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Inside out The importance of outdoor learning and its place in the Foundation Stage Curriculum

Moray, nine, and Roseanne, 12, share a good book at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 18 August

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  • Wednesday, August 25, 2004
(Photograph) - Moray, nine, and Roseanne, 12, share a good book at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 18 August. The Scottish Executive's Home Reading Initiative 'Read Together' event offered guidance to the parents and carers of new readers aged five to eight and crowned eight new Reading Champions, aged between six and 12, to spread the word about how fun reading can be. For ideas and recommendations from the champions visit www.readtogether.co.uk. Photo Callum Moffat/Newsflash

Rough and smooth

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  • Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Playing with texture in groups encourages co-operation and individual creative development. And just as importantly, it's also great fun, says Judith Stevens Encourage sensory exploration as children make sense of the world around them through hands-on, practical, creative activities.

My life at work

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  • Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Name: Lauren See Job title: Centre manager of after-school and holiday provision

What standards?

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  • Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Nursery nursing is a disgrace and has no claim to be regarded as a profession. It seems to have no proper standards of practice, behaviour, investigation, education, training, vetting or discipline. Shame on you all. F McCallum, Blackpool, Lancashire

Nurseries want new advice on baby jabs

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  • Wednesday, August 18, 2004
The Scottish Independent Nurseries Association (SINA) has renewed its call for Government guidance for childcare workers on immunisations, following the Government's revelation that a new five-in-one vaccination for babies is to be introduced in late September. SINA made a similar plea last November amid the controversy over the combined MMR jab. The Government's announcement last week sparked fresh warnings by health campaigners that a five-in-one jab could overload babies' immune systems.

Nursery training centre goes private

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  • Wednesday, August 18, 2004
The training arm of the Scottish Independent Nurseries Association has been sold to the training company Experiential Play. The company is run by SINA director Alice Sharp, who has managed SINA's training centre since it started three years ago.

Editor's view

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  • Wednesday, August 11, 2004
The incredible pace of change within the early years and childcare sector is once again revealed in a major report this week (see News, page 4). But with its good news of continuing growth come warnings of 'saturation', 'doubts about sustainability' and 'difficult years' ahead. One reason for the dip in optimism is the falling birth rate, something that childcare providers are going to hear a lot more about in coming years. The UK has seen a minor baby boom in the past couple of years but there is every indication that it is going to be a blip rather than a reversal of this downward trend.

Clare Tickell

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  • Wednesday, August 4, 2004
Children's charity NCH has appointed Clare Tickell as its new chief executive. Previously she was head of the Stonham Housing Association and chief executive of housing charity Phoenix House. Ms Tickell, who takes up the post at NCH in January, said, 'I see my role and challenge as ensuring that NCH continues to develop its position as a leader and innovator in services to children, young people and families in need for generations to come.'

Providers stumble over grant scheme

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  • Wednesday, August 4, 2004
Private providers have found operating the nursery education grant for three- and four-year-olds increasingly difficult since the Government issued explicit guidance earlier this year warning them not to charge top-up fees for free places. The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) warned that some nurseries may cease to operate the scheme. It is calling for 'a realistic overhaul'

In practice

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  • Wednesday, August 4, 2004
A round-up of research projects and national organisations that can help practitioners obtain up-to-date information for good practice There has been much research in the field of early childhood that has contributed greatly and still does to practice development.

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