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1,992 new non-teaching education staff employed

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  • Wednesday, August 6, 2003
Scottish local authorities employed 1,992 new non-teaching education staff - a category that includes classroom assistants working with children of all ages - in the year ending June 2002. The Joint Staffing Watch Survey: June 2002, published last week, revealed that the increase in non-teaching education staff accounted for nearly half of the year-on-year increase of 4,614 full-time staff working in Scottish local authorities, representing a 1.9 per cent increase between June 2001 and June 2002.

System overload

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  • Wednesday, August 6, 2003
The introduction of the new child and working tax credits has been dogged with computer problems and delays. Mary Evans reports The Government's flagship policy to make work pay by helping around six million low-paid families through a system of top-up payments in the form of tax credits has sailed into rough seas.

A wealth of experience

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  • Wednesday, August 6, 2003
There are several key factors that greatly influence and can improve the experiences of under-threes in childcare Relationships

Not before time

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  • Wednesday, August 6, 2003
I just wanted to thank Penny Tassoni for including childminders in her parent's guide to a sense of time ('In the past', 17 July). Having complained in the past that childminders were being excluded from these guides, I am pleased to see that they're now being included.

Quote of the week

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  • Wednesday, July 30, 2003
'I don't feel any more special than anyone else, just normal' Former nursery nurse Louise Brown, who celebrated her 25th birthday on 26 July and is the world's first test-tube baby, Independent on Sunday

Strike still on

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  • Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Nursery nurse members of Unison in Scotland are continuing to campaign for better pay and conditions with a programme of strike action. Last week staff in Inverclyde went on strike for three days, following colleagues in East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and South and North Lanarkshire the previous week. The action is due to continue in Falkirk and Stirling this week. This is the second phase of the campaign, maintaining pressure on local authorities following a first phase that closed council-run nurseries and nursery classes across Scotland in May and June, culminating in a national demonstration. Inverclyde Unison's service conditions officer Robin Taggart said, 'What is remarkable is the extent of support for nursery nurses, including parents who have had to deal with the disruption.'

Nursery activities

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  • Wednesday, July 30, 2003
A puppet named Jasper and a simple message board attached to the wall acted as a stimulus for the children of Little Learners Day Nursery in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, to put pen to paper Despite spending two years developing the office area of the nursery, children were not making use of it. So we decided to look for other ways of motivating them to write.

Adults must be reliable

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  • Wednesday, July 30, 2003
By Lena Nyberg, Swedish ombudsman for children (taken from a speech given at the European Network for School-Aged Childcare (ENSAC) conference in London last month) In Sweden, the work of the children's ombudsman is guided by issues that children and young people themselves emphasise as major problems. The issues they want adults to prioritise include bullying, stress and the work environment in school. Especially important are school lunches, changing rooms for PE, noise levels and toilets.

Expert opinions: Called into question

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  • Tuesday, July 29, 2003
Just because someone has Doctor or Professor in front of their name, it doesn't necessarily mean they have all the answers. Jennie Lindon offers some healthy scepticism

Extra time

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  • Wednesday, July 23, 2003
The latest childcare gap to be identified is among parents working unsocial hours - but they have to know that care is available before they will seek it. Simon Vevers investigates. While the Government urges employers to introduce 'family-friendly'

Award to Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantristant

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  • Wednesday, July 23, 2003
An international award for services to parents and babies has been made to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantristant. Welsh health minister Jane Hutt presented staff at the hospital with the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Award in recognition of the role played by midwives in providing breastfeeding advice. In May, the Welsh Assembly appointed a breastfeeding co-ordinator to improve rates of breastfeeding by working with health professionals and voluntary groups to support mothers. The daycare setting's name, address and inspection report will be published on the Ofsted website. But if the provider has a good reason for wanting the name, address and report withheld, such as being based on a military site or in a women's refuge, Ofsted will consider doing so.

Star performers

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  • Wednesday, July 23, 2003
This year's Excellence in Childcare Awards, run by Kids' Clubs Network with Nursery World and Prima magazines and sponsored by Sure Start, brings you the unsung heroes who have shaped the childcare sector with good practice, patience and perseverance. Nicole Curnow reports

Get fresh

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  • Wednesday, July 23, 2003
A project on fruit will encourage the children to explore colours, patterns and taste, as well as promoting a healthy diet, says Jean Evans Adult-led activity

Quote of the week

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  • Wednesday, July 23, 2003
'Unison has been overwhelmed by the public support for nursery nurses. It's a shame that the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities is failing to recognise this and is not moving to end the dispute. ' Matt Smith, Unison Scottish secretary, on the ongoing action by nursery nurses as part of the union's campaign for fair pay

Moorgate Nursery School

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  • Wednesday, July 23, 2003
(Photograph) - Three- and four-year-old children at Moorgate Nursery School in Ormskirk, Lancashire, came face to face with a Papua New Guinea stick insect when touring 'bug man' Roger Swailes visited the setting for a lesson on minibeasts. The school's head, Jan Holmes, said, 'Parents have noticed a big change in the way the children view insects since we began our topic on minibeasts. Children have held snails and now stick insects, without feeling any terror.'

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