Our schools were well represented at the first EYFS forum of the year, hosted by Loughborough Primary School. We all enjoyed a tour of the Nursery at Loughborough and enjoyed seeing their library area where parents and children can borrow books and use the library card system. As this was our first meeting, it was a chance for teachers to talk about their topics for the term and their plans for their children. It was interesting to hear about a new topic idea from one school, to encompass some of the winter festivals – Things that Sparkle and Shine. Some schools were using some of the children’s favourite books to start the year. We discussed different software packages available to monitor the progress of children and set some topics for the year including exploring STEM activities, looking at how to encourage junk modelling, Music and ICT.