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Support systems

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  • Wednesday, April 21, 2004
Working with children under the age of three can be a demanding job. Helen Moylett outlines ways to ensure much-needed support mechanisms are firmly in place Writing in Nursery World about working with children under three, Peter Elfer ends with an appeal: 'We now need to turn our attention at a national level to the demands on and the needs of childcarers working with babies and toddlers. The intense emotional demands of their work remains one of the most neglected areas in early years practice.' ('Close encounters', 30 January 2003.) Julia Manning-Morton takes up this need for practitioner support in Part One of Birth to Three (Nursery World, 22 January 2004), describing the work as 'demanding and complex' and stressing that to work successfully with this age group, practitioners need the support of well-trained and understanding managers.

Ban 'deliberate violence' now

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  • Wednesday, April 21, 2004
By Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, deputy secretary general of the Council of Europe. (Taken from the sixth Kilbrandon lecture on justice for children.) The hesitation of the UK Government and some other states to grasp the nettle and legislate to respect children's fundamental rights appears to be based on their perception of and fear of public opinion. Banning corporal punishment is still a controversial issue in some states.

We need a happy ending to this story

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  • Wednesday, April 21, 2004
Both the 'In my view' by Rosemary Williams ('Tormented by a paper ogre', 12 February) and the letter 'Escaping the ogre' by Audrey Bowers (18 March) bemoaned the amount of paperwork being foisted upon nursery staff. I am the owner/manager of two nurseries. As such, I have become much less hands-on with the children and more of a juggler of time to allow my staff to complete all the necessary bureaucracy. This is as well as having two administrative support workers.

Move it

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  • Wednesday, April 14, 2004
A child's cluster of schemas is observed in the second in a series of articles by the Pen Green Centre team in dialogue with Chris Athey Chloe, age three years and six months, is in her second year at nursery. We have noticed her transporting objects around the nursery in various ways over a long time.

Temporary childcarer demands red tape cut

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  • Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Acompany that provides daycare at many national conferences and other events across the UK has renewed its call for the Government to simplify legislation over mobile creches and holiday playschemes. Nipperbout, a company based in Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire, last week ran the creche at the National Union of Teachers' conference in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

Work-life balance scrutinised

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  • Wednesday, April 14, 2004
The Government's future line on childcare has been hinted at by MP Alan Milburn. The former health secretary said he would like to see the Government produce a cross-departmental White Paper that outlined its work-life balance strategy for the next ten to 15 years.

Two-year-old Francesca Warren of Wardley Parent and Toddler group

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  • Wednesday, April 14, 2004
(Photograph) - Two-year-old Francesca Warren of Wardley Parent and Toddler group proudly holds her first-prize certificate after her wall frieze of an Easter scene won her 100 worth of Early Learning Centre vouchers. Sure Start Leam Lane organised the competition, held at Leam Lane Methodist Church in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. Photo: Neil Wasp/i2i

A month in the life of Harry Tobias

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  • Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Having first smiled at four weeks old, Harry's smiles increased during the following week, initially just at his parents, followed by sister Jasmine and then other family members. He also appeared to grin just as he was about to be fed. Harry's second kidney scan and appointment with the paediatric consultant confirmed that his good kidney is slightly larger than usual, which is positive because it has to do the work of two. The deformed kidney is a mass of cysts (a multi-cystic kidney) and will never function.

Take a break

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  • Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Pennies are about to fall from heaven for working and low income parents. Mary Evans explains new measures

Aiming high

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  • Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Teaching assistants will take on more responsibility under a new programme to recognise their professional competence. Mary Evans reports

Parents' debts hit providers' pockets

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  • Wednesday, April 7, 2004
Childcare providers are increasingly being left with bad debts and sustainability problems because many parents are facing 'an affordability gap' and cannot pay the fees in spite of receiving tax credits. Rosemary Murphy, chief executive of the National Day Nurseries Association, said that the Government's 70 per cent maximum limit for help with childcare costs, reduced funding for the second child and none for the third, left the poorest parents 'with a significant amount of money to find each week'.

More children 'are escaping poverty'

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  • Wednesday, April 7, 2004
As many as 200,000 children in the UK have been lifted out of relative income poverty in the past year, the Government claimed last week. Work and pensions secretary Andrew Smith said the number of children in absolute poverty had fallen more rapidly, with 2.1 million fewer 'growing up with their opportunities undermined by acute financial hardship'.

Carers consulted about complaints

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  • Wednesday, April 7, 2004
The views of early education and childcare providers are being sought by the Care Commission as part of its review of the complaints process. The move follows an internal review of the system last autumn, which included consultation with staff about how the complaints procedure was working in practice. The exercise is now being expanded to include external stakeholders with the launch last week of a consultation on a revised complaints procedure.

Nursery activities

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  • Wednesday, April 7, 2004
Follow the example of staff at Roscoe Day Nursery in Leeds and set up an outdoor interactive display area that will support children's investigations and explorations in the natural world. Planned learning intentions

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