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Make a splash

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  • Tuesday, November 11, 2003
Pool your observations with the staff team for effective learning through water play, as Jane Drake continues our series on planning in the long, medium and short terms

Friend of the family

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  • Tuesday, November 11, 2003
A family inclusion worker is working wonders for nursery children who have special needs and their parents, reports Wendy Scott

By numbers

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  • Wednesday, November 5, 2003
What are the largest nursery chains in the UK up to? Catherine Gaunt on who did what in the past six months When the last issue of Nursery Chains was published in June the same names remained in the top 20 for the first time since we compiled our league table in summer 2001.

Punishment curbs on Scottish parents

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  • Wednesday, November 5, 2003
Parents in Scotland are no longer legally permitted to use certain types of physical force to punish their children. Section 51 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003, which became law on 27 October, has made it illegal for parents to punish children by shaking them, hitting them on the head, using a belt, cane, slipper, wooden spoon or other implement.

Chain fined for death of baby

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  • Wednesday, November 5, 2003
Aleading nursery chain will have to pay nearly Pounds 80,000 over the death of a baby in its care. Jigsaw Day Nurseries was fined 60,000 and ordered to pay 19,000 costs by a judge at Aylesbury Crown Court last week, after admitting to safety failures that led to the death of five-month-old Thomas Egan in April last year. The baby had been fed a breakfast cereal that contained cow's milk protein to which he was allergic.

Down's Syndrome Association

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  • Wednesday, November 5, 2003
The Down's Syndrome Association has won the Books for Learning and Teaching Award for its education support pack. The award was presented at the special needs conference held by the National Association for Special Educational Needs and the Times Educational Supplement last week at the Business Design Centre in London. The pack is a practical guide for mainstream schools that include pupils with Down's Syndrome. It gives information on successful inclusion, methods for improving literacy and numeracy, and a range of curriculum-based teaching materials. It costs 15from the Down's Syndrome Association, 155 Mitcham Road, London SW17 9PG or by phone on 020 8682 4001. The pack can also be downloaded free from the charity's website www.downs-syndrome.org.uk.

Just Learning

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  • Wednesday, November 5, 2003
Nursery chain Just Learning has opened a 1m, 112-place purpose-built nursery in Norwich and acquired two new nurseries in the Wavertree area of Liverpool. This brings the group's total number of sites to 60 and the number of registered places past the 5,000 mark for the first time. Just Learning chief executive Michael Fallon said, 'The 5,000-place milestone is a significant achievement for Just Learning and one which we are delighted to pass with these three new sites joining the group.' The chain has jumped from sixth to second place in the Nursery World league table of the UK and Ireland's largest nursery chains. For details, see the latest edition of Nursery Chains that comes free with this week's issue. The first director general for children anor Education and Skills, which was formed after the transfer of

Taking the initiative

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  • Wednesday, November 5, 2003
Can local authorities plan integrated early years services in the face of a profusion of new Government policies? Simon Vevers reports The Government extolled the virtues of service integration in its recent Green Paper Every Child Matters, but to early years practitioners the way in which its plethora of early years initiatives have been rolled out has often appeared anything but joined up. In spite of this contradiction, many local authorities have succeeded in forging partnerships and realising the concept of integration.

Resources and activities

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  • Wednesday, November 5, 2003
Outdoor opportunities for under-threes are often lost because practitioners overlook using such an exciting and stimulating space when planning activities. Indoor areas can limit children's exploration and investigation possibilities due to layout, limited space or resources. Try some of these ideas in your setting's outdoor area. Wellington sensation

Being sociable

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  • Wednesday, November 5, 2003
'Being good with people' has always been recognised as a strength in people's work and personal lives. Perhaps this is even more crucial in today's world, when the pace of life does not readily allow time for personal contacts. This situation is certainly not the case in early years settings, whose most noticeable aspect is likely to be their social ethos. Children are open and friendly. They chatter as they work and play. Disputes that flare up are usually settled amicably. The whole basis for young children and adults living and working together is founded on good relationships. We recognise that children are growing up in a social world and that from an early age they need to learn how to rub along with others.

Early years left out of help for housing

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  • Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Nursery nurses and other early years staff working for local authorities do not appear on the Government's list of key public service workers eligible for its 5bn affordable housing initiative in England. The key worker programme, which succeeds the Starter Home initiative from 1 April next year, was unveiled last week by deputy prime minister John Prescott. The programme will have four options to help key workers own their own homes, move up the property ladder to buy family homes or rent at affordable levels. A Key Teacher Homebuy will also provide equity loans of between 50,000 and 100,000 to 1,000 teachers about to move into leadership positions in London schools over the next two years.

Nursery nurses sexual orientation

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  • Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Nursery nurses working for Aberdeen city council are to be asked about their sexual orientation as part of a council-wide survey of employees. Aberdeen has issued the survey to its 11,000 staff, including nursery workers, to encourage them to disclose whether they are gay, lesbian, heterosexual, bisexual or transgender. The council said the survey was necessary to comply with European law. There is already legislation in place to protect employees from discrimination on grounds of sex, race and disability, which requires employers to produce statistics on the ethnic mix of the workforce. Critics of the survey said it was intrusive for employees and was a waste of council resources. However, the council said that staff could always select the 'no declaration' option if they did not want to disclose their private affairs.

Only natural

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  • Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Get down to earth in another of our series on exploring the four elements in your setting's outdoor area, by Jan White , development officer at Learning Through Landscapes

Trainees count as nursery staff

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  • Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Nursery operators may be allowed to count young trainees as up to half of their accredited staff, under an amendment in Ofsted's guidance to the Government's national standards for daycare in England.

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