Queen Elizabeth, or see media images, and they may have questions and their own thoughts to share over the next few days and weeks. The Department for Education (DfE) has issued National Mourning Advisory Education Guidance, which includes a section for early years providers. You can read it here.

LA Scheme

We'd like to welcome back members from the following authorities, who have renewed their LA subscription. Members from these authorities need do nothing; their individual accounts will automatically be re-subscribed:

Brighton & Hove - 16th year

Central Bedfordshire - 10th year 

New Content

This month we revisit an article by Early Years Practitioner and Tiney home nursery leader, Alicia Wilkins, reflecting on the importance of embedding representation in our practice every moment of every day. And we share the final piece in a three-part series about intergenerational learning and care by Caroline Vollans, about a new nursery in the North West. You can read all our articles here.

September’s Coffee Break brings together a research report, a conversation between educators, and a survey, that offer different reflections on the early stages of a child’s life and the impact this can have on their outcomes as school leavers at 16. Find out more from this link.

We have a couple of new podcast episodes for you. We talk with Jannah Hayah, mum to Musa who has Down’s Syndrome. Jannah shares her own, and Musa’s, experience of his first year at school, a timely conversation for September. And we chat to consultant and phonics specialist Emma Spiers about the significance of pre-phonics and how we need to embed this strong foundation in the early years. This Forum post contains some extra resources that Emma has shared to go with the podcast discussion.  Have a listen to all our podcasts here.  

Over at Tapestry HQ, the team are excited that Tapestry’s Cherry Garden Branch Maps have been shortlisted for the SEN Category of the Teach Primary Awards 2022. You can find out more about the Cherry Garden Framework in this FSF article


And finally…

Looking forwards into October, it will be Early Years Wellbeing Week from 10th to 16th October. Mental Health literacy needs to be a focus for our communities so that we can all thrive. Keep Early Years Wellbeing Week in your mind, and stay up to date by following this link.


Wishing you all a good month,

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


From The Forum

Childminding assistants and the 2 hour rule

Can a childminder have 3 assistants working for the maximum of 2 hours a day if required? If the childminder needs a break for example, or to sort out paperwork etc?

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