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Fears for Sure Start allayed by Blunkett

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  • Wednesday, June 8, 2005
The services that local Sure Start programmes offer must not be 'diluted' as children's centres are rolled out across the country, David Blunkett, minister for work and pensions, reminded parents and early years and childcare workers last week.

Breakfast is eaten by 94 per cent of under-fives every day

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  • Wednesday, June 8, 2005
Breakfast is eaten by 94 per cent of under-fives every day, and half eat it at nursery at least once a week, a National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) survey of 1,000 parents has found. The favourite breakfast foods were cereal (68 per cent), toast (19 per cent) and fruit (13 per cent). Day nurseries will hold Big Breakfast events this month to support NDNA's healthy eating campaign and celebrate National Sure Start Month.

Asquith Nurseries

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  • Wednesday, June 8, 2005
* Asquith Nurseries celebrated the official opening of its nursery at Wolverton Mill in Milton Keynes on 27 May. Wolverton Mill was part of the four-strong chain of Kinderstart Day Nurseries bought by Asquith in January. Following the official opening, guests and children enjoyed a party with an Asquith rabbit cake, a bouncy castle and a visit from Asquith Rabbit himself.

Term-time places tempt working parents

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  • Wednesday, June 1, 2005
A private day nursery in Sheffield has embarked on what could be a growing trend in provision with the introduction of term-time-only places. Sunflower Children's Centre in Gleadless is offering the term-time-only service for parents looking for more flexible childcare. So far, a quarter of the nursery's 64 places have been taken on a term-time basis.

Childcarers line up for Sure Start celebration

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  • Wednesday, June 1, 2005
The fourth National Sure Start Month kicks off this week on 2 June. This year's theme is 'Your Children, Your Choice' and it is being co-ordinated by the Pre-school Learning Alliance (PLA). Celebrations will begin with an official launch party at London Zoo for families and early years and childcare workers. Thousands of local events will then take place across England. Last year more than 700,000 parents took part in over 5,000 events.

Jamie Oliver's 'Feed Me Better' campaign

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  • Wednesday, June 1, 2005
* Jamie Oliver's 'Feed Me Better' campaign has produced a double DVD of the hugely successful TV series, Jamie's School Dinners. Disc 1 contains the four TV episodes with an expletive-free option so the DVD can be played to children. Disc 2 has exclusive extras including a seasonal fruit and vegetable calendar, classroom activities, a food diary, a sample recipe, and Jamie's top tips on getting children to try new foods. The DVD costs Pounds 15.99 and is available in shops from 16 June.

Teaching peace

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  • Wednesday, June 1, 2005
Young Palestinians and Israelis are learning to live together in this unique setting, writes Eve Menezes Cunningham It may be difficult to imagine surviving day to day in occupied Palestine, but the staff at Hope Flowers Kindergarten and School are doing more than just surviving by refusing to give up their visions of peace, democracy and hope for their country. They provide a sanctuary as well as education for the children in their care.

Local authorities are adopting their own techniques to encourage healthy eating

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  • Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Local authorities are adopting their own techniques to encourage healthy eating. The catering team for the East Riding of Yorkshire last month held a 'Design your own healthy school lunch' competition, in which children from 70 primary schools used cardboard and plastic food cut-outs to plan their own healthy meals. The winners will receive a specially designed apron and the council will produce a book of the winning recipes.

Ask the expert

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  • Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Educational therapist Andrea Clifford Poston answers your queries about child behaviour Q I have sole charge of two girls, aged three and five. Their parents frequently work abroad. The girls are used to this and seem to take it in their stride. However, recently they were away for two weeks, and I found the five-year-old was taking money from the car parking tin in the car and hiding it in her shoe. She stopped when her parents returned, but now she is stealing things like sweets and biscuits. She sobs bitterly when she is discovered but continues to steal. How can I stop her?

A parent's guide to (avoiding) worksheets

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  • Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Bookshops and newsagents sell a large range of workbooks and worksheets and parents can feel as though they will not be doing their best for their child unless they buy them and work through them with their children. The problem with worksheets is that they can turn learning, which young children find such fun, into a slog or chore. While time spent with your child is vital to their learning and development, there are many more useful things that you can be doing to help. The guidance says the workbook activities will help my child to achieve the early learning goals. Isn't this a good idea?

Our recommended choice

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  • Wednesday, May 25, 2005
DOING YOUR EARLY YEARS RESEARCH PROJECT: a step-by-step guide. By Guy Roberts-Holmes. (17.99, Paul Chapman). Reviewed by Nicola Gray, BA nursery management student This book goes through the whole process of conducting an early years research study. It is an easy, logical read with a user-friendly contents page.

Storing it up

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  • Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Get the best out of your outdoor equipment storage facilities with this expert advice from Jan White, senior early years development officer at Learning through Landscapes Every early years practitioner knows that the storage and organisation of equipment and resources is a key issue in outdoor provision. Setting out and clearing away each day can be time-consuming and require considerable effort. If equipment is difficult to get out and use, it is not likely to be used regularly.

Birthrates in England and Wales reached a ten-year high in 2004

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  • Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Birthrates in England and Wales reached a ten-year high in 2004, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics last week. There were 639,721 live births registered in England and Wales in 2004 - an increase of 2.9 per cent on 2003, when there were 621,469.

Sector pays tribute as Hodge moves on

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  • Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Children's minister Margaret Hodge was replaced by former immigration minister Beverley Hughes in Tony Blair's controversial cabinet reshuffle last week. The news, announced on 9 May after Nursery World went to press, sees Ms Hughes returning to Government after resigning as immigration minister in April 2004 for misleading the public over her knowledge of lax visa controls on East European immigrants.

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