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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.

Do you believe everything you read?

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  • Wednesday, August 4, 2004
So how reliable is the information you read? Just because it is published does not make it accurate. You need to be aware of bias, poor research methods and sensationalism. Internet sources

Just a unit on a production line

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  • Wednesday, August 4, 2004
So the school nurseries, sorry, Foundation Stage Units are taking in babes in arms now. It makes me wonder what they did before playgroups, pre-schools and private nurseries ever began. When young children had their first steps of independence, surrounded by others and learning through play. What a shame that it's come to this - strict guidelines, increasing paperwork, Ofsted Inspections, NVQ qualifications and much, much more - when all along it was intended that the trained school teachers knew best.

Single parents in Fife and Aberdeenshire will get access to high quality, affordable childcare

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  • Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Single parents in Fife and Aberdeenshire will get access to high quality, affordable childcare in an attempt to reintroduce them into the workforce. The 1m pilot project, funded by The Department of Work and Pensions, aims to establish whether lack of childcare prevents lone parents from returning to work. Local authorities will work with Jobcentre Plus to identify parents who could benefit from the scheme. They will be informed of childcare provision in the area and receive help to find affordable and flexible childcare. The pilot schemes, which are part of a UK-wide initiative, will run until March 2006.

National Family and Parenting Institute

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  • Wednesday, July 28, 2004
A guide outlining key areas of the law and how it affects parents and their families has been published by the National Family and Parenting Institute. Is It Legal? - a parents' guide to the law, contains information about recent changes in the law, such as the Anti-Social Behaviour Act, which looks at the laws governing the rights of parents to smack their children.

PLA welcomes inspection rethink

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  • Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Plans to restructure the Ofsted inspection service over the next three years have been welcomed by the Pre-School Learning Alliance (PLA). The Improving Ofsted programme, designed to deliver savings of 20 per cent in its annual budget by 2008, will involve reorganising the service around three major regions - Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester. Administrative support for inspections will also be merged regionally. Michael Freeston, the PLA's director of training and quality assurance, supported 'Ofsted's intention to make the inspection process clearer for nurseries'. He added, 'The proposed integration of services within Ofsted will make it easier for pre-schools to engage positively with inspection processes.'

Playful memories

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  • Wednesday, July 28, 2004
The Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) play department is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion the department is hosting a celebration in October and would like to invite any former play specialists to attend and share their memories of working at GOSH. The department had a stately beginning back in 1974, when the Queen visited the hospital to officially open the play area and met patients and staff.

National measure for child progress

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  • Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Families of deaf babies and children will be able to tell how well their child's development is progressing, with the announcement last week of a new tool to measure their progress against nationally recommended developmental standards. The move is funded through the expansion of the Early Support Pilot Programme, a 13m four-year Government initiative launched in 2002 to support families with disabled children aged under three.

Skills council will start in autumn

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  • Wednesday, July 21, 2004
The new Sector Skills Council for all those working in early years and children's social care will start to take on some of the duties previously undertaken by the Early Years NTO from as early as this autumn. Speaking at the tenth annual general meeting last week of the Council for Awards in Children's Care and Education (CACHE), chief executive Richard Dorrance confirmed that the Early Years NTO will be wound up as of 31 March 2005 and replaced by the Sector Skills Council for Social Care, Children and Young People.

In brief...

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  • Wednesday, July 21, 2004
A national alliance to tackle bullying in schools has been launched by the Department for Education and Skills. Anti-bullying experts starting work at the beginning of term in September will be based in every region of the country to provide practical help, advice and support to schools, parents and local education authorities. Teacher resources to tackle behaviour and attendance issues can be found at www.teachernet.gov.uk/tacklingbullying.

When no means no

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  • Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Hot and bothered, or sticking with a cold shoulder? Jennie Lindon looks at how to handle tantrums and stubbornness It does not matter how experienced you are as a nanny. At certain times you will have to deal with children who have gone beyond saying 'No' and whose behaviour is shouting it for them. All children will go over the top at some time, even those who are mostly peaceable and open to compromise.

Variety of life

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  • Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Explore the wide biodiversity in your outdoor area, says Claire Warden Create an outdoor area that will sustain a wide variety of plants and animals and use the area to extend children's experiences of the natural world.

Information please

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  • Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Annette Priest at Oxfordshire Children's Information Service - who says she nannied for many years - writes to point out that another good source for finding local facilities, activities and meeting points for childcarers is the Children's Information Service that every county operates. To locate your nearest CIS phone 0800 096 0296 or log on to www.childcarelink.gov.uk.

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