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TV campaign to aid tolerance

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  • Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Young children across Ireland are being encouraged to respect each other's differences in a groundbreaking early years initiative. The Media Initiative for Children has been developed jointly by NIPPA - The Early Years Organisation and the Peace Initiatives Institute (PII), based in Colorado in the United States, over the past two years. It aims to combine television advertisements with interaction in pre-schools to help children aged three to five to have a greater understanding of their physical, racial and cultural differences.

Early years provision is praised by Ofsted

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  • Wednesday, February 11, 2004
Early years providers in England have been praised for their high standards by Ofsted chief inspector David Bell. Speaking in London last week at the publication of Ofsted's report for the year 2002-03, Mr Bell said, 'For the first time in an annual report, I am pleased to be able to make reference to our comprehensive picture of childcare in England, reflecting the inspection and regulatory responsibilities we acquired for the sector in September 2001.'

Awareness of classroom safety among teachers and classroom assistants campaign

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  • Wednesday, February 11, 2004
A campaign to raise awareness of classroom safety among teachers and classroom assistants has been launched by the Health and Safety Executive and the local education authorities in Glasgow, Sheffield and Trafford. The campaign highlights the risk school staff face from falling while putting things in a cupboard, putting up a display or closing a window. Bill Gillan, programme manager for the HSE Falls from Height Priority Programme, said, 'Our statistics show that teachers and classroom assistants are at risk from this type of accident and we hope that this approach will be successful in raising awareness of the danger and reducing the number of accidents.' The HSE said falls in school classrooms in the UK have resulted in five deaths and more than 3,000 injuries in the past six years alone.

Working Families

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  • Wednesday, February 11, 2004
Two leading charities campaigning for improved work-life balance, Parents At Work and New Ways to Work, have merged to form a new pressure group, Working Families. At its launch in London last Saturday, chief executive Sarah Jackson called for an end to the culture of working long hours. She said, 'We know that long working hours are no good for business or productivity, and that they damage our health and family life. It's time for a new family-friendly working agenda to match the changing face of British family life.' Ms Jackson also called for more opportunities for people to work flexibly and for more flexible care services. The address of Working Families is 1-3 Berry Street, London EC1V OAA (020 7253 7243, fax 020 7253 6253, legal helpline freephone 0800 013 0313, e-mail office@workingfamilies.org.uk, website www.workingfamilies.org.uk).

Jurassic japes

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  • Wednesday, February 11, 2004
Scientists first learnt about dinosaurs in the 1820s when they discovered fossilised bones. Miranda Walker shows you how to recapture that excitement Dinosaur activities seem to be permanently popular and children are likely to have plenty of artefacts, toys, books, pictures and probably their own pet Diplodocus or Tyrannosaurus Rex to bring in if you adopt a prehistoric theme at your club. You might even be inspired enough to turn the whole setting into a prehistoric playground - if so see 'Picture this', Out of School, February 2003 - but how about a cave-style dinosaur den to start off with?

How to document

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  • Wednesday, February 4, 2004
The skill of the educator lies not only in knowing how to support children through their learning experiences, but also how to observe, document and interpret the learning process, and so become a more effective teacher as a result. Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage notes that effective teaching requires:

Playing house

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  • Wednesday, February 4, 2004
The Liliane doll's villa from Asco is large enough for several children to play with at the same time. The house comes with spacious accommodation consisting of kitchen, living room bedroom, bathroom, study/playroom and with two spiral staircases and five storage drawers. Furniture includes a draining board with hand and tea towels; living room chair, dining table and book case; a swing for the leisure area; a wardrobe with mirror and double bed with mattress, duvet and two pillows; single and junior beds with bedding as before; a desk with a rotating PC table and a bathroom sink unit with towels, plus shower and toilet.The house is manufactured from 12mm varnished birch plywood with a perforated stainless steel roof and is mounted on chrome castors and can be used as a room divider. Measurements are 120 x 120 x 60cm, weight 32kg, priced 995 including the furniture. Telephone 0113 2707070

Win a fabulous big red maths box worth 195!

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  • Wednesday, February 4, 2004
The Big Red Maths Box from BEAM Education contains all sorts of equipment suitable for outdoor maths. There are six plastic circles; four large dice; six frog bean bags, one set of quoits with board; six fleece easy-catch balls; ten number beanbags; four easy-grip balls, 12 small gamester balls (with a two metre cord to thread them on); one large spinner arrow; three sets of nought to nine jumbo cut-out numerals; a set of 24 number tiles; a pack of eight playground chalks to record scores; teachers' notes. All the items are large scale and are contained in a strong, wheely box measuring 70 x 40 x 40 cm. The Big Red Maths Box, which is suitable for children up to five years, usually costs 195. However, in association with BEAM Education, Nursery Equipment is able to offer our readers the opportunity to win one in our free prize draw. All you have to do is to put your name and the name and address of your establishment on a postcard and send it to: Big Red Maths Box Offer, Nursery Equipment, Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1W 1BX by 15 March 2004. The winning entry will be selected at random after that date.

First skills

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  • Wednesday, February 4, 2004
Padded, musical or spotty - you may not consider potties and toilet seats to be the most interesting pieces of equipment, but even these humble objects have entered the style arena Potties

To the letter

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  • Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Developing children's awareness of the sounds that surround them in their environment is an essential prerequisite to any formal teaching of phonics On the journey to becoming a successful reader, children pass through many stages in their learning. In the early development of phonics, it is crucial that children be afforded plenty of opportunities to listen to, and discriminate between, the sounds around them before they are ready to hear sounds in words.

Feel the beat

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  • Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Music and mathematics alike can be explored using drums that you provide or you make with the children, as Jane Drake explains Project guide

Child protection in the spotlight

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  • Wednesday, January 14, 2004
* The independent inquiry set up in the wake of the Soham murder conviction of Ian Huntley is to hold three weeks of public hearings. The hearings, which begin in the week of 16 February, will examine how police checks into the former school caretaker's background were carried out and consider wider implications in the case. The inquiry's terms of reference are to enquire into child protection procedures in Humberside and Cambridgeshire, and 'in particular, to assess the effectiveness of the relevant intelligence-based record keeping, the vetting practices in the forces since 1995 and information sharing with other agencies'.

In a lather

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  • Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Cleaning all kinds of items around the nursery is a popular and beneficial activity for the children - and, says Denise Bailey, it saves the staff a lot of work too Washing may seem a mundane and tedious activity to adults, but to young children it is enormous fun. The children in our setting love washing all sorts of things, and learn so much from the experience that we now make washing a regular activity, both indoors and outdoors.

TV and radio

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  • Wednesday, January 14, 2004
17 January Between the Ears - Kindertotenlied: Song on the Death of Children

Few childminders taking up grants

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  • Wednesday, January 7, 2004
Asustainability grant scheme to help childminders living in deprived areas in England has been only a limited success, a report for the Department for Education and Skills has revealed. The report, Assessing the operation and impact of the childminder sustainability grant, found that Early Years Development and Childcare Partnerships reported a low take-up of the grants, despite publicity.

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