Talking Montessori: Birth to 5 Matters

Talking Montessori is a series of webinars hosted by James Crawley on behalf of the Montessori Group, with the aim of uniting people across the global Montessori Community. The webinars feature a variety of guests from the Montessori and Early Years sectors in conversations around current topics. This recent webinar asks “Where is the Early Years Coalition up to in their response to the government reforms of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in England? What has this coalition done so far? What is next and how can you have your say?”

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Feedback from our consultation on the first draft of Birth to 5 Matters

As guidance from the sector, by the sector, the Birth to 5 Matters team continue to seek the views of practitioners, and to respond to what practitioners tell us they want and need.

Our second major online survey (14 December 2020 – 11 January 2021) offered the chance to read and respond to the first draft of the Birth to 5 Matters core document.

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Press release: Coalition seeks input from early years sector with launch of Birth to 5 Matters draft

The first draft of Birth to 5 Matters – Guidance by the sector, for the sector is published today, along with a consultation survey seeking feedback from practitioners. The non-statutory guidance is produced by the Early Years Coalition, a group of 16 major early years organisations, and aims to support practitioners as they implement the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage. 

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Foregrounding racial equalities in the Birth to 5 Matters guidance

Liz Pemberton and Shaddai Tembo

In this article, we share our thoughts around equalities in relation to a survey in October and subsequent report on the results of the first Birth to 5 Matters practitioner online survey. We both believe it is necessary to ensure that race is not omitted nor given lesser importance within the conversation about equalities within the Early Years. This piece will outline our motivations for amplifying why we believe this, and look at the previous documentation that has been presented to provide historical context. Finally, we outline the potential harm for non-white children that we will see repeated for future generations if racial inequalities are not tackled within the profession.

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Birth to 5 Matters initial survey results

As guidance from the sector, by the sector, the Early Years Coalition intends for Birth to 5 Matters to listen and respond to what practitioners tell us they want and need.

We began by asking practitioners to tell us what they wanted in an online survey which closed on 2 November, and were pleased to gather the thoughts of over 1600 respondents.  The response helped us to begin to shape the guidance to meet the needs of the sector. 

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Save the date: webinar on draft guidance

We’ll be holding a webinar at 7pm on Wednesday 16 December to present the first draft of Birth to 5 Matters. The consultation on the draft will include opportunities to comment via an online questionnaire and to participate in discussion events organised by the coalition partners. The webinar will be streamed live via our Facebook page. No need to pre-book or be logged in to Facebook – just click on the link to watch on the day. The video will also be available after the event to watch on demand.