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My week at work: Sure footed

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  • Tuesday, April 23, 2002

As an outreach worker for a Sure Start programme Julie Slingsby provides vital support for families with babies and toddlers. Here she describes a typical working week

Young children can join a character called Seea Brightstar

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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2002
Young children can join a character called Seea Brightstar on adventures in an outrageous world of raucous witches. 'Wee Witches', by the Wee Stories Theatre for Children, will be performing at nurseries and schools in central Scotland and many theatres throughout May and June. The imaginative production, suitable for children aged three to seven, uses stories, music, singing, dancing and rhyme. For information on tour venues call 01786 449162.

A brighter future

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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2002
The new roles for teaching assistants envisaged by the DfES are explained by Ruth Thomson The career cul-de-sac that has trapped classroom assistants for decades in low-paid and often unrewarding roles is finally set to change, with the Government's unveiling of a three-tier career structure for support staff.

Marks & Spencer is joining forces

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  • Wednesday, April 10, 2002
Marks & Spencer is joining forces with the national educational charity I CAN to raise funds for more than 1 million children in the UK with communication difficulties. The campaign launches in all 312 M&S stores in May, when children will be invited to place their hopes and dreams for the next 50 years on to a Rainbow of Hope. For each of the first 50,000 hopes made, the retailer will donate 1 to I CAN, an officially-designated charity for the Golden Jubilee.

Three little pigs

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  • Wednesday, April 10, 2002
Switch on to ICT Besides pointing out the benefits of sound structural engineering - bricks beat straw! - these activities are a fun way to help literacy and creative development. They are based on the Pigbox kit from the Computer Kids website on www.computerkidsonline.com. The kit contains a collection of language and literacy activities linked to the story of the Three Little Pigs. Children use a story-box template to prepare - with your help - their own written version of the traditional story and colouring templates to prepare stand-up characters for oral storytelling.

Special Needs in Early Years Settings

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  • Wednesday, April 10, 2002
Special Needs in Early Years Settings:a guide for practitioners. By Collette Drifte. (David Fulton, 14, 020 7405 5606) Reviewed by Julie Vaggers, head teacher, Rowland Hill Centre for Childhood, Tottenham, London.

Consultation on over-sevens

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  • Wednesday, April 10, 2002
Playworkers may like to contribute to a consultation paper on a scheme to regulate care for children aged eight and over. The paper is available on www.dfes.gov.uk/consultations/eyacr/ and the deadline is 24 May 2002. At present, care for children over seven is not regulated under the national care standards and the Government is concerned that unscrupulous providers might choose to work only with older children in order to avoid checks. It is proposing a 'light-touch' certification scheme, administered by Ofsted, with the main emphasis on ensuring the suitability of those working with children.

Quotes of the week

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  • Wednesday, April 3, 2002
'These plans reek of the nanny state, and are an insult to Scottish parents.' Lord James Douglas Hamilton, the Scottish Tories' justice spokesman, on the Executive's proposal to ban smacking under-threes, BBC Online

Childcare and education students are being challenged by Nursery World

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  • Wednesday, April 3, 2002
Childcare and education students are being challenged by Nursery World to transport themselves into the future for the magazine's student essay competition, inspired by this year's Golden Jubilee celebrations. Writing on the theme of 'Childcare in 2052', students are invited to predict how the early years profession might have changed in 50 years' time. You could give your dream vision of childcare, foresee what a typical day would be like for a child or practitioner, or just let your imagination go wild. The winning 800-word essay will be published in Nursery World. There is also a first prize of 1,000 with two runner-up prizes of 500 and 250. The winning student's college will also receive 100 worth of book vouchers. If you would like to take part and are currently studying for a recognised childcare or early years qualification, look out for the entry form in next week's issue of Nursery World.

Scotland 'is brave to ban smacking'

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  • Wednesday, April 3, 2002
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has praised 'Scotland the brave' for pressing ahead with plans to outlaw the smacking of babies and toddlers. The Scottish Executive's proposals were set out in full in the Criminal Justice Bill, published last week. The Bill will make it illegal to hit children under three and to use implements to punish children of any age.

The practitioner role

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  • Wednesday, April 3, 2002
Practitioners need to help each child to learn. They must recognise the child's current understanding and achievements and know what the child's next steps could be. This may involve the practitioner and the child working together in an activity chosen by the child. The practitioner can help children to achieve something new, that they could not yet do independently. It may involve the practitioner in talking with the child to establish what he or she understands. The practitioner also needs to know what misconceptions the child holds about, for example, how letters represent the sounds in speech. Such information will provide the evidence for the practitioner's judgement about what the child needs to be taught and helped with. In these processes, both the child and the practitioner play an active role together.

Grandparents needed!

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  • Wednesday, April 3, 2002
Young children without relatives nearby can enjoy a visit from 'grandma', thanks to a unique scheme. Catherine Gaunt reports The ad in the magazine read simply, 'Volunteer grandparents needed for young children'. Already a bit of a grandmother expert, Mrs Tayibat Salu decided to find out more. As she explains, 'When you have a family like mine and you see another, you want to help them. I have 13 grandchildren and I am hoping for more!' she tells me, laughing.

A better way to subsidise childcare

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  • Wednesday, April 3, 2002
Further to the news story (7 March) and the letters regarding the payment of the childcare tax credit element of Working Families Tax Credit (21 March), I think that the WFTC should be distributed by vouchers. The parents should be given vouchers equal to 70 per cent of the childcare costs (or other allocated amount). These vouchers should be cashable at the post office, like a giro, by the childcare provider each week. The provider should have to show proof or registration on each occasion.

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