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Leading Article

    News
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2002
I don't know about you, but this is the time of year when I find everything seems to open up and new avenues suddenly appear more possible. Our feature on nannying in Italy (p14) describes just the sort of lifestyle that makes people in this office say they wish they were nannies. If you prefere to stay closer to home, we map out how to find a nanny job, whether you are newly-qualified or simply want to check you're doing it right (p12). Developments in Government thinking, that we analyse on p6, have led some people to suggest there won't be so many nanny jobs in future, or that having a nanny will become a less attractive option. I expect that nothing much will actually change. Many parents will continue to prefer nannies for the same reasons they do now - flexibility and dedication - not to mention some economies of scale compared with nurseries or childminders. Parents know that nannies are value for money. At least the controversy over tax credits puts that issue out in the open.

Brass tax

    News
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2002
The Government seems to have come up with half a policy on helping parents pay for childcare in their homes, says Stephen Vahrman - but it still leaves nannies out in the cold Nannies and the parents who employ them will be affected by two important policy announcements in Chancellor Gordon Brown's April Budget speech. They come down to a matter of: do you want the bad news first, or the even worse news?

What shall we do now? Making a picture book

    News
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2002
What better way for children to learn that books are something to enjoy and cherish than to make one of their own? The best part is, this activity can easily be adapted for even the youngest of authors. The first thing you'll need is a character. Sit down with the child, and ask them who their book will be about. It could be themselves, a favourite TV star, or even an imaginary friend. If they have trouble deciding upon a character, give them several options and let them choose.

Siblings: Brothers & sisters

    News
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2002
Whether they are overprotective or constantly fighting, siblings need to be treated as individuals if they are to realise their full potential, writes Jennie Lindon

Student links

    News
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2002
* This article links to elements C3.1, C3.2, C3.3 of the NVQ 3 in Early Years Childcare and Education. Evidence collector: If you are a student, you may wish to carry out the following activity. Remember to consult with your supervisor and/or the children's parents if necessary.

Jet setters

    News
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2002
While the families of children in your care plan their holidays, says Emma Haughton, you can make them aware of possible hazards and help them to travel safely Couples with young children tend to have bigger incomes than they used to. They will probably have delayed having a family until their late twenties or early thirties and they may both work. At the same time the cost of holidays, particularly abroad, has fallen over the past 30 years. Result? More young children are being taken to exotic locations by their parents.

Guidance on the new legal

    News
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2002
Guidance on the new legal requirement for children with special educational needs to be included in mainstream education has been published by the ScottishExecutive. The new requirement, introduced as a result of the Standards in Scotland's Schools Act 2000, takes effect from 1 August 2003 and applies to all children attending school, nursery schools and classes, including non-local authority pre-school centres which receive local authority subsidy for places. The guidance urges local authorities to take account of information from pre-school and childcare staff, alongside other professionals and parents, when planning special needs provision, and clarifies the circumstances under which a mainstream setting may not be appropriate. It is available on www.scotland.gov.uk/publications.

Literacy hour leaves 'no time for thinking'

    News
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2002
The national literacy hour is not giving children opportunities to learn how to speak and think for themselves, according to an academic study. Researchers from Durham and Leicester Universities have found that teachers feel under pressure to keep up the pace of the literacy hour and are asking children questions which require only brief and unreflective answers, rather than taking an open-ended approach that allows the children to express their views at length. The study found that just one in ten of the spoken contributions children make during the literacy hour is longer than three words, with only five per cent longer than five.

Gross motor skills: Action stations

    News
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2002
Adults cannot hurry along children's gross motor development, says Penny Tassoni, but we can provide an environment that will encourage them when they are ready

Pressure mounts for nanny register

    News
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2002
Pressure should be exerted on the newly-constituted Better Regulation Task Force to reverse its previous recommendation to the Government and support the creation of a national register of nannies, says a leading nanny representative. Tricia Pritchard, professional officer at the Professional Association of Nursery Nurses, made the call after a Task Force spokesman said the recruitment of six new members to the 15-strong body would not alter its stance on the issue, which it set out in a report in 1998.

The Investors in People standard

    News
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2002
The Investors in People standard has been awarded to the Westminster Children's Society, whose operations and training manager, June O'Sullivan, said, 'We decided to be assessed for the award because we felt having an external stimulus would keep us on our toes. In a nursery staff are crucial to the quality of service provided. Helping them to develop and improve has a direct impact on the care and education of children.' A panel of assessors visited the society to interview staff and evaluate training programmes.

Figures of speech

    News
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2002
Close observation of children involved with small-world play can provide a wealth of opportunities to develop their oracy and language skills, writes Anne O'Connor Watch a child playing with small-world toys and it is likely you will hear talk of one kind or another. A very young or inexperienced child may appear to be 'babbling' - making noises as they move the farm animals around. Perhaps you will hear words and phrases as dinosaurs are made to march along in a line. You may hear complex dialogue between a parent and baby as the child is put to sleep in its cot in the doll's house. Or you may chance upon an elaborate retelling of 'The Three Bears', while plastic 'sorting'

Men at work

    News
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2002
What can managers do to integrate men into the nursery workforce? Mary Evans offers solutions When men choose to work in childcare, where they are outnumbered 99-1 by women, they are hailed as good role models for the children. But are their female colleagues as welcoming and helpful as they should be to this minority group?

Nannies are not childminders

    News
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2002
I am a qualified nanny and have worked as a nanny for the past 11 years. I do not want to register as a childminder, despite what the Government has said in its proposals to introduce nationally a new category of 'home childcarers' to allow childminders to look after children in the child's home (News, 25 April). I went to college for two years to train to become a qualified nursery nurse, not for a few weeks to become a childminder. Nannies and childminders cannot be classified as being the same.

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