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Headstart Pre-school in Preston, Lancashire, won the Mark Warner/National Day Nurseries Association Day Nursery of the Year award

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  • Wednesday, February 4, 2004
(Photograph) - Headstart Pre-school in Preston, Lancashire, won the Mark Warner/National Day Nurseries Association Day Nursery of the Year award last week at a ceremony in London's Savoy Hotel. Nigel Ragg, head of marketing at Mark Warner Holidays (left), joined Geraldine Wignall, co-proprietor of the pre-school, Rosemary Murphy, NDNA chief executive, Anne Wynne-Jones, Headstart co-proprietor, and actress Jacey Salles, who played the nanny Ramona in the popular ITV series 'Cold Feet'. Photograph by Photo Olly Hewitt

Children dress the part for art

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  • Wednesday, February 4, 2004
Young children are learning about painting and self-image with the help of a dressing-up box and an exhibition at Perth Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition, called 'Mirror Mirror on the Wall', features more than 40 portraits from the late 1700s to the 1970s. Young visitors can choose from a selection of costumes and try them on before a mirror.

Honor Oak Sure Start in the London borough of Lewisham

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  • Wednesday, February 4, 2004
Honor Oak Sure Start in the London borough of Lewisham celebrated its second birthday last week with a visit from 'EastEnders' star Sylvester Williams, known to viewers as Mick who ran the 'night caff' in Albert Square. As a father who regularly does the school run, he talked about the contribution men can make both within the family and in the wider community. After speaking, he toured the Sure Start stands, which included dental health, additional healthcare, antenatal support and early education. Entertainment included music and magic shows by Betty Banana and Funky Mr Fox, African music and costume, and face painting as well as dance and music workshops for under-fives.

Shame on councils

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  • Wednesday, February 4, 2004
As the national employer of nursery nurses in the state sector, members of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA), should be ashamed of themselves in allowing this strike to get as far as it has. Without these women and men, we parents would be at a loss - and so would our children. Yes, as parents, we can offer some form of learning at home, but it would not be to the standard that the nursery nurses do. And yes, I have seen in my own daughter's nursery that it seems to be the nursery nurse who does most of the work - a lot more than the teacher who always seems to be sitting at her table doing paperwork of sorts, when she is earning twice the salary.

Drink up

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  • Wednesday, February 4, 2004
The Steady Cup from Hippychic is useful for children who generally dislike trainer cups and has been designed by a nurse to encourage successful drinking without the need for a spout or top. The cup has a 3D effect with an open top, child-friendly handle and wide base to aid stability. Once the cup has been put down it will not tip over and it is suitable for use from 12 months upwards. Available in blue, red, aqua, green, pink and yellow, the Steady Cup is priced 2.99 or 9.99 for a pack of four. Telephone 01278 434440 www.hippychic.com

By the book

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  • Wednesday, January 28, 2004
AREAS OF LEARNING Nursery Topics - Mick Inkpen books covers all six areas of learning in the Foundation Stage curriculum in England, but it can be easily adapted to suit the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish early years curricula. The areas of learning are indicated as follows:

Greater subsidy demanded as nursery costs rise 5 per cent

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  • Wednesday, January 28, 2004
The cost of placing a child under two in a day nursery in England has risen by almost 5 per cent in the past 12 months, according to research by the Daycare Trust. The Trust's 2004 survey of childcare costs, published earlier this week, found that average day nursery fees have risen by more than inflation for the third year running, from 128 a week in 2003 to 134 a week now - almost 7,000 a year. In London and the south-east, a nursery place costs around 168 a week.

Reader offer!

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  • Wednesday, January 14, 2004
We have ten copies of Clapping Games by Jenny Mosley and Helen Sonnet (Positive Press, 15.99) to give away to Out of School readers. Send your name and address on the back of a postcard or envelope, marked 'Clapping' to the address on page 3. Winners will be the first ten names drawn on 29 January. Look out for More Clapping Games (Positive Press, Pounds 16.99 with DVD) which is out on 1 February 2004. Nursery World (TSL Education Ltd) and its associated companies may from time to time wish to process, or disclose your data to approved third party companies, in order to monitor our service and send you future promotions.

Side lines

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  • Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Drama club leader Alex Marker outlines three exercises that aren't acting, but which will contribute to the whole process of theatre and a performance on stage In one of my year six groups there is a boy called William. At the beginning of any given session I usually start with several games and warm-up exercises. Inevitably, during or just after I have explained the rules for the next exercise, William will pipe up in mock indignation, 'Yes! But are we going to do any acting yet?' Over the term this phrase evolved into one of the group's in-jokes, perhaps highlighting the fact that what I set my groups often doesn't have any immediate correlation to performing a rehearsed part.

Childminders cheer privacy on internet

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  • Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Childminders in England have warmly welcomed Ofsted's decision to keep their personal details private by putting only their registration number and postcode with their inspection reports on its website. Ofsted said on Tuesday that the move would 'ensure the confidentiality and security of childminders and minded children' and that it would not begin putting these details on its website until April 2005 at the start of its next childcare inspection programme.

Building laws to stop child burns

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  • Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Child safety organisations have endorsed Government proposals to reduce the number of injuries from scalding water. The Government said last week that, following campaigning by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), it was proposing bringing water temperature safety within the scope of building regulations in England and Wales. This would ensure that thermostatic mixing valves were fixed to bath taps to control the temperature of water coming out of showers and hot taps to baths and basins in all new or converted private housing by 2006.

Curiouser & curiouser

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  • Wednesday, January 7, 2004
Children's innate and all-important sense of curiosity about the world around them can be fostered by adults who provide them with questions and learning opportunities Curiosity, or an eager desire to know, is the key to the joy of learning.

Shabby treatment

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  • Wednesday, January 7, 2004
New Labour has piloted some innovative childcare programmes but, argues Julian Grenier, its business model for delivering public services is not going to work Gordon Brown's promise to fund 1,000 Children's Centres has to be the most exciting policy for the early years announced by any Government. But do you ever get the feeling that for all the money the Government has put into the early years, things haven't got much better?

Community members joining health visitors

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  • Wednesday, January 7, 2004
A health project in Glasgow has recruited lay support workers from the community to work alongside health visitors to help give vulnerable children from deprived areas a better start in life. The groundbreaking work of the Starting Well Health Demonstration Project is currently being discussed at the British Psychological Society's Division of Educational and Child Psychology conference in Paris. The 3m project, which offers intensive support for families in the home and gives them access to facilities in the community, has already helped 1,800 families in two of the Scottish city's poorest areas. It is now entering its second phase after being funded initially for three years when it was established in 2000.

Childhaven Community Nursery School in Scarborough

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  • Wednesday, January 7, 2004
Childhaven Community Nursery School in Scarborough has become the first local authority-maintained nursery school in England to be given a nationally accredited quality assurance award. Betsy Hill, chair of the North Yorkshire Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership, awarded the North Yorkshire kitemark to headteacher Kate Tate. A plaque was also unveiled and each member of staff and each child received a kitemark badge. Christine Goldsack, national co-ordinator of the kitemark quality assurance scheme, said, 'North Yorkshire and Scarborough in particular should be delighted that children and their families are benefiting from the very high quality at Childhaven. It has been delightful to see children so happy, busy and enthusiastic to learn.' All settings providing care and education for children under six are being encouraged to strive for a quality assurance award.

Network criteria

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  • Wednesday, January 7, 2004
The comment in the news story 'Networks "a success story"' (20 November) about childminding networks in England needing to be approved by the National Childminding Association is misleading. For this financial year, in order for local authorities to qualify for the 25,000 grant, the network does not necessarily have to be approved under the NCMA's quality assurance scheme, but rather, as the report states, 'be approved by the NCMA's quality standards as Children Come First networks or meet broadly similar criteria'. It is not mandatory for the network to be NCMA-approved.

Fur play

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  • Tuesday, January 6, 2004
Harry Harrington is a special teddy bear. His owner Chrissie Clark has developed a huge personality for this furry friend who helps improve standards in the classroom

Tighter police checks urged

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  • Wednesday, December 31, 2003
Organisations representing the early years sector and school staff across the UK have called for the Government to tighten up its system of checks on all people working or applying to work with children. The calls followed the two life sentences given to school caretaker Ian Huntley for murdering ten-year-old Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman at his home in Soham in August 2002.

The Skills Active Playwork Unit

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  • Wednesday, October 8, 2003
The Skills Active Playwork Unit is holding a series of 12 one-day regional events across the UK from mid-October to mid- November as part of the consultation process for developing the National Occupational Standards for Level 4 in playwork and for reviewing the Level 3 qualification. The morning sessions will concentrate on playwork qualifications, followed by joint discussions in the afternnon with early years professionals on areas in common and differences between developing National Occupational Standards in playwork and those in early years. For full details of dates and venues visit the website www.playwork.org.uk/nos.

Out of the blue

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  • Wednesday, October 8, 2003
The sky's the limit for thinking and learning when you lead the children in exploring one of the most overlooked aspects of our environment, says Helen Shelbourne Adult-led activity

A private matter

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  • Wednesday, October 8, 2003
By Suzi Beaman, owner of Holding the Reins Nursery in Plymouth, Devon We have run our nursery and cared for children aged two to five for 12 years. Following our recent transitional Ofsted inspection, we were told we needed to respect the children's privacy. Apparently we didn't, in our practice of changing children's clothes or nappies because, taking a child and staff protection perspective, they are changed in view of another member of staff, and after outdoor water play we change the children in front of each other.

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