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Revelations from the Soham murder trial about how a man with many allegations of rape and underage sex against him managed to get a job as a primary school caretaker should lead to some changes in the system of checks on people working with children (see...

In the run up to Christmas the lottery distributor the New Opportunities Fund (NOF) announced grants of 12m to develop nursery and childcare facilities. The award included 9.4m in the final round of its 100m Building Neighbourhood Nurseries programme. In Brighton, East Sussex, a grant of 150,000 will be used to extend the Kemp Town Crypt under St George's church to create a 21-place underground nursery. Specially designed light shafts will let natural light into the building.

Organisations representing the early years sector and school staff across the UK have called for the Government to tighten up its system of checks on all people working or applying to work with children. The calls followed the two life sentences given to school caretaker Ian Huntley for murdering ten-year-old Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman at his home in Soham in August 2002.

(Photograph) - This year's Sure Start Month to celebrate childcare in England is being organised by the National Day Nurseries Association and, as in other years, there will be weeks specifically dedicated to different forms of registered childcare provision....

Crispy cod fillets Ingredients: * 4 fresh cod fillets * 1 lemon (half for juice, half for wedges) * 1 whole egg * 2 tbsp dried breadcrumbs * pinch of salt and pepper to taste * a small bunch of fresh herbs - parsley or chives Sauce: * 1 tbsp tomato ketchup * 2 tbsp mayonnaise or creme fraiche

(Photograph) - Margaret Hodge, minister for children, had fun when she opened Barham Butterflies, a new nursery for staff of the London borough of Brent Primary Care Trust (PCT) at the Wembley Centre for Health and Care. During her visit to the nursery, which can take six babies and 24 children, she also met PCT staff, including school nurses, health visitors and members of the Child Development Services.

Children from Pollyanna's Day Nursery in Prestbury, not Teddies Nursery, were shown working out at a Stretch-n-Grow fitness session in the feature 'Health service' (18/25 December).

(Photograph) - Eight-year-old Harry Withers joined other disabled children, parents and health professionals in celebrating the tenth anniversary of Scope's Peto Andras Centre in Islington, London, on 2 December. The day included advice for parents and...

* A consultation on the use of alternative phrases to make warnings about the contents of food more explicit to allergy sufferers has been launched by the Food Standards Agency. The FSA said consumers were concerned at the phrase 'may contain' as used...

The first-ever Ombudsman for Children in the Republic of Ireland has been named as Emily Logan, currently director of nursing at the Adelaide and Meath Hospital in Tallaght. She was previously director of nursing at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children...

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