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Partnership on display The four Pre-school Learning Centres run by Great Aycliffe Town Council work closely with parents and the community. The annual Great Aycliffe Show is an opportunity for children and staff from all of the centres to work together to create a group display, explaining the learning opportunities that they regularly enjoy.
What can you make? Staff in the Red Room at the Childcare Centre, Darlington College, make use of all available space to encourage children to work independently. This includes utilising the backs and sides of storage units as well as screens and wallboards.
A public library has been founded on the aim of getting children involved in their young children's education. Laura Marcus hears about a form of family support Sunshine Library is a leading light in encouraging parents to share books with their young children. The purpose-built early years library was the first of its kind when it opened in Lupset, Wakefield, in July 2001.
Providing more opportunities for staff to keep fit and have fun can reduce stress levels and boost morale. Laura Marcus investigates Government standards increasingly demand that businesses support the health of their employees, so services and extras promoting staff members' fitness are becoming an integral part of human resources. These services are also used as an incentive when recruiting new staff as well as being an important tool for staff retention.
On behalf of our readers, staff in nurseries and schools around the country have put a wide range of products through their paces to assess their value in the workplace and have given each item a star rating UNDER-THREES