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All in order

    News
  • Wednesday, January 29, 2003
A round-up of some of the best resources available to help you get the most out of a topic on pattern THREADING PATTERNS

Editor's view

    News
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2003
Our annual nanny salary survey, published in Professional Nanny with this week's Nursery World, always causes a stir, and the latest research paints a very different picture from the boom in wages of the past few years. The economic slowdown that has led to redundancies in areas such as financial services and IT, plus the Government's refusal to give tax breaks to parents employing nannies, has meant job losses for some nannies as parents turn to other, more affordable options. Stephen Vahrman of Nannytax analyses the facts and figures. It now looks as though parents employing nannies may be able to claim childcare tax credit from April if their nanny registers as a childminder (see News, page 4). This raises many as yet unanswered questions, such as whether the parents' home will have to be inspected.

Multilingual service launched

    News
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2003
A multilingual service has been launched by the Daycare Trust to make it easier for non-English speaking parents to gain access to information on childcare. The Language Line, which covers more than 100 languages, will provide three-way communication over the phone with callers connected to an interpreter via the operator. The Trust said research has shown that language problems and lack of information on childcare are barriers to work and study for parents. Stephen Burke, Daycare Trust director, said, 'Better childcare services for minority ethnic families will help build a thriving multi-ethnic Britain where everyone has a better chance in life.' The helpline is on 020 7840 3350, Monday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm.

Partying by the book

    News
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2003
Daunted by the task of running a children's party but keen to have fun? See our feature on organising children's parties on page 10, and then read the rest of Tommy Donbavand's new book, Quick Fixes for Kids' Parties. We've arranged a special discount for Professional Nanny readers - you can buy the book for 6 including postage, saving you over 3. * Order your copy from: How To Books, Customer Services Department, Plymbridge Distributors Ltd, Estover Road, Plymouth PL6 7PY (tel: 01752 202301). Be sure to quote reference NW1 and allow 21 days for delivery.

Registration fees too steep, say agencies

    News
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2003
Nanny agencies in Scotland are joining forces to protest to the Scottish Executive about proposed charges for registration with the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care, which will see larger companies forced to pay more than 2,000.

Vulnerable families value childcare

    News
  • Wednesday, January 15, 2003
Families who are under stress and receiving support from social services find access to childcare particularly helpful, according to a study published by the Scottish Executive last week. Growing Support: A Review of Services for Vulnerable Families with Very Young Children is drawn from a survey of vulnerable families with children under three who had used social work services in different parts of Scotland. More than a third of the families had been the subject of child protection enquiries and more than a quarter had a history of domestic abuse. More than half the families were headed by a lone parent and almost one in five were affected by mental illness, usually that of a parent or partner, while a similar proportion had a history of drug dependency or alcohol abuse.

Children look up to the big boys

    News
  • Wednesday, January 15, 2003
A nursery in Falkirk has come up with a novel project involving teenage boys from the secondary school next door. Sixth year students from Grangemouth High School are giving up free lessons to help with activities at neighbouring Inchyra nursery, which some of them used to attend. The 17- and 18-year-olds volunteer for a maximum of two school periods a week.

Room at the top

    News
  • Wednesday, January 15, 2003
A pioneering nursery in a council tower block in Edinburgh is still going strong, as Barbara Millar climbs the stairs When Edinburgh Corporation built Westfield Court in 1951, the development was immediately hailed in the press as a 'showpiece'. The eight-storey block of 88 'labour-saving' homes, at an average rent of 38 shillings and seven pence, was then - at 90 feet - the tallest block of flats to be built in Scotland. It boasted gas-operated incinerators in each apartment, to reduce refuse to ash, 'sun-trap' balconies overlooking a bowling green, constant hot water and a small, self-operated lift. To cap it all - literally - on the top floor of the building, a purpose-built nursery was opened in 1953.

Bearded saviours

    News
  • Wednesday, January 15, 2003
I am writing regarding the recent coverage editorially and on the Letters page of Nursery World of two subjects - Halloween and Santa Claus. I was outraged at the number of practitioners who said they welcome Halloween as 'harmless fun'. Really? As a nursery nurse, university student, Christian and future mother I am very alarmed at the lack of care shown here. Encouraging interest in magic, ghosts and ghouls does not benefit children psychologically or emotionally. As a Christian I would never allow my children to be exposed to this nonsense, and I would point out to them the obvious dangers of 'trick or treat'. In this day and age, what parent in their right mind would allow their children to be exposed to such potential dangers as abduction?

It's a new year

    News
  • Wednesday, January 15, 2003
By Anne Longfield, chief executive of Kids' Clubs Network. 2002 was a successful year. We saw the publication of the Government's major inter-departmental review of childcare, the first financial commitment to the growth of children's centres, the introduction of the new Child Tax Credit and the Education Act giving schools the power to run community services such as childcare.

Lift the lid

    News
  • Wednesday, January 15, 2003
A box that tells the main events of a child's life, and reveals his hopes and dreams when opened, is precious indeed, says Miranda Walker This unusual activity has great appeal to children of all ages. It's creative, requires the children to reflect on their lives, and to think about their aspirations for the future. The children are unlikely to have done anything like it before, so why not give it a try?

Childminders honoured

    News
  • Wednesday, January 8, 2003
(Photograph) - Childminders who have provided a total of 535 years of services for thousands of children in England and Wales were honoured by the National Childminding Association chair Lynn Daley (centre) and other members at the NCMA's conference and annual general meeting in Eastbourne, West Sussex. Certificates were presented to the NCMA members attending the conference who had worked as childminders for more than 25 years.

Well connected

    News
  • Wednesday, January 8, 2003
Look into the minds of babies and toddlers as Kevin Kelman and Alice Sharp embark on an informative new series Parents have always recognised the newborn's basic need for safety, nourishment, warmth and nurturing. Now science has added stunning revelations about human development from birth to age three, confirming the critical influence of parents and other adult caregivers.

Childcare for National Health Service staff

    News
  • Wednesday, January 8, 2003
Childcare for National Health Service staff is the focus for a conference in London on 12 February. 'Beyond Workplace Nurseries' is the second annual NHS childcare conference organised by the Daycare Trust on behalf of the NHS. Speakers will include health minister John Hutton, Nick Tooze of the Sure Start Unit, and Daycare Trust director Stephen Burke. Workshops topics will include developing local strategy; working in partnership; and employers, tax credits and childcare. There will also be a panel discussion with Debbie Mellor of the Department of Health, Delyth Lloyd-Evans of the Pan-London Workforce Development Confederation, and Karen Jennings of Unison. For details contact Leona Walsh at Daycare Trust on 020 7840 3350 ext 204. * See special report, page 10

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