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Undiagnosed eye problems

  • Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Around 5 per cent of six-year-olds have an undiagnosed eye problem because of huge variations in screening services around the country, a new report claims. Research by the Association of Optometrists (AOP) found that undiagnosed problems went up to 10 per cent for 12-year-olds and called for a review of children's vision screening. The AOP said that there is a low uptake of free NHS sight tests by young children, and chief executive Bob Hughes called for eye testing to be mandatory before a child starts school.

Pasta necklaces

  • Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Mother and daughter study key words ahead of a session making pasta necklaces for Family Learning Week at Edith Kerrison Nursery School in Newham, London. The week encourages children and parents to learn together with support from specialist tutors employed by a family learning project as part of Newham's Learning Community Services.

Training: Local networks to help EYPs go further

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Practitioners who gain Early Years Professional Status are to be offered further development and training by local authorities, with funding provided by the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC), it was announced last week.

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