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A new system for child maintenance with tougher enforcement powers is being introduced by the Government. The Child Support Agency (CSA), which has been dogged by problems since its launch in 1993, is to be replaced by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement...
This week's columnist Robin Balbernie says mothers are right to be in tears over leaving their babies to cry One of the many interesting aspects of my job is the chance to listen to mothers in groups at a nearby children's centre.
Nursery staff accused of abuse by a student on placement will not be facing charges by the Family Protection Unit. Wee Rascals Nursery in Kintore, Aberdeenshire, suspended three members of staff on full pay following allegations by a student nursery nurse. All parties concerned confirmed that the abuse allegations were non-sexual. The Care Commission are still in the process of its investigation following the complaint.
Andrew Trythall, ICT co-ordinator and Year One teacher at Sir Robert Hitcham's CEVAP School, Suffolk (pictured) (www.hitchams.suffolk.sch.uk) About 12 years ago I was asked by a language school to make a promotional video for them to send around the world...
By Alison Street, author of Singing Together for 1 and 2, co-author of Voiceplay Singing about feelings
Some food for thought in your professional career The Buskers Guide to Playing Out by Philip Waters (Common Threads Publications, 8.50, 07000 785215) Reviewed by Miranda Walker, playwork trainer
(Photograph) - Painting on glass was among the fun activities on offer when children at Magic Roundabout Nursery in Stockwell, London, raised funds for the homelessness charity Shelter. They also made glittery hats, iced a Christmas tower cake and created a child-size snowman, while the babies painted their own feet to make footprints in the 'snow'. Photo Anna Gordon
(Photograph) - The march of the penguins came to Buffer Bear nursery at Selby North Children's Centre in North Yorkshire, when children celebrated Christmas with a fancy dress party. Parents joined in the fun, accompanying children to the grotto where Santa was on hand to deliver some early presents. Photo Sam Atkins
Nurseries, schools and colleges have gained over Pounds 1m through Eazyfone Group's mobile phone recycling campaign Fones4Schools since its launch in 2004. Among them is Tiggy's Day Nursery in Hereford, with 40 children on the books, having raised 2,000 in three months (Nursery Management, 5 October). For every 200 phones collected, Fones4Schools will donate 300 in cash and around 400 in prizes. For more information visit www.fones4schools.co.uk.
The average child in Britain sees between 20,000 and 40,000 television adverts a year, according to the report The Commercialisation of Childhood by think-tank Compass. It suggests that children are increasingly influenced and manipulated by marketing...