30 staff from across our cluster gathered after school for our EYFS Forum this week, held at Effra Early Years Centre. It was a busy meeting kicking off with Stockwell’s presentation on the impact of the 30 hour Nursery offer for working parents and it’s impact on Nursery places and funding. Local school nurseries are concerned this will greatly impact on their numbers and are looking at how to recruit more children and what they can do to make the budget work. Clare Bradley went on to present on Talk for Writing and the stages of imitation, innovation and invention through immersion in a book. We all enjoyed using actions to retell Billy Goat Gruff! Finally the group discussed and brought forward their top tips for successful transition from Nursery to Reception and Reception to Year 1. Home visits for new children were unanimously thought extremely valuable for a successful start in school. More of this information will be posted separately. Thank you to all staff who came and to Effra for hosting. Next term’s meeting will focus on STEM in Early Years.