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Study defends baby daycare

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  • Wednesday, May 21, 2003
Babies in daycare are just as active as those cared for at home and receive the same levels of stimulation through interaction such as singing, physical play and cuddling, according to research published last week. The research was carried out for nappy manufacturer Pampers as part of a long-term study based at the University of Bristol that is following the health of 14,000 children born in 1991-92. It found no significant differences in the amount of stimulation six-month-old babies received, whether their mothers worked full-time, part-time or stayed at home with them. At the age of three, there was no difference in the children's activity levels or emotional development.

Vote on children's champion urged

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  • Wednesday, May 21, 2003
The NSPCC last week called on the Government to stop prevaricating and appoint a children's commissioner in England. The call was made following a report by the parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights which said 'the Government's arguments for further delay do not carry conviction'.

Splash zone

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  • Wednesday, May 21, 2003
(Photograph) - Liam Grainger, aged three, and Gabriella Marshall, five, were among more than 100 children from local nurseries and childminders to make a splash at the opening of 'Splash Zone', a nature-themed play area run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and funded by a 47,570 grant from Sunderland EYDCP. Registered childcare providers and under-fives have been given free access to the facilities.

Project guide

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  • Wednesday, May 21, 2003
This project recognises that: * settings should be constantly resourced and organised in such a way as to offer learning opportunities across all areas of the Foundation Stage curriculum

Caring is enough

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  • Wednesday, May 21, 2003
In Mary Evans' report 'Put in the shade' (10 April), she asks, 'If we do not have teachers in the (Early Excellence) centres, how are they (presumably the children) going to relate to education?' She says that too much emphasis is placed on caring. What is wrong with caring for children? Don't we all need to feel valued and cared for? Why do pre-school children need to have an 'education'? My understanding of the Foundation Stage is that children are encouraged to play and will learn from their experiences.

Roll up

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  • Wednesday, May 14, 2003
Play ball for lively learning and exploring across the early years curriculum with these activities suggested by Jane Drake. Use children's interest in ball play as a starting point for learning in the indoor and outdoor areas through this cross-curricular project.

Off the peg

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  • Wednesday, May 14, 2003
A round-up of books, puzzles and other resources to help you get the most out of your project on clothes. Jigsaws & puzzles

Ofsted wants to reveal complaints

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  • Wednesday, May 14, 2003
Ofsted is looking for legal avenues that would let it tell parents the results of any investigations into complaints made by them against daycare providers without the provider's consent. At present parents are not told the result of any investigation carried out by Ofsted, unless the daycare provider investigated allows Ofsted to do so.

Nursery market value soars

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  • Wednesday, May 14, 2003
The UK day nursery market was worth an estimated Pounds 2.15 billion in 2002, more than five times its value at the start of the 1990s, according to a recent report published by the healthcare consultancy Laing & Buisson. Private sector providers generated 1.93 billion of the total, with the lion's share coming from sole traders or partnerships, which had a total income of 1.05 billion. Providers trading as companies earned 0.88 billion. The remainder of the total was generated by not-for-profit providers such as voluntary sector nurseries and local authorities. The market's total value grew by an estimated 16.5 per cent between 2001 and 2002.

Easy access

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  • Monday, May 12, 2003
Some early years settings have found an open-door policy promotes an effective partnership with parents, says Judith Stevens

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