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Project guide

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  • Wednesday, July 17, 2002
This project recognises that: * Settings should be constantly resourced and organised in such a way as to offer learning opportunities across all areas of the Foundation Stage curriculum.

Fight over funding for three-year-olds

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  • Tuesday, July 16, 2002
Angry parents and private nursery owners  have won a reprieve on the funding of places for three-year-olds outside local authority provision after Dundee City Council backtracked on plans to stop subsidising them.

1.2m in grants to develop nurseries

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  • Wednesday, July 10, 2002
A factory, a former cinema and derelict farmland are among 14 sites designated for new neighbourhood nurseries with grants worth more than 1.2m from the New Opportunities Fund (NOF). Among the recipients is the Highfields Community Nursery and Training Centre in Leicester, which is receiving a grant of nearly 270,000 so that the Red Kite Nursery can create 30 new places for children aged up to four.

Scottish Pre-School Play Association Fun Day

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  • Wednesday, July 10, 2002
More than 100 children and their parents took part in a Scottish Pre-School Play Association Fun Day held as part of last month's National Childcare Month celebrations. The event was organised by the Perth and Kinross branch with activities on an environmental theme. Children planted more than 50 pots with a donation of sunflower seeds from Nursery World. Carole Anderson, the SPPA development manager for Perth and Kinross, said, 'It was a glorious day and everyone who came along enjoyed it.'

Three defeats in the House of Lords for Government education reforms

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  • Wednesday, July 10, 2002
Government education reforms suffered three defeats in the House of Lords last week. The Lords rejected proposals to allow school governing bodies to form companies, plans to cut red tape in schools and a move to endorse school forums. However, a spokeswoman for the Department for Education and Skills said proposals were still intact to allow schools to provide childcare and other services, contained in clause 26 of the Education Bill, entitled 'The power of governing bodies to provide community facilities', and the plans had passed scrutiny in the Lords.

Nursery backers on war footing

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  • Wednesday, July 10, 2002
Childcarers and parents are being summoned to a 'council of war' to step up their campaign to prevent the closure of a local council nursery and one o'clock club. The local authority in the London Borough of Hackney decided on 24 June to shut the St John's Nursery, despite acknowledging that it has a full complement of 45 children and is located in a prime site in the centre of Hackney.

Clap hands

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  • Wednesday, July 10, 2002
Let children discover that their bodies are the only instruments they need to explore the joys of sound, with ideas by Denise Bailey Developing children's confidence and ability to communicate is central to early years education. The Curriculum guidance for the Foundation Stage states clearly that 'the development and use of communication is at the heart of young children's learning'. Yet there is increasing evidence that ever more children are experiencing speech and language difficulties.

Play for Children with Special Needs

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  • Wednesday, July 10, 2002
Some food for thought in your professional career Play for Children with Special Needs, Including Children aged 3-8. Edited by Christine Macintyre. (David Fulton, 14, 020 8996 3610)

Be prepared

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  • Wednesday, July 10, 2002
When you're going back to college for a childcare course, it helps to be aware of different learning styles and how to brush up your study techniques, says Maureen Smith Going to college as a mature student can be daunting. If you have signed up to start a childcare course in the autumn, there is a lot you can do to prepare in the meantime.

Expanding role for Scottish out-of-school clubs

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  • Wednesday, July 10, 2002
Scottish schools are being asked to make room for out-of-school clubs. Speaking at the Scottish Out of School Care Network (SOSCN) AGM in Glasgow last month, Cathy Jamieson, education minister, said that there was an opportunity for out-of-school clubs to play a key role in the New Community Schools programme in Scotland under which schools can employ non-teaching staff to run integrated services for pupils and their families.

Three-year-old Becky Want went down to the woods

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  • Wednesday, July 3, 2002
(Photograph) - Three-year-old Becky Want went down to the woods with her favourite teddy for Rutland's biggest-ever Teddy Bears Picnic. More than 600 children and their teddies attended the event, organised by Rutland Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership to coincide with National Childcare Month. Activities included a magician, nature trails, pony rides and a bouncy castle.

Children's radio group bids for station

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  • Wednesday, July 3, 2002
* A former children's television presenter has submitted a bid to operate London's first analogue children's radio station. Susan Stranks, former presenter of the ITV programme 'Magpie', submitted one of the eight bids made to the Radio Authority last week on behalf of Abracadabra, a radio station for children aged ten and under and their parents, carers and teachers, which launched a digital station earlier this year. In its application Abradcadra said it would meet its listeners' needs 'by playing a unique mix of music and speech, centred around fun and discovery for children, and parent-orientated entertainment and information for the grown-ups'.

Outdoor areas hinder Foundation Stage

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  • Wednesday, July 3, 2002
The use of outdoor areas is the most critical issue in implementing the Foundation Stage, according to a survey of an education union's members working in primary schools. Sixty per cent of participants surveyed by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) in last week's report, Firm Foundations?, identified the use of outdoor areas as a problem. Asked what was the most important difficulty they faced, 30 per cent picked outdoor areas - nearly double the proportion that selected the next most critical issues, planning and implementing the literacy and numeracy strategies.

Three-year-old Hannah Lunt blows bubbles

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  • Wednesday, July 3, 2002
(Photograph) - Three-year-old Hannah Lunt blows bubbles at last week's opening of the Twinkles Baby Unit at Ealing Hospital in London. The unit, part of the hospital's workplace nursery, has places for up to 12 babies. Aurea Jones, the hospital's director of human resources, said, 'We have been aware of the need for a unit for the under-twos for a long time, as we could not cater for our maternity leave returnees.' A 54,000 investment also included a refurbished nursery and outside play area.

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