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Going for gold

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  • Wednesday, September 1, 2004
The DCE has been hailed as the gold standard of childcare education, but is it at risk of losing its lustre? Mary Evans reports The two-year Diploma in Childcare and Education is often hailed as the gold standard of childcare qualifications, but even though more students are enrolling on DCE courses this term, some observers wonder if they really are on to a winner.

The delivery of parenting programmes in local communities

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  • Wednesday, September 1, 2004
The delivery of parenting programmes in local communities will be debated at a Sure Start conference in Edinburgh on 7 September. Delegates to the conference can learn about the various parenting programmes within the city and hear about examples of best practice, followed by a discussion of priorities for the future. The conference, at Heriot Watt University, is aimed at anyone working in the field of health or social care, and those delivering parenting programmes within the community. Limited spaces are still available. Contact John Heywood at Edinburgh's Childcare Partnership on 0131 270 6065.

Duty of care

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  • Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Minister for children Margaret Hodge talks to James Tweed about the issues in nursery education, public-private partnership, tax credits for childcare, and extended schools. Q Can you give us any more information about the Government's nursery education pilot for 6,000 two-year-olds?

Margaret Hodge, minister for children

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  • Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Over 6m is being put into five parenting helpline services, Margaret Hodge, minister for children, told the Parent Child 2004 conference in London. They will set up a database with information and contact details for local services. The Parentline Plus helpline is a first point of call for all parents and is available 24 hours a day on 0800 800 2222.

Childcare training offered by council

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  • Wednesday, June 23, 2004
A childcare training academy being set up in Edinburgh is aiming to help with staff shortages and reduce unemployment. The academy, which is a one-year pilot beginning on 30 August and involving 20 students initially, will be located in Pilton and run by the voluntary sector trainer and provider North Edinburgh Childcare, backed by both the city council and the early years partnership.

Reader offer

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  • Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Travel in style with baby thanks to this fantastic summer offer from Samsonite. The sling bag from its Odyssey range includes a changing mat, soiled clothing bag, mobile phone pocket and security compartment. The Weekender is big enough for an overnight bag with compartments for toys, clothes and toiletries and a quick-access pocket. They retail for 29.99 and Professional Nanny has one of each to give away free to the first two lucky readers' entries out of the bag on 22 July. Just send your name and address on a postcard marked 'Samsonite' to our address on this page. For details of more Samsonite products ring 01746 769 676 or see www.baby-travel.com.

Behind the scenes

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  • Wednesday, June 16, 2004
In addition to keeping up to date with all issues surrounding child development, practitioners in early learning settings have to ensure that there is good training and ongoing staff development. Here are some of the courses and workshops on offer. 4Children

Digging deep

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  • Wednesday, June 16, 2004
'The Foundation Stage was introduced as a distinct phase of education for children aged three to five in September 2000. In preparation, curriculum guidance for the Foundation Stage was distributed in May 2000 to all schools with nursery and reception classes and to early years settings receiving nursery education grant funding. This sets out six areas of learning which form the basis of the Foundation Stage curriculum. These areas are: personal, social and emotional development; communication, language and literacy; mathematical development; knowledge and understanding of the world; physical development; and creative development.

Breathe easy

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  • Wednesday, June 16, 2004
The health problems children may have in their early years can haunt them for the rest of their lives. Although most people are getting healthier and living longer, some health problems in children are getting worse - and it is not just related to a diet of junk food and a lack of exercise. More and more children have allergies to different foods or trouble breathing due to asthma or having to live with HIV. The following are charities and organisations that specialise in issues surrounding children's health and can provide advice, support and resources for early years professionals. Allergies and anaphylaxis Allergy UK

Firm foundations

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  • Wednesday, June 16, 2004
'Foundation Degrees are new, intermediate level, vocational higher education qualifications. They integrate academic and work-based learning through close collaboration between employers and universities/colleges. 'They offer a new route into and through higher education. They can reduce the barriers to learning, offering full-time, modular, distance and e-based learning modes, or a combination of all these, across a variety of locations such as employer premises, higher and further education colleges and universities. They can also offer recognition of relevant prior learning and experience. They are distinctive because they require the active involvement of employers and employer bodies, such as the relevant Sector Skills Councils (previously National Training Organisations) and professional bodies, in their design, implementation and review.

Quality childcare will 'depend on staffing'

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  • Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Raising the quality of provision - the key theme of National Childcare Week this week - will not be realised without investing in a well-trained and committed workforce and halting the current turnover of staff, according to new research. Child Benefits: the importance of investing in quality childcare, published by the Daycare Trust and supported by the nursery chain Bright Horizons Family Solutions, says that 'staff turnover, retention and training issues pose great problems to developing a stable workforce that can really deliver on quality'.

Lift Off competition winners

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  • Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Lift Off competition winners Emma Steatham, Donya Davidson and Rachael Craig help First Minister Jack McConnell unveil a plaque at the opening of ChildLine Scotland in Aberdeen last month. Primary school children participating across Aberdeenshire had to complete the sentence, 'ChildLine is cool because...'. Mr McConnell said, 'Alongside support for organisations like ChildLine we will pursue reform of the Scottish child protection system.' The centre was opened with the help of a one-off grant to ChildLine Scotland of 500,000 over two years from the Scottish Executive.

Breakfast clubs fight for survival

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  • Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Out-of-school clubs in Fife are struggling to make breakfast provision viable, according to a review by Fife Council. Based on interviews with 49 clubs in the region, the council found that many breakfast clubs 'struggled' with very low uptake and high operating costs. Use was as low as two to three children in some clubs that had a registered capacity for ten times that amount.

About this series

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  • Wednesday, June 16, 2004
'A schema is a pattern of repeated actions. Clusters of schemas develop into later concepts.' (Chris Athey, 2003) These articles have been written by the Pen Green Team as a result of monthly seminars with Chris Athey, during which individual children's learning is reflected on and discussed at length. The articles are a brief introduction to schemas, which are just one lens through which children's development and learning can be viewed.

Get it straight

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  • Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Everything connects as one child works out his fascination with lines, observed by the Pen Green Centre team in dialogue with Chris Athey Jack started at nursery when he was three years old. His family worker, Michelle, noted that he spent hours with the train set using trajectory, line and connection schemas.

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