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Scots rate Sure Start success

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  • Wednesday, May 29, 2002
An evaluation of the Sure Start Scotland programme has found huge enthusiasm for the initiative, with one interviewee going so far as to say, 'Sure Start Scotland is one of the best things that the Scottish Executive has come up with.' The evaluation of the first two years of the programme found that it had reached over 15,000 children and 6,000 parents. The Scottish Executive has allocated 80m funding for the first five years, to be distributed to all local authorities on a weighted basis to reflect population, deprivation and rural location.

Advisors recruit under new rules

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  • Wednesday, May 29, 2002
The Association of Advisors for the Under-Eights and their Families (AAUEF) is looking to recruit new members after surviving changes in the regulation of childcare that had put its future in doubt. At the AAUEF's annual general meeting a year ago it emerged that members who were among the local authority staff transferring to Ofsted would no longer be able to hold committee positions within the organisation. At a special general meeting in London last November a number of options were considered, including dissolving the association, before a new National Executive Committee was appointed.

The cerebral palsy charity Scope

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  • Wednesday, May 29, 2002
(Photograph) - The cerebral palsy charity Scope celebrated its golden anniversary last week with the publication of a book charting its first 50 years. Changing Society was researched and written by Chris Davies, a trustee member of the executive council. He said, 'Most of the people I spoke to have cerebral palsy. This is not just Scope's story, it is theirs too.' The book costs 8.80 (inc p&p) from Scope, Library and Information Unit, 6 Market Road, London N7 9PW.

Advice for carers on family reading

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  • Wednesday, May 29, 2002
Childcarers can find advice on how to encourage parents to read with their young children in a new guide by the National Literacy Trust. Nursery World was among the organisations involved in talks initiating Getting a Head Start: A good ideas guide for promoting reading to young families.

Teaching assistants need personal touch

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  • Wednesday, May 29, 2002
A teaching assistant's personal qualities are even more important than training in determining whether he or she contributes effectively to children's learning, according to research carried out by a team from the University of London's Institute of Education. The research team could not reach conclusive evidence on whether teaching assistants improved children's educational attainment, because in some classes the assistants were used effectively and in others they were not. There were also particular problems when support was not well planned and did not link clearly to teachers' aims and lesson plans.

What should I do if a child wants to tell me something important?

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  • Wednesday, May 29, 2002
Make no mistake - you are in a huge position of trust here. A child is giving you information they may never have given to anyone else, so the way you deal with it will be vital. If a young person tells you that they want to talk to you about something that is worrying, hurting or frightening them:

Degree benefits are immeasurable

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  • Wednesday, May 29, 2002
I would like to respond to the feature 'The first degree' (16 May) as I feel the article painted a rather gloomy picture of the benefits for early years practitioners of studying for an Early Childhood Studies degree. The article acknowledged that such degrees can provide a route into teaching, and other careers, but then it reverted to the ongoing issue of low pay and inadequate career progression for early years practitioners. Only a limited range of views was presented. A more balanced perspective might have been offered if more students, and those on part-time degrees (combining studying with early years work) had been included.

Worth recognition

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  • Wednesday, May 29, 2002
I am a nursery nurse working in a primary school reception class. I have the qualifications the NAMCW Advanced Certificate in Childcare and Education, NAMCW Conversion to Diploma and NAMCW Certificate in Nursery management. When completing the courses we were told NAMCW (National Association for Maternal and Child Welfare) would no longer exist and that it would now be called CACHE (Council for Awards in Children's Care and Education). Unfortunately, few people recognise my qualification and when trying to obtain a degree, my qualifications do not count in the same way as CACHE.

Caring and sharing

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  • Wednesday, May 29, 2002
This Early Excellence Centre has a well-developed system for sharing its ideas, as Julian Grenier found Val Buckett, the head teacher of Pembury House Centre for Childhood in Tottenham, London, is not proud. 'Early Excellence is not about people coming in to admire us,' she says. 'It is an attempt to break through professional isolation and the lack of support experienced by many workers in the early years.'

Welcome signs

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  • Wednesday, May 29, 2002
Sessions for carers and parents to drop in with children work wonders, as Julian Grenier finds A warm and very personal welcome awaits children, parents and carers when they come to the drop-in at Dorothy Gardner Nursery Centre. The Centre has been open for nearly 30 years in a bustling and densely populated corner of Westminster in central London. The staff are especially proud of the drop-in, says headteacher Pat Lacey. 'We welcome all people to the Centre, and the drop-in is usually the first point of call,' she says. 'We try to make people feel wanted, appreciated and valued. We've found that they often appreciate us in the same way.'

Share schemes

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  • Wednesday, May 29, 2002
Staff work jointly with parents in assessing a child's learning at this early years centre, says Julian Grenier Lynn Kennington, the head of Gamesley Pre-School Centre in North Derbyshire, is forthright about her priorities. 'Parents are at the forefront of our thinking. They are the child's first educators,' she states. 'We are here as a resource for the community, for the child and the family.'

A base that reaches into the heart of the community

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  • Wednesday, May 29, 2002
The ACE Centre is the base for professionals from many different services who are working together. Their common agenda is to find out what people need and then provide it. It is a kind of working which is still exploratory, and is sometimes challenging. 'We are all committed and caring professionals at the centre,' says Clempson, 'but you never get to the point where you've "cracked it". This work isn't just about words on bits of paper. We have found that when people are working together for the first time, their own needs have to be met even as we are working to meet the needs of the people we serve.'

Animal welfare: Hop to it!

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  • Tuesday, May 28, 2002
There are many ways for young children to learn respect and appreciation for animals without keeping live ones in their school or nursery, as Marie Charlton explains

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